Our children live as part of the local community rather than being separated and institutionalised. Our residential homes is safe, and comfortably furnished, providing an environment of peace where hurts can be healed, and hope for a future can be nurtured. Our children arrive emotionally, spiritually, and sometime physically, bruised. But with love we see changes quickly.
We ensure every child within our care has access to education and health care. To supplement their education, and to provide a creative outlet, we have musical instruments in the houses (keyboard, guitar, drums…) and lots of arts and crafts opportunities!
We also have several children who we sponsor to live with extended family in their local community.
To fulfil another big need here we also run a small but growing nursery school for our own young children and impoverished children in our local community.
Finally, we have a chicken project for our own sustainability, and we have a small microfinance programme for single mothers.
SWTz was founded by Rebecca Jackson and Wendy Kelley who have been living and working in Tanzania since February 2004. In 2005 they opened the first SWTz house, together with Faith Edward and Frida Eberts – two Tanzanians dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable children. We have been registered with the Government of Tanzania since August 2006.
We are committed Christians who believe, and do, what it says in James 1:27 “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
Tanzania, one of the poorest countries in the world, has a predominantly young population with an estimated 45% of the population under 15 years of age. Due to factors including AIDS, it is estimated there are over one million orphans, and this figure rises daily. This is why SWTz exists.