Tanga is located in east Africa. Like Toledo, Tanga is a seaport, and the population of the two cities is also about the same. In 1996, a group of citizens interested in promoting and cultivating international relations with a city in Africa met under the leadership of Virgina Haywood-Smith. From this interest, the African Sister Cities Committee of Toledo Sister Cities International was formed. In 1999, after researching and exploring a number of possible sister cities, the committee decided to pursue a sister cities relationship with Tanga, Tanzania.



In 2001 the sister cities agreement was signed by Tanga Mayor Salim Kassim Kisauji and Toledo Mayor Carleton Finkeiner. While touring the Toledo Fire Department garage, Mr. Kisauji voiced a need for a fire truck. Toledo’s current Mayor Michael Bell (who was Fire Chief at the time) arranged for the donation of a used fire truck, and the Toledo-Tanga committee raised funds for shipping it to Tanga.



Ditanance from Toledo: 8,108 miles

Population: 187,455

Currency: Tanzanian Shilling

Benefit:  Scholarship from The University of Toledo


The committee has also sent medical supplies to a health clinic in Tanga and donated funds to an AIDS orphanage. A pen pal relationship has been established between the Toledo Early College High School and the Toledo Secondary School in Tanga, and the Toledo-Tanga Committee has paid the tuition for four students enrolled there. The committee has also supported the Toledo International Youth Orchestra’s project for building a classroom at the school and providing school supplies and physical education equipment. The next project will be shipping donated books and other donated supplies and equipment to Tanga.