General: the aim to show how fast Jipe Moyo grew and still is growing, expanded our support on different areas, development into an important voice for human rights, keep on moving!, We saw the big lack of adequate support for the most vulnerable ones in our society.
- In order to assist and guide the attempts for change (that were estimated in the Diocese of Musoma) the “Jipe Moyo” Centre Musoma was found towards the end of 2000
- Established in 2001 (first financial support from Misereor) – official inauguration and blessing of the centre was presided over by the Late Bishop Justin Samba on 30th October 2002.
- first just providing food for children who were still living in their families
- 2003/2004 “Upendo Daima” started, street children program just for boys, they were also staying overnight at the centre; Girls were not staying longer than two nights
- The shelter was somewhere else, they rented a house: counselling and training programs already started, gardening, and similar sports and games, children program containing follow ups and home visits
- 2008 moved to “Makoko Gengene” (still a rented house);
- 2010 Laurent Maarwa (+girlfriend) left the Centre, Sr. Florence 2010-2012
- 2012 Sister Annunciata got involve, still the centre was just serving for boys (only eight) – difficult care taking situation, distance from sisters to the centre, so Jipe Moyo moved to Mwisenge Makoko road (where we are now)
- Missio got involved in 2013 (July: start of building the shelter, opened in July 2014)
first three target groups: domestic workers, FGM, street children (boys)
later: CSEC project TDH (founded) for two years – going to the streets (bars, hotels, etc. ; fishing and mining areas) to find and rescue girls, provide training for them and enrol them into school, the shelter offered counselling
- Since then we grew a lot (up to now about 65 children at the shelter);
- We especially focused on putting up more outreaching programs in order to raise the public awareness on our core values
What started as a small shelter with a handful of boys turns out to be a central sign for upholding human rights in the whole Mara region.