Community Outreach and Development Services (CORDS) is a Maasai-led NGO in Tanzania that promotes holistic development and fights injustice, improving the quality of life for Maasai people.

CORDS empowers communities to meet their own development aspirations and effectively self-govern, self-determine, self-represent, and self-develop. Its projects include:

  • helping communities gain legal ownership of their natural resources

  • promoting sustainable livelihoods

  • climate change adaptation

  • promoting food and water security

  • increasing access to education

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Partnership with Action on Poverty

CORDS is an official Action on Poverty (AOP) partner and as CORDS does not have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status in its own right, relies on AOP’s DGR endorsed status by the ATO, therefore any donations to support the activities of CORDS must be made through AOP in order to be tax deductible. While AOP will endeavour to comply with the wishes of the donor, AOP retains discretion at all times whether or not to distribute donated property in accordance with the preference expressed by the donor. AOP allows donations to be used only for benevolent activities.

Read more about our partnership program