ICYE-STEPS / MEHAYO CENTER 2017
Participation : 4 semaines à 16 semaines. Frais supplémentaires : 450 € pour 4 semaines, 75 € pour chaque semaine additionnelle. Le projet est ouvert toute l’année, la date d’arrivée est libre.
- Code : TAN-19/2017
- Dispo : 25M / 25F (Total Part 50)
- Langue du Projet : ENG / ENG
- Age : 18 - 99
MEHAYO is a Tanzanian non-government organisation established with the aim of helping Mentally Handicapped Youth in Morogoro. Its goal is to improve the quality of life for mentally handicapped young people, while at the same time creating better awareness of mental disability among their parents and the local population. The organization has 2 centers and provides shelter for 41 mentally handicapped people, ranging in age from 6 to 31 years. Some youngsters and children stay in the MEHAYO hostel, but most of them live at home. The staff at MEHAYO are enthusiastic and dedicated people, both local and International and most of them are volunteers. Although not all are trained in the field of mental disability, their aim is to support MEHAYO by contributing their knowledge, skills, time and energy. Mehayo was started in 1995 by Linda Ngido, and registered as an NGO in 1998. Main Activities Practical life skills, education and vocational training are the main objectives of the training programme. Attention is also given to recreation, sport and social integration. MEHAYO is a non-profit making organization. It generates income by selling crops and home-made products. Other sources of finance are donations from friends and benefactors and occasional funding provided by international charity foundations. Volunteer tasks – Teaching English or other language – Teaching science – Playing and taking care of Children – Assisting Home work – Organizing game or craft – Teaching Sports – Taking care of the elderly – Taking care of people with disabilities – Construction – Cleaning the facilities – Beautifying the area – Farming or gardening – Vocational Education in Carpentry There is a timetable of activities each day including group activities like gardening, arts and crafts, music, and clean up. Volunteers may go to school with the children who attend primary school, or remain at the facility to assist in activities for children who are unable to attend school. Mehayo also has a working farm, and volunteers are welcome to join in on the activities on the farm (a short distance from the center). Volunteers are encouraged to develop their own activities according to their strengths and areas of expertise. The Mehayo administration is run entirely by volunteers, and appreciates any special skills volunteers can bring to the center—computer skills, ideas for improvement, etc. Volunteers are encouraged to be selfmotivated and help out where they are needed and where their strengths are. The children are enthusiastic and love to participate in music, drama, fashion shows, etc. set up by international volunteers during free time. Also, volunteers have a flexible schedule and can arrange with the volunteer coordinator when they need a break or time off.
Volunteers stay with host families. There is a guest house available which is run by the center and directly benefits the children. If a volunteer prefers to stay at the guest house he/she may do so for an additional fee.
Morogoro Mehayo is focusing on becoming selfsustainable, and is working on a number of income generating projects. Currently the children make cards to sell. Card stock and art supplies are always greatly appreciated. Beads are also always in demand for jewelry making. Any other supplies for children are appreciated (educational, toys, etc).
Mehayo welcomes volunteers of all backgrounds who have the desire to help others.
UVIKIUTA is an independent non-governmental organization that works with youth. It was created in 1983 following a proposal in which the Government of Tanzania invited unemployed youth to group together in order to receive assistance. Uvikiuta's projects focus on income generation, employment, and nutrition.
United Planet Tanzania (UPTZ) became a partner of ICYE in 2009. As a local, Tanzania-based non-profit organization, UPTZ is dedicated to bridging the cultural gap between Tanzania and other countries. Through volunteer, community-based assistance, cultural exchange visits, and homestays with local families, greater cross-cultural understanding and long-lasting impact within communities is fostered.
UVIKIUTA long term voluntary host placements focus primarily on education, income generation, employment, and nutrition.
United Planet Tanzania (UPTZ) short term projects focus on education, children and health.