We fund and support Mvumi Secondary School in central Tanzania

Mvumi School Trust

Friends of Mvumi Secondary School was formed by declaration of charitable trust dated 23 March 1999 and first registered with the Charity Commission on the 15 April 1999. The name of the charity was changed to Mvumi School Trust in 2008.

Mvumi Secondary School classroom

The sole purpose of this charity is to provide funding and support for the teachers and students of DCT Mvumi Secondary School. This school is centered in the rural heartland of the central region of Tanzania. It was established in 1994 by the Anglican Church. The Trust is largely responsible for funding the recent reconstruction of the School. Our sponsorship scheme funds the cost of over one-hundred student bursaries and we also provide funds for approximately fifty scholarships.

Providing education in Tanzania

Tanzania is a comparatively poor country, which relies heavily on non-government organisations. Under the inspired guidance of the late Bishop Mhogolo, the Anglican Diocese of Central Tanganyika (DCT), of which the DCT Mvumi Secondary School forms part, has been active in providing schools, hospitals and other services for the community in the central region. Our charitable trust concentrates on supporting DCT Mvumi Secondary School.

Mvumi Secondary School students

The Trust is run by a small group of volunteers so that our administrative costs are low. However we do take such steps as are necessary to ensure that money donated by the Trust is used wisely and for the purpose for which it is intended.

Since the charity was registered over £1.5m has been raised for the school.

Sponsoring students and donating funds

A number of schools, institutions and many individuals sponsor students or donate funds. The process is straightforward and we shall always acknowledge your correspondence. Please see the Sponsor a Student page and the Donate page for more details.

Mvumi Secondary School students


An important part of supporting the school is the contribution made by volunteers. Many of our helpers are gap year students who combine an opportunity to see some of the real Africa with work in Mvumi Secondary School. To find out more about volunteering visit our Volunteer page.

Wildebeast and zebra in Tanzania

Keeping in touch

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Mvumi Secondary School student

Mvumi Secondary School students

The Trustees

  • Chairman: John Clark

    Chairman: John Clark

    John Clark was a scholar at St Peter's College, Oxford, reading Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He trained as a teacher in inner city Liverpool. He was Head of Economics and Politics, first at Ellesmere College and then at Eton College, before serving as a House Master at Eton for 13 years. At Eton he was actively involved in sport, drama and music.

    He succeeded Richard Morris as Headmaster of DCT Mvumi Secondary School in November 2006 and returned to Eton in September 2009 as Senior Tutor. He is a member of the working group that deals with the day to day administration of Mvumi School Trust. John is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

  • Lord Rose (formerly Sir Stuart Rose)

    Lord Rose (formerly Sir Stuart Rose)

    Sir Stuart Rose was made a Life Peer on the 17th September 2014. Lord Rose has  worked in retail for over 40 years, starting as a management trainee at Marks & Spencer and then the Burton Group. He became successively Chief Executive of Argos, Booker, Arcadia Group amd Marks & Spencer. In 2010 he retired from the  Chairmanship  of Marks & Spencer. He is currently Chairman of Ocado .He chairs Business in the Community and is  Chairman of Britian Stronger in Europe. Stuart's  early childhood was spent partly in Dar es Salaam and Morogoro, Tanzania. He is a qualified pilot and is interested in wine.

    He has generously funded several projects at DCT Mvumi Secondary School. His generous donations to Mvumi have funded the Rose Scholarships, the Harry Rose House hostel and the school's fresh water bore hole.

  • Honorary Treasurer and Working Group Member: Roderick Watson DL MA CA

    Honorary Treasurer and Working Group Member: Roderick Watson DL MA CA

    A Cambridge graduate in Economics and Law and a Scottish Chartered Accountant, Roderick was Bursar of Eton College for 12 years and Special Projects Adviser to Eton for 8 years. He was responsible for the design, planning and construction of the Eton College Rowing Centre, Dorney Lake, the designated venue for rowing and canoeing for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of Berkshire.

    He is a founding Trustee and Honorary Treasurer of the Trust and is a member of the working group that deals with the day to day business of Mvumi School Trust. He worked for a period in sub-Saharan Africa and visits Mvumi each year. He is a trustee and office holder with a number of other charities.

  • Fiona Davies

    Fiona Davies

    Fiona Davies became a  Trustee of the Mvumi School Trust in June 2014. Fiona is a trustee of the George Davies Charitable Trust which is a charitable partner in many of the Mvumi School Trust’s activities.The George Davies Charitable Trust also supports other  charities in  the fields of medicine research and education.

  • Malcolm Crawford (Working Group Member)

    Malcolm Crawford (Working Group Member)

    Malcolm Crawford is a Chemistry graduate of Bristol University and has an MSc in e-Business from Staffordshire University. He is an accountant and  member of the Chartered Institute is Public Finance and Accountancy,  spending most of his career in Public Finance. This culminated in about 10 years as District Council Treasurer.


    He spent a year as a volunteer working as Finance Director at Mvumi Hospital where he also assisted Mvumi Secondary School. Since then he spent 3 years as a volunteer Finance Manager at various organisations in Uganda.


    He is trustee for a number of other charities, has a wife, 4 children and 9 grand-children

  • Will Griffith

    Will Griffith

    Will Griffith is a school master at Eton College in the Department of Divinity.

  • Roger Firman

    Roger Firman

    Roger Firman was invited to become a Trustee of Mvumi School Trust in December 2016. He runs his own business, Golden Chord, transcribing mainly music and music-related materials into braille.

    Because of his own experiences as a blind person, he wishes to assist, in particular, the Visual Impairment Unit at the school in any practical way he can.