Foundation HELP is a non-profit, non-governmental,
development organization based in Musoma, Tanzania and is committed
to helping impoverished communities discover and share resources
that transform lives. We pursue this commitment through integrated,
holistic, transformational development that is community based and
sustainable. The organization was founded in 1998 and it is registered
with the Ministry of Home Affairs vide registration number 9748.
PURPOSE AND ACTIVITIES
Foundation HELP recognises women and children
as the most vulnerable victims of conflict, disaster and underdevelopment.
Essentially we take a developmental approach to work among women,
children and their families. We place emphasis on projects that
are designed with community involvement and that are owned/managed
by the community. These projects also include specific developmental
goals that will benefit all the people in the community. This approach
addresses the conditions that cause women and children to suffer
and helps create an environment that promises a better future.
All our work is designed to bring hope and a better future to the
women and children of Tanzania. Through an integrated, community-based
development approach, we build community capacity to meet the needs
of women and children in the areas of primary health, education,
food security, water resources development, environmental protection,
advocacy and income generation. Our overall goal is to facilitate
and empower communities to transform the lives of their members
within a sustainable environment.
Foundation HELP headquarters are located in Musoma, Tanzania, but
in keeping with the policy of decentralisation, we have member groups
in five districts in Mara region and a supporting office in Mwanza
Foundation HELP is concerned with human development, which we see
as a process of individual and social transformation. This process
starts where people are, with their own unique reality. It is a
process of enabling that helps people recognise the resources within
them and around them, which make change possible. It is not something
done for them by others. Projects carried out in the community belong
to the community; and thus, primary accountability for the conduct
of projects is to the people of the community rather than to Foundation
We believe that building local capacity for social and economic
development, rather than merely transferring resources, is the key
to transformational development that is community based and sustainable.
Foundation HELP director, Chacha Wambura
Foundation HELP social worker, Christopher Gamba
Foundation HELP office manager, Tina.
Jackson Ngaraga, organic agriculture specialist.