Save the World fund USA

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1001 Cooper Point RD SW Suite 140-194
Olympia
WA
98502
United States

About Us

Save The World Fund USA(SWFUSA provides a corporate framework for leadership and management of programs targeted on sustainable development and rural rehabilitation in remote areas of Tanzania. SWFUSA's focus is on the poorest and most disadvantaged people: refugees, farming communities despoiled by transient refugee populations, the widows and orphans of AIDS, people without access to medicines and elementary health care, the malnourished due to drought and war, communities that are trying to increase productivity by modern means but that lack the capital and education to start the process of modernization. Since its inception about ten years ago, SWF has been operating food relief, health care improvement programs, and village development projects in rural Tanzania. In the early 1990s it had a grant from UNHCR for a pre-school education and health program in Kagera Region (north-west Tanzania) for children who were refugees of the civil war in Rwanda. Although UNHCR funding ended in 1996 with the repatriation of many Rwandan refugees, SWF continues to run health care facilities in a large number of villages in the Great Lakes area of Tanzania, where many refugees still remain.

Now SWF personnel (including many volunteers) are working in these remote areas, assisting with projects on the ground: educating for health and nutrition, installing water facilities, building latrines, organizing youth activities, creating economic opportunity through low-interest loans to farmers and to women opening small businesses, fighting erosion and planting trees, promoting the empowerment of women and girls through education, raising awareness of new technologies such as solar power and wireless communications. SWF tries to provide a creative and enabling environment for participatory development, encouraging self-organizing networks to emerge through the vision of indigenous leadership.

In support of these activities, SWF imports duty-free food and other relief and development consignments, transports these goods in its truck and stores them in five warehouses that it owns in different regions. SWF also sponsors a network of primary and secondary schools in the major cities of mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar, providing rare educational opportunities for orphans of AIDS and other disasters. Construction of a girls' boarding school dedicated to educating orphans of AIDS (probably the first of its kind in Africa) is a SWF-sponsored initiative now starting just north of Dar es Salaam. SWF plans a "Holiday Village" for youth, to be located in the Kilimanjaro area.

Projects

Community Tele-centers/ Tele-villages

We hope to Start Five Community Tele-centers/ Tele-villages. Project Locations in Tanzania The pilot start-up will be in 1) Kagera located at Lake Victoria, 2) Dodoma Central-Tanzania and at 3)Dar es Salaam on the cost regional. 4.Shinyanga and 5. Mutwara (Center services—office services, telephone/fax, video conferencing, and computer training)

Development Impact — Information management, even using existing technology, can help transform the provision of basic services and dramatically improve the socio-economic conditions under which rural populations live. In rural areas surrounding the Project Tele-Centers, there will be a number of multi-purpose service centers (Tele-villages) that will provide interactive information services in support of: education; health care; integrated rural development and agricultural extension; business training and job creation; local government; disaster management and humanitarian needs; and protection of cultural identities.

Selected Tele-Villages will feature a rural distance education center to make available relevant training 8courses using Computer Centers via Internet, regular Mail, Radio and other media.

Community Tele-Centers will focus on both the lower- and middle-income urban groups as well as rural populations. The Project’s specific objective is to:

Transform communication and information exchange attitudes and practices in the whole of Tanzania through better use of existing infrastructure and use of appropriate new information and communication technologies (ICTs) particularly in remote urban centers and in rural areas.


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