Our organisation was first established as Friends of Don Bosco (FDB) in 1998 by Evans Tegete. In 2010 we changed our name to Watoto Wetu Tanzania.Evans lost his mother when he was 2 years old. His father was unable to take care of him, therefore he grew up under the protection of his grandmother. After completing primary level he was accepted to join the Don Bosco Seminary at Mafinga, and later on completed his advanced level at Mkwawa High School. To complete his education and to get through all the other obstacles of being without parents in his childhood took a lot of hard work and help from many good samaritans around. That is why it also became his dream to help other children who are in the same situation as he was. That goal was realized in 1998 when he established FDB in the Tabata area. In the beginning he started the mission alone with 6 children, who were taken in from the streets. In 1999 he started receiving help from other local volunteers and in 2000 the media started to take notice of their efforts. This led to different interviews in the radio and on TV, which meant more children were able to receive help.Most of the children have lost either one or both of their parents and/or lost contact with the remaining family. When they join our centre they are accepted as members of our family instead. The centre's most fundamental philosophy is that we are living together as one family and treating each other as such, as brothers and sisters. Everyone of our young adults are responsible for one of our smaller ones, becoming like a new father or mother for the child, and a person to talk to if any problems arise. The duties of running a household are also shared between the children, with the older ones taking more responsibility. Furthermore our committed voluntary staff take the role as heads of the family. They are always there to help, and are also the ones who take care of the official business (and make sure the children are studying hard).
- Development - (education, play, leisure, information)
- Survival - (food, clothes, shelter)
- Protection - (against violence, war, drugs, sexual abuse)
- Participation - (freedom of speech, influence, co- and self determination)