the swiwsco story
A number of these women had HIV/AIDS and experienced social isolation within their communities as a result. SWIWSCO board members provided regular social support. As the number of children increased however, the amount of resources for adults diminished. While the women still receive support, they currently receive no financial assistance.
SWIWSCO began in 2006 when Tamimu C. Mayyutta (Collins) and his wife Pamela took two 3-year old boys found wandering alone on the streets of Moshi into their home. After finding several more children in desperate need of food and shelter, they rented a 3-bedroom home to accommodate them.
Later that year, the Tanzanian Government granted SWIWSCO a license to operate as a non-government organisation (NGO). While this provides SWIWSCO with a charitable status, the organisation receives nil government funding.
By mid-2009, Pam and Collins cared for, and accommodated 18 children in their home, with each child enrolled in public school. SWIWSCO also assisted 12 women living in extreme poverty with food and medicine. Those women whose children still lived with them also received financial support for their children’s education.
In November 2009, SWIWSCO moved to a much larger house on the outskirts of Moshi. This was considered the beginning of the "Children's Village" concept. With the increased space came other children, enlarging the family to 29. This property is the current accommodation for international SWIWSCO volunteers and employs a hostess/cook.
SWIWSCO Children’s Village is now located in the semi-rural community of Shiramatunda. Mt Kilimanjaro appears through the clouds almost as if it’s at the end of the driveway. The land and the purpose-built, multi-bedroom home was purchased through donations from supporters and volunteers, fund-raising by the Board of Management as well as Pam and Collins personal resources. To date, Pam and Collins have cared for and accommodated 56 children and young people from across multiple tribes and religions. The Children's Village operates on a 'Family' service model, where the children and young people are cared for by consistent carers, enabling long-term bonds to be formed, in a family-like environment.
SWIWSCO was founded in response to a decrease in the standard of living, health care, and education in Tanzania. The SWIWSCO founders realised that the many Tanzanian people were suffering from a lack of education and community initiative. SWIWSCO quickly became a grassroots organisation, which aims to work with the community to empower them to find solutions and work towards alleviating the problems they face. We provide the community with the tools, knowledge, funding, and support - to address these problems with the aid of volunteers and interns from abroad.
To promote the development of the most vulnerable communities in Tanzania through education, arts, health and environmental conservation programs, developing partnerships with local Projects/NGOs, with the support of international volunteers who help fund our programs, while having the meaningful experience of safari, climbing and volunteering We are determined to foster sustainable opportunities for development by working with the local community.
To develop a responsible community that works together to address issues affecting human rights, through voluntary work, Student exchange, internship and occasion Tanzania.
OUR LEADERSHIP - THE SWIWSCO BOARD
Collins .T. Mayyutta, Chairman
Pamela Kimario, Treasurer
Meristella Antipas Kayanda, Secretary
Thabiti Abdallah, Vice Chairman
Mehboob M. Sadiq, Member