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Project information

SWTz Bringing hope to a new generation in Tanzania

SWTz is based near Arusha in northern Tanzania.

We have:
1. A residential centre for orphans and vulnerable children.
2. A nursery school providing education to our local community.
3. A home-support programme enabling children in situations of poverty to stay with extended family.

Our project started in 2005 and is on-going.

Charity information: Seeway Trust

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  • Need


    Poverty, orphans due to AIDS, vulnerability, lack of education.


    By providing orphans and vulnerable children with food, a home as part of a caring family, a good education and a future.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide a home for children who have no alternative accommodation or family to live with.


    » We have a beautiful family-style residential home, with 24 places for children, where those needing help can stay temporarily or long term.
    » We repatriate children as soon as circumstance in their family allows, or by seeking foster care. We believe being in a family environment is best.
    » If a child has family, but they are living in poverty, we enrol them into our home-support programme - monthly food parcels; help with school fees.

    What success will look like

    Our residential children are happy, healthy, doing well at school. They feel part of the SWTz family. Success is also finding a family for a child so they can be repatriated.

    Aim 2

    Provide education to give children a solid foundation for their future.


    » Children in our residential care are assessed and if academically able, we find sponsorship so they can attend private school.
    » We have our own nursery school with trained Tanzanian teachers, providing a good base before children move on to primary school.

    What success will look like

    Success means we have assisted a child to go as far as they can in the education system, and they will be able to find employment as a result.

    Aim 3

    We assist those in need in our community.


    » Our SWTz nursery school, with trained Tanzanian teachers, provides a service, aimed at those children who would otherwise not attend nursery school.
    » Through our nursery school we identify families needing help. We assist with food outreaches; distribute solar lights; provide clothing.

    What success will look like

    Our community embrace us, are willing to work together with us, and we see poverty reduced in our community.

  • Impact


    If we could see a reduction in the children needing to be in residential centres like ours that would make us happy. If, through all our programmes, we can contribute to changing the thinking of the next generation of leaders in Tanzania, through education and life-skills training, that would be a huge success. For Tanzania to succeed in the future we see the need for quality education and a determination to change and embrace a corruption-free future.


    There is a risk that policy changes in Tanzania could hamper our progress.

    We have reduced the risk by having all Tanzanian staff, trained, and able to cope with all aspects of running SWTz to keep the good work going well into the future. We make sure we follow all government guidelines concerning childcare, staff management, financial procedures, so we can never be accused of doing wrong. We have ensured we have a reputation of being a model centre, one of the best in the region.


    We write bi-monthly newsletters sent out via email. We have a website www.swtz.org and a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SWTzkids where we post news regularly.

    We communicate personally with all donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £63,885

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      Amount Heading Description
      £42,000 Annual Fund Aug '14-July '15 Annual costs, incl. food, education, medical, clothing, staffing
      £3,260 Internet System Install internet system, for administration and educational study (incl. 5 years subscription)
      £4,375 Volunteer Housing Conversion of chicken sheds to volunteer housing to increase our income from sustainability projects
      £6,250 Solar/Mains Electricity To increase our electricity supply from the small solar system we use now
      £8,000 Vehicle Retire and replace our very aged overworked Toyota Hilux truck

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Child Sponsorship for Annual Fund £17,016 Guaranteed
    Education Sponsorship for Annual Fund £3,500 Guaranteed
    Sustainability project for Annual Fund £2,400 Conditional
    Already donated towards the solar system £1,250 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Imbaseni Village, Maji ya Chai, near Arusha in northern Tanzania, East Africa. A rural area in general with many people living in poverty. In contrast, Arusha is one of the fastest growing cities in Tanzania due to tourism (parks like Serengeti; Mt. Kilimanjaro), and the Tanzanite mining trade. However this has led to huge influxes of people looking for work, problems such as children living on the street, corruption, prostitution, drugs, alcoholism, and thieving.


    The area we work in is rural, subsistence farming. AIDS has wiped out the middle generation, so many children are living with aged grandparents who are having to continue working in their fields to try and make a living for themselves and their grandchildren, when they are not physically able.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have 10 years of experience in providing quality childcare in Tanzania. We have a reputation as a model children's centre, and one that the Tanzania Social Welfare Department sends leaders of other centres to, to learn from us. We have 10 years of experience at working in a developing country and overcoming the many obstacles and frustrations involved in that. We have integrity, accountability. Finally, our children are leaving our care equipped holistically for a successful future.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rebecca Jackson

    Co-Founder/Administrator/Fundraiser. Rebecca co-founded SWTz, knows many of the donors personally, and understands SWTz intimately.

    Wendy Kelley

    Co-Founder/Facilities Manager/Fundraiser. Wendy co-founded SWTz, manages all the facilities, and oversees the sustainability projects.

Our happy residential children!

Our happy residential children!


A child's food, clothing, basic care for 1 yr