Malezi AIDS Care Awareness Organization (MACAO)

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About Us

MACAO NGOs was formed in September 2003 in Arusha Region. This was as a positive response to the community here in Arusha. This organization was registered to the Government of Tanzania on September 2006. Our registration number is 01NGO/ a non-profit sharing, non-government organization, non-sectional and interdenominational organization. Macao is a mission which God placed to the heart of Mr and Mrs Baraka Kilinga to reach the Unreached people groups and rejected groups of Orphans and other vulnerable children from the Maasai communities, local villages and other ethnic tribes living in the barren areas of Arusha Tanzania mainland. Our aim is to continue to establish an effective and sustainable sponsorship program so that we are involved in meeting the diverse needs in the villages and surrounding communities. The purpose of our project is bringing relief to the people by fighting against Ignorance, Poverty and Disease - the biggest enemies in Tanzania. Furthermore we provide basic knowledge and understanding to educate those vulnerable children to know their rights - since Maasai children culturally believe they have no right to be educated, right to health or the right to eat. This is due to most Maasai families living from day to day for their survival, providing food when it is available. We are encouraging and educating these local communities to further explore opportunities to develop self-sustaining ways of living. For example we have plans to use land to grow vegetables and crops,garden, orchard, cattle which will serve our orphanage and school. We come forth to eradicate these problems through different levels of education, guidance and counselling to prepare our children as tomorrow youth leaders.

Currently Macao is based in Ngorongoro Arusha Tanzania,in a small village near Loliondo. It meets the diverse needs of orphans and the Maasai’s most vulnerable children. We operate an orphanage for 26 children and a school at which currently 85 children from the surrounding areas attend. Volunteers are very welcome and we fully embrace the experiences and skills they contribute to our project, especially within the school and orphanage. During their stay volunteers have the opportunity to partake in all areas of village life including visiting Maasai villages and the National Safari Parks. Macao asks volunteers to cover the costs of their stay in our Orphanage and School. Also volunteers will be visiting to the Maasai villages we work for the AIDS outreach and education program for the pastoral Maasai communities in the Ngorongoro District

Macao has a wide range of volunteering opportunities available in Arusha Region, Volunteer both undergraduate and graduate, from all disciplines are welcome to join any of the programs that MACAO offers in Arusha Tanzania. Programs can range from two weeks to six months or longer and can be combined for those interested in participating in more than one project. Volunteers begin on the 1st and 15th of each month. Volunteers are welcome to assist with training and offer any useful skills.

The Program Duration & Start Dates: Programs require at least a two week commitment with a 6 month maximum. The programs have flexible start dates.

Program Costs: Fees vary depending on program duration. Please inquire for details.

Program Includes:

  • Airport Pickup
  • Accommodation
  • Orientation upon Arrival
  • Volunteer Work Placement
  • In-country coordinator available 24/7

Does Not Include:

  • Round-trip Airfare
  • Return Trip to Airport
  • Required Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Visa Fees

Participants must be at least 18 years old or older at the time of their program.

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