Tererai Trent International is the fulfillment of a young woman’s dream

Tererai dreamed of an education, for herself
and the people in her village

With steadfast determination and a great unexpected gift...

Her dream of providing quality education has become a reality.

Today, Tererai is one of the most internationally recognized voices for quality education and women’s empowerment.

Let us tell you the story of how a dream can come true...

When universal access to education is a global priority, anything is achievable.

VISION

Tererai Trent International Foundation envisions empowered rural communities where all children have universal access to quality education, regardless of their gender or socio-economic backgrounds.

Will you join us on this journey
and dream with us?

TTI FOUNDATION

The Tererai Trent International Foundation is the heart of the organization. Our plan is to lead the development and growth of an improved education system supported by socially engaged business models that boost local economies while improving community livelihoods.

 

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TTI BUSINESS ACTIVITIES

TTI businesses strive for long-term positive social and economic impact, while ensuring sustainable revenues for an education system that does not rely solely on external funding. 

Current business sectors are: Matau Trade Center, Capital/Microfinance, Agriculture, Artisan Crafts, Eco Lodges, & Children’s Books.

What's happening now... news from Tererai Trent International Foundation

Interview: Educator Who Inspires Oprah

The following interview was reported on June 27th, 2014 by Neelam Chowdhary at AsiaSociety.org. Asia Society was excited to welcome Dr. Tererai Trent as a keynote speaker at the seventh annual Partnership for Global Learning Conference, running this year on June...

Making Oprah’s Gifts Count

I’ll never forget when Oprah Winfrey turned to me and said, “We are going to build a school!”  This was my second time on her show, and Oprah had just named me her “all-time favorite guest” in 25 years of the show.  As if that wasn’t enough, she had just informed me...

The Garden of My Heart

Summer is here, and I keep thinking about Matau in Zimbabwe, where my roots are firmly grounded. Nearly two years ago, Oprah gave me an incredible gift to help the children in my home village blossom into educated and inspirational adults. Today, we are nearing a...

The establishment of a business model will ensure long-term sustainability of TTI Foundation work, while reducing reliance on external aid.

In the Press


Dr. Trent’s passion and optimism has caught national attention. Tererai Trent was a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show and later revealed as Oprah’s “All-Time Favorite Guest” during a May 2011 episode. Oprah’s generous donation, along with support from many others, made the dream of rebuilding the Matau Primary School in Zimbabwe a reality.

Partnerships with organizations like “Save the Children“, Zimbabwe Ministry of Education, Rural District Councils and many more, have enabled us to make strides toward our goal to provide universal access to quality education, and improve the livelihoods of the communities we serve.