Ace Africa - Tanzania
Based in Arusha, near Kilimanjaro, Ace Tanzania works in some of the most impoverished communities in the country. Over 70% of people live on less than £1.25 a day and 99% do not have access to adequate nutritious food.
Ace works to improve the lives of people living in rural Tanzania – by providing seeds and training to vulnerable families and children to support the growth of diverse and nutritious crops; by helping communities become self-sufficient through supporting income generating activities; and by helping families access credit from micro-finance initiatives. Ace also supply uniforms, school fees and other school essentials to AIDS affected children who would otherwise be unable to attend classes. Their programmes address the long-term development issues that have allowed HIV & AIDs to spread so widely and deeply across sub-Saharan Africa.
The Forever Angels (FA) orphanage supports new-born infants whose mothers have died in childbirth or succumbed to AIDS complications. Some babies, whose mothers are in such an advanced state of HIV that they are unable to lactate, are given life-saving milk formula by the orphanage. This is essential work in Tanzania where one in five children die before reaching their first birthday.
Forever Angels does not operate as a traditional orphanage but prefers to support infants within their own family networks where possible or reintegrate severely malnourished infants once they have been brought up to a healthy weight. Forever Angels then assists individual families to establish sustainable income streams to feed their children and fund basic household costs.
Of the 281 children supported by Forever Angels since its inception in 2006, 79% have been adopted or reintegrated into their family networks.
Envirocare's mission is to address the barriers to education that many of the AIDS-affected children of Siha District, northern Tanzania, face. With over 65% of the population living below the poverty line and more than 60,000 people infected with HIV, there are many challenges facing the region's children.
Vulnerable children are supplied with school uniforms, pencils and books to ensure that they have the equipment they need to attend school, and are not stigmatised as a result of their poverty. Envirocare also increases food supply by establishing school vegetable plots and training teachers and children how to grow nutritious vegetables such as cabbages, amaranth and rosella. Schools are also supplied with irrigation equipment and storage facilities for maize, beans and wheat. Households with HIV & AIDS vulnerable children are regularly supplied with nutritious flour. Targeted families also receive a stingless beehive, poultry and seeds, and training to increase their long-term food security. By increasing access to education, empowering young people and reducing the incidence of child abuse, Envirocare hopes to enable the next generation of Tanzanians to bring positive change to the country.
While Tanzania has been less affected by HIV & AIDS than its sub-Saharan neighbours, the capital - Dar es Salaam - is one of the country's worst affected areas, with over 300,000 people infected with HIV. Set up in 1992 by a small group of men and women affected by HIV & AIDS, Kimara Peers is based in the city’s suburbs where prevalence is twice the national average.
Kimara Peers provides testing, counselling and support systems for people living with or affected by HIV & AIDS. In particular the organisation focuses on offering home-based care for people who are severely ill; giving nutritional support to AIDS-affected families; and championing savings and credit schemes for people struggling to cope with the impact of HIV & AIDS on their lives. They also support vulnerable children's access to education by providing help with school fees and materials such as school bags and books. Kimara Peers’ strong network of emotional and financial aid ensures that individuals need not face their troubles alone.