SWIWSCO stands for, Small World Initiative for Women’s Security and Children's Orphanage(SWIWSCO). SWIWSCO is a Tanzanian licensed National Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) . We are dedicated to improving the lives of orphans and vulnerable children by providing them with shelter,education, accommodation, three meals a day, healthcare, financial support, transportation, clothes and legal assistance. SWIWSCO is located in Moshi, Kilimanjaro Tanzania, at the base of spectacular Mt. Kilimanjaro.
One half of Tanzania’s population is below the age of 18 and up to 60% of the children live in desperately poor conditions with little or no access to education, healthcare, food, shelter or legal assistance. While many of the children are orphaned due to loss of both parents, a significant number are categorized as orphans due to the death or abandonment of one parent. The remaining parent or other caregiver, most often a woman, struggles to support the family on less than $1.00 a day.
Children’s vulnerability to poverty, adversity and HIV/AIDS is largely contextual but also indicative of the widespread need to protect them. Currently there are over 2.5 million orphans in Tanzania, over the next decade this number is expected to rise and this will increase the number of children living in poverty, alone on the streets with no support, no education or food and at higher risk of becoming involved in drugs and other illegal activities.
The rise in the proportion of orphans and vulnerable children means a rise in percentages of the illiterate, early pregnancies, and related consequences such as increased infant and maternal mortality rates, increased incidence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV/AIDS, and drug abuse. The cycle of child poverty will thus be passed on to next generation and become chronic
SWIWSCO aims to improve the lives of all vulnerable children. We believe that all children deserve the right to live and grow in a safe and secure environment. The focus in 2012-2015 is to stabilize the funding stream in support of the children's project. Through fundraising, small projects, donations and global support we believe this is possible.