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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.


We envision 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 is the heart of the organization. Over 5000 students now have improved learning due to our actions on the ground in Zimbabwe. The plan is to continue the development growth of our education system with the support of  socially engaged TTI businesses.


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 TTI Foundation

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...

Education and the Road to Change in Africa

by Tererai Trent,  a blog produced for CCN-Africa voices Eight-year-old Tineyi takes my hand and leads me into her mud-thatched hut in my home village of Matau in rural Zimbabwe. There, in a dark corner of the room, is a wooden bookshelf. Carefully crafted by her...

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.