Soma Kwa Furaha Initiative (SKFI)
-Soma Kwa Furaha is a Swahili word that means “education with Pleasure”
The Soma Kwa Furaha Initiative (SKFI) is a national Non-Governmental Organization based in Mwanza and registered with the Tanzania Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children-Community Development as a Non-Governmental Organization on the 7th of September-2021 under the Non-Governmental Organizations Act, No. 24 of 2002. The SKFI advocates for the Education, Health and Empowerment of communities targeting vulnerable children To enhance better quality education for a brighter future. The SKFI envisions a healthy, educated and self-reliant community by improving access to quality education, enabling a friendly educational environment and better health care, especially for children with special needs (disabled) according to their type of disability e.g. who may have learning disabilities or difficulties carrying out certain activities or actions, Autism, physical disability speech problems or behavioural disorders that can be identified and addressed during school years. Furthermore, the SKFI empowers the respective communities to gain control over the factors and decisions that shape their lives and better health services and strengthens the protection system for children. The Initiative intends to provide a conducive environment for children to better education to support the efforts of the government through the provision of school amenities and advocacy for child education.
In collaboration with the sister Organizations New Chapter Development for Youth (NCDY) and Fursa Foundation, We are now supporting and working with multiple integrative schools and organizations in and around Mwanza.
A traveller should choose to volunteer at our place because a traveller will benefit from a cultural exchange in brief from gaining temporary staff who usually recommend the travellers to their family/friends and also return in the future to travel which continues to boost the economy. The
cultural exchange will give visitors to Tanzania the chance to tour tribal areas to meet the people and experience their traditional way of life. Through the programmes and projects, a traveller also experiences indigenous attractions and scenery of rural Tanzania.
For the Traveler who wants to meet fishermen, cultivators, local minors, wildlife scouts, rainmakers and story-tellers, the land between Serengeti and Lake Victoria is the place to be because our organization is in Mwanza Region and neighbouring regions are Geita to the west, Shinyanga to the south, and Simiyu to the east. Furthermore, Lake Victoria borders the region's northern frontier, thus a traveller will be able to get a chance to learn the local culture, and language and even learn how to prepare different foods that have a natural Tanzanian. A traveller will also have the opportunity to take a boat trip in the Victoria zone. We will also be able to connect travellers to our partners who are tourist companies to visit many different tourist sites (tourist attractions).
A Traveler could
1. Learn More About Tanzania
When living in Tanzania you will get to integrate into the local culture, experience what the country and people are like and see places you have probably only seen before on television. You will also get to meet local people and tell them about your country. These types of cross-cultural exchanges are beneficial for all people involved.
2. Make New Friends
You will get to meet locals and other participants from all over the world. You will form strong bonds working alongside other people and thousands of people from many different countries.
3. Boost Your Career
This is one of the most important things, you will get to build professional relationships, learn from experienced staff and boost your CV. When you apply for jobs in the future and you have the experience of working with the local community in the United Republic of Tanzania on your CV this will look amazing to prospective employers who generally look at this experience in a very positive light.
4. Personal Development
It is no slight thing to come and work in Tanzania independently, you will build self-confidence and self-esteem which are some of the most underrated things to happen when on a cultural exchange. There are so many things you will also improve including adaptation and flexibility, you will learn Swahili and You will also get a sense of accomplishment when you complete an experience(certificate).
They will also receive the benefits of accommodation (housing), access to the Internet and free computers all the time they are in our office doing various activities.
Also, we offer the following awards to volunteers at the end;
1. Certificate of appreciation
2. Certificate of volunteering
3. Volunteering recommendation letter (on request)
During the weekends, a traveller has free time to relax or take the opportunity to explore Mwanza, wider Tanzania and Eastern Africa. Long weekends can be taken to travel further afield (Lake Manyara-Serengeti-Ngorongoro Crater-Tarangire) or to embark on a safari. Sunday is a religious day of rest. If you wish, you can accompany your host family to their local church, as a Tanzania church service is a unique and special experience for many volunteers.
Mwanza -Tanzania is an incredible place steeped in culture and beauty - don't miss out on some of the most incredible sights in Africa!
If you have an idea of which area you would like to volunteer in, even if it was not mentioned above, let us know and we will see if such an opportunity is available.
All we need and care about is serving and helping the community. even if we are already 4 full-time employees, with your skills in languages and your fresh perspective as a volunteer from another country, we think you can contribute to making a big difference and helping our organization grow.
I am ambitious and driven. I thrive on challenges and constantly set goals for myself, so I have something to strive toward. I am not comfortable with settling, and I am always looking for an opportunity to do better and achieve greatness.
Our organization is warm, friendly, helpful and happy to see volunteers. My staff and I are very
loving people and we serve everyone as one of us. The volunteer should expect to be well served and heard whenever he/she presents his/her thought to us. We always offer flexibility to our volunteers as well because volunteers are offering up their free time to assist in our projects and programs. We believe that: Everyone we meet has something to teach us".