Project Goal & Objectives
Main objective. Improve the quality of life for vulnerable collectives, women and children, in Tanzania Mainland.
1. Reduce the number of street kids in Tanzania mainland by providing secure shelter.
2. Providing community level support for OVC to ensure protection and well being in the home 3. Assist women and children achieve a better future with educational, Microfinance and vocational support.
4. Create a farming system which will help supply nutritional resources for the orphanage in order to increase the self sustainability of the project itself.
5. Implement an internal organizational system which will start new relationships with the professional Moshi community in order to reduce the local unemployment. Improving health care and the existing self sufficient nutritional program.
SWIWSCO provides three meals each day for the children living at the home as well as staff. SWIWSCO is dedicated to providing nourishing meals to help the children be active and grow into healthy young adults. SWIWSCO is working hard for a sustainable future through different projects such as a vegetable garden and farming goats, pigs and chickens. SWIWSCO staff provides full-time care for 29 orphans who reside at our residential home, amongst our children health and medical issues often arise.
SWIWSCO ensure all children have access to health care and medical assistance when required. Weekly food costs and living expenses such as food, health care, water and electricity are significantly increasing. We are seeking to partner with local businesses that are able to provide stable financial support for our children. Building new relationships between SWIWSCO and the surrounding community.
Over the past 5 years SWIWSCO has developed great friendships with many international volunteers. Some volunteers have returned and many continue to stay involved, all have expressed great appreciation in being able to see the children grow healthy and doing well. SWIWSCO continue to maintain strong relationships with our volunteers and seek to welcome new skilled volunteers to contribute to our goals.
SWIWSCO has been working the last years with Art in Tanzania an international NGO based in Tanzania based on educational and cultural development, which provide us with human and economical resources. SWIWSCO is dedicated to developing stronger relationships within the local community and obtaining ongoing support from local businesses.
The organization is currently seeking an additional Mama caregiver to help provide care, cooking and washing for the orphans who live at SWIWSCO. With additional resources SWIWSCO is hoping to provide more holistic services. Over the coming years SWIWSCO and volunteers hope to provide more employment and training opportunities for local people, further contributing to the local economy. Supporting local women and children through education and vocational training. Currently 5 out of 54 children supported through SWIWSCO receive sponsorship covering cost of education. Volunteers recently provided valuable time and financial support to modify SWIWSCO´s website. This has enabled greater opportunity for the global community to provide sponsorship for children.
In 2012-2015 SWIWSCO aims to have sponsorship covering costs of education and/ or clothing and food for all children and youth who access SWIWSCO services. SWIWSCO is seeking donors support permitting SWIWSCO to further develop of our women’s program. Our aim is to attract skilled volunteers who will assist us develop programs and provide training for local staff to deliver family life skills training, health and wellbeing information and vocational training for disadvantaged mothers and young women. SWIWSCO believe providing awareness and support for women will assist women secure their livelihood and is a vital in reducing the number of orphans and vulnerable children living on the streets or in extreme poverty. Providing safe secure accommodation.
SWIWSCO provides a safe secure home for orphans and vulnerable children. At present SWIWSCO rents a 3 bedroom house which houses 29 children and 2 mamas and is guarded by security at night. The complex includes a small shed in the backyard where children receive afternoon English lessons from English speaking volunteers. By 2015 SWIWSCO aim to be able to purchase property within Moshi which will allow SWIWSCO to provide permanent accommodation and services. This will ensure a secure home and allow SWISWSCO to expand and adapt the environment to suit the changing needs of those we serve. Outputs Developed the SWIWSCO website and continued to update the public information and database of the organization. Improved safe secure accommodation to the orphan and vulnerable children currently from Moshi, Manyara and Arusha Outcomes Provided education and vocational training opportunities to disadvantage women and children Enhanced the nutritional and health conditions of those living the orphanage. Started a relation between the professional community of Moshi and SWIWSCO.
Impact Increased the quality of life of the vulnerable children and women in Moshi.
Children’s safety is a main priority for SWIWSCO, all potential employees are required to complete a criminal record check and have valid references. Volunteers are also required to present a criminal record check from their country of origin as well as background information and references. SWIWSCO aim to ensure all staff and volunteers are professional caring people who are able to provide quality support and assistance for women and children who access SWIWSCO. SWIWSCO provide outreach support and cover educational expenses for 25 children through our at home project. SWIWSCO provide monthly visits to each child and their guardian/s. By 2012 SWIWSCO aim to secure funding which will support the employment of a social support worker. This will provide much needed professional support for the children living at SWIWSCO. In addition this will also provide SWIWSCO with the capacity to provide consistent outreach services for families who access SWIWSCO’s home program and to adolescents who leave SWIWSCO residential home. Outreach support services are able to assist adolescents´ through their transition to independent living and pursuit of vocational goals such as employment and / or further education
ACTIVITIES FOR VOLUNTEERS AT SWIWSCO:
A) Orphanage project, at the orphanage you have plenty of time to learn about the children’s talents and teach them sports, music, arts, science, math, English, geography, civics, physics and biology. B) There are different games at (SWIWSCO) that volunteers can teach and play with the kids. Volunteers can work inside and outside of the orphanage every day. C) Volunteers can cook, wash, feed the chicken’s and do any assistant/activities at the orphanage as they wish.
2. Nursery Schools:
Volunteers can work in Nursery school and teach the kids of under age, English speaking and writing, children’s songs, sports, drawing and many other activities, in working days; Monday to Friday,
3. Primary School:
Volunteers can work in private and government primary schools, where you can teach different subjects to the children’s age of 6-14 years old such as, English, math, science, geography and sports, different language are applicable such as French, German, English and Spanish language in working days; Monday to Friday,
4. Secondary schools:
a) Volunteers can work in private and government secondary school teaching children’s age of 13-20 years old different subjects such as sports, music, arts, science, geography, civics, math, physics, English, French, Germany and history, in working days; Monday to Friday at school Saturday and Sunday at (SWIWSCO);
5. Women Projects:
a) We have several women project we are working with such as, women sewing projects, local women business projects, and we are looking for a sponsorship so that we can start women cooperatives projects,
b) Volunteers can support a women projects in daily activities in selling, production and marketing,
6. Adult Education:
a) Volunteers can have an afternoon class with adult, teaching them computer and English, 2:00-4:00 pm in working days; Monday to Friday,
7. Science Teacher:
Tanzania is in need of science teachers in thousand of government secondary school, there is shorted of science secondary teachers which make so many children who wish to study science not to because of shorted of science teachers and studying facilities/material, volunteers can help on teaching secondary school kids science in private and public government secondary school this program can be arranged for a long and short term,
8. Why Do We Need Volunteers?
Without you, there would be no (SWIWSCO)!
(SWIWSCO) is not an umbrella organization. We run 100% of our organization by board members and with help and support of volunteers. We work hard to keep cost and fees as low as possible. Volunteers are a critical component to our organization. We need volunteers to teach classes and empower people who are in need in our community. There is nothing worse than a volunteer leaving the project without having another volunteer to continue their work. With a consistent supply of volunteers, we can ensure support for orphans, vulnerable children and women.
Tanzania is located in East Africa and borders Kenya and Uganda to the north, Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west, and Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique to the south. It is the largest country in East Africa (943,000 sq km), comprising both the mainland and the Zanzibar Archipelago. A large central plateau makes up most of the mainland (at between 900m and 1800m) and the mountain ranges of the Eastern Arc and the Southern and Northern Highlands cut across the country to form part of the Great Rift Valley. A land of geographical extremes, Tanzania has the highest peak – Mt. Kilimanjaro, the lowest point – the lake bed of Lake Tanganyika, and the largest lake – Lake Victoria, on the African continent. Tanzania is a young but stable democracy and one of the safest countries in Africa. It was recently named in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Countries for Travel in 2011 based on scores for topicality, excitement, value for money, and “that special X-factor.”
Welcome to Moshi, Tanzania
Moshi town is located at the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest free standing mountain in the world and the highest mountain in Africa. Moshi is home to the Chagga, Pare and Maasai tribes and is comprised of approximately 150,000 people. The nearest airport is Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), about 40 minutes driving away. The nearest large city is Arusha, approximately 1.5 hours by bus. Moshi has a downtown area (about 20 minutes walk from where the volunteers live) with many shops, restaurants, banks, and bars. There are many neighbourhoods in Moshi. The volunteer house, SWIWSCO HQ, and orphanage are at (SOWETO) Moshi town, which is a very safe and beautiful area.
How to get here:
There are several ways that volunteers come to Moshi:
• Kilimanjaro International Airport - Several international airlines fly into the Kilimanjaro airport including Swiss, KLM, and Air France. A member of (SWIWSCO) will meet you at KIA.
• Dar es Salaam – Dar is the capital city of Tanzania and almost every international airline offers flights here. After landing, you arrange to take a local bus to Moshi. There are many bus companies that make the trip and buses leave very frequently from the main bus station Ubungo. The most comfortable tourist buses are Dar Express and Scandinavia Express. A bus ticket is easily purchased on site once you arrive and the trip to Moshi takes approximately 8 hours. When arriving this way, a member of (SWIWSCO) will meet you at the Moshi bus station.
• Nairobi - Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya and almost every international airline offers flights here. After landing, you arrange to take a local bus to Moshi. There are many bus companies that make the trip and buses leave fairly frequently from the main bus station. The most comfortable tourist bus is Scandinavia Express and Impala shuttle bus. A bus ticket is easily purchased on site once you arrive and the trip to Moshi takes approximately 7-8 hours. When arriving this way, a member of (SWIWSCO) will meet you at the Moshi bus station.
Flight prices vary based on airline, destination, and time of year so it is worth doing some research in advance.
Volunteers house there is were you will be accommodate while working at (SWIWSCO) If you will be chosen to be at hostel,
Hosting by local family in Moshi and experience local life and make a friends with local people in Moshi if you wish to learn more about local family and experienced the local life.
Staying at the orphanage and experience noising and funny from silly kids at (SSWIWSCO)
GO ON SAFARIS:
The Serengeti National Park has East Africa’s finest game areas and is one of the world’s best game parks. It is home to approximately 500 bird species and 70 types of mammals, including the “Big Five” – rhinoceros, lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo. This high diversity in terms of species is a function of diverse habitats ranging from riverine forests, swamps, kopjes (rock hills/small Mountains), woodlands, and vast grasslands. The Serengeti hosts the largest mammal migration in the world each October, which is one of the ten natural travel wonders of the world. It is also home to the Maasai tribe.
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater and Olduvai Gorge. It adjoins the Serengeti National Park. The Ngorongoro Crater is a 260 km2 (100 m2) unbroken, unfolded volcanic caldera that acts as “a natural enclosure” for a very wide variety of wildlife. It is home to a population of approximately 25,000 large animals, with reputedly the highest density of mammalian predators in Africa and the densest known population of lions. Here you are likely to see wildebeest, zebra, eland, Grant’s gazelles, Thompson’s gazelles, elephants, buffalo, hyenas, jackals, mountain reedbuck, leopards, and, if you’re lucky, the rare black rhinoceros. The Crater is also home to the “Big Five.” The Olduvai Gorge is considered “the seat of humanity” after the discovery of the earliest known specimens of the human genus. It is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world and research there has been instrumental in furthering understanding of early human evolution. Excavation work in the Gorge was pioneered by Mary and Louis Leakey in the 1950s and is continued today by their family.
Lake Manyara, said by Ernest Hemingway to be the “loveliest [lake] … in Africa,” is also a National Park that is the home of a diverse set of landscapes and wildlife. This park can be visited in half a day and people come to see the lake, baboons, elephants, hippos, impalas, wildebeest, buffalo, warthogs, giraffes, giant fig trees, mahogany, and many types of birds. The Rift Valley Escarpment provides a spectacular backdrop to Lake Manyara.
Many of (SWIWSCO) volunteers do a 2-3 days safari to Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, and Tarangire national park on a weekend, while others do a 5-7 day safari (including the Serengeti) at the beginning or end of their time with the organization. Safaris are easily organized from Moshi.
Zanzibar is a world-famous island located in the Indian Ocean, about 25 miles off the Tanzanian mainland coast, and 6° south of the equator. It has a fascinating history, including at least 50,000 years of human occupation. Zanzibar was settled and used as a strategic trading port by Persian traders. Zanzibar has seen Arab, Portuguese, Omani, and British occupations. Its historic centre, known as Stone Town, is a World Heritage Site.
Go on a Spice Tour, see the rare Red Columbus monkey, wander in the magical labyrinth of Stone Town’s winding streets, watch the sun set into the ocean with a cocktail at Livingstone’s, or relax on one of the beautiful sandy beaches and go snorkeling to the coral reefs. Being near to the equator, the islands are warm all year round. Many of SWIWSCO’s volunteers fly from Kilimanjaro International Airport directly to Zanzibar to enjoy a weekend in a tropical paradise. For volunteers with more time, you can travel to Dar es Salaam and take a boat to the island.
(SWIWSCO) also has a booth at Sauti Za Busara – an African music festival that is held every year in February. This wonderful festival is held within the walls of the Old Fort in Stone Town and features acts from all over the continent. It is a cultural experience you will never forget. If you enjoy African music and your schedule is flexible,
CLIMB MOUNT KILIMANJARO:
Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest freestanding mountain in the world and the highest mountain in Africa. It stands 5,895 meters (19,341 feet) above sea level and is fourth highest of the Seven Summits. Thousands of people climb the mountain each year, though you shouldn’t underestimate its challenges. The altitude, low temperature, and occasional high winds make this a difficult and dangerous trek – not everyone makes it to the Uhuru summit. Volunteers who wish to climb Kilimanjaro are advised to undertake appropriate research and ensure that they are both properly equipped and physically capable to do so.
There are six official climbing routes by which to climb Mt Kilimanjaro: Marangu, Rongai, Lemosho, Shira, Umbwe, and Machame. The routes range from 5 to 10 days of climbing, though a minimum of 6 days is recommended to allow your body to adjust to altitude as you climb. Acclimatisation is essential and most people experience some element(s) of altitude sickness.
Many (SWIWSCO) volunteers have climbed “Kill” and found it to be a rewarding experience. You can arrange a climbing trip at the beginning or end of your time with the organization. Climbs are easily organized from Moshi and there are discounts for using the same company for a Kili climb and a safari. You can bring your own gear from home or rent it from your tour company or the many climbing shops in Moshi.
VISIT THE USAMBARA MOUNTAINS:
The Usambara Mountains are a lovely break from the heat of Moshi. With cooler climates, winding paths, gorgeous vistas, and picturesque villages, they are a wonderful place to spend the weekend. Lushoto, a leafy highland town, is the place to base you to enjoy the local culture and to take hikes into the surrounding hills. The Usambaras are unique within East Africa because they are covered in tropical forest. Hiking is relatively easy but beautiful and the local villages are really interesting. It’s an area that not as many tourists visit. Volunteers at (SWIWSCO) can go easily for a weekend visit as Lushoto is approximately 4 hours from Moshi by bus.
Mount Meru is an active stratovolcano located 70 kilometers (43 mi) west of Mount Kilimanjaro in the nation of Tanzania. At a height of 4,566 meters (14,980 ft), it is visible from Mt Kilimanjaro on a clear day , and is the tenth highest mountain in Africa. Much of its bulk was lost about 8,000 years ago due to an eastward volcanic blast, similar to the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in the U.S. state of Washington. Mount Meru most recently had a minor eruption in 1910. The several small cones and craters seen in the vicinity probably reflect numerous episodes of volcanic activity.Meru is the topographic centerpiece of Arusha National Park. Its fertile slopes rise above the surrounding savanna and support a forest that hosts diverse wildlife, including nearly 400 species of birds, and also monkeys and leopards, most of SWIWSCO’s volunteers do 4 days hiking mount meru up and down, At the summit, one can find a two meters high flag of Tanzania in metal and also a milestone in concrete with "Socialist Peak 4562.13M" written.
ENJOY YOUR STAY IN TANZANIA WITH (SWIWSCO)