About 400 children living in vulnerable conditions will benefit from an initiative introduced by a no-profit organisation, SOS Children’s Villages Tanzania, and Montage Limited geared to support their wellbeing.

SOS National Director Mr Anatoli Rugaimukamu said in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday that the two organisations were aiming to raise 1.2bn/- through the initiative to support the children without parental care and those at risk of losing parental care.

“To fulfill mission and provide services to the children in need, we rely on generosity of individuals and businesses for support,” said the national director at a ceremony to launch the joint fund-raising campaign.

The countrywide campaign, under the theme “Care for me! Your Contribution can achieve a Solution”, is aimed at reaching as many children as possible who are in need of shelter, health and educational needs.

Mr Rugaimukamu said even though SOS Children’s Villages had been dependent on sponsors from abroad, the organisation believes that there was a dire need to start building this culture among Tanzanians.

Currently, the organisation is caring for over 500 children in its three villages in Arusha, Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam and over 3000 children in the same regions through its family strengthening programme.

Over 50 youth under the care of the youth programme at the SOS children’s villages are undertaking studies abroad and in the country while others are doing various courses in local colleges.

Montage Managing Director Ms Teddy Mapunda said her organisation was privileged to partner with SOS Children’s Villages this year, adding that they were looking forward to acquire support from all members of the public.

“We are looking forward to get support from all the community around us, individual, corporate world, government institutions, private institutions and donors,” she said.

Ms Mapunda pointed out that in October, the two organisations would conduct two fund-raising events, one in Zanzibar and the other in Arusha Region. “We call upon your generous support to raise 1.2bn/- to enable us extend our interventions to reach more children in need,” she said.

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