People’s Participation in Education (WATU), is a small NGO registered in Tanzania working in the Moshi area of Kilimanjaro Region. The name WATU (the Swahili word for “people”) represents the Tanzanians who are at the heart of this organization. 
The NGO was founded in 2006 by Josiah Mchome, a teacher and educational administrator in Moshi, and Richard and Katherine Heery, teachers in Geneva Switzerland.

Dive into a typical day at WATU secondary school.


For nearly a decade, WATU has grown and demonstrated success in delivering quality education to able but financially disadvantaged students from many regions of Tanzania.

To this day, WATU has:

  • Ensured the continuous and consistent education of hundreds of secondary school students.
  • Constructed a secondary school with boarding accommodation.
  • Created a highly stimulating learning environment which has led to remarkable success in public examinations at all secondary levels.
  • Distributed textbooks and other quality learning materials to local schools in the Kilimanjaro Region.
  • Provided Montessori kindergarten education to the children of the surrounding villages.



All photography provided by Pontus Wallsten.