Sparrow’s Nest, Tanzania
Sparrow’s Nest Foundation is situated in the remote rural community of Masasi, Tanzania. It is a small organisation with a big vision to find sustainable ways for the community to solve the issues orphans experience, such as grief, absence of home support, dropping out of school, and lack of training or employment opportunities.
Working together we have enabled many more children to receive the support they need, to have an education and a chance to create a brighter future.
How we make a difference:
- We work closely with Sparrow’s Nest to understand the local context, to develop community-owned responses, and to share knowledge and solutions form other places where we operate.
- Together, we provide emotional and social support to hundreds of orphans and vulnerable children through inviting them to attend Kids’ Clubs and providing school materials.
- We increase community awareness of the issues affecting orphans and vulnerable children, and the support they need, and we train Kids’ Club facilitators and community volunteers to nurture, care and educate them.
- We improve the economic status of orphans and vulnerable children and their supporting households so they have increased opportunities.
- We provide the most vulnerable orphans and children with female goats as part of our ‘goat pass on’ scheme, which gives them an asset of their own to be responsible for, plus milk and kids to generate their own income.
- We offer entrepreneurship training workshops for vulnerable young people, to equip them with business start-up and management skills including finances, savings and marketing techniques.
- We establish village savings and loans associations as part of our Village Investment Programme (VIP), which enables those looking after vulnerable children to pool their small resources and make business loans to each other, in order to earn a sustainable living and support the children in their care better, and for longer.
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