Mwanza Sustainable Environment Association
PO Box 2223
Phone: 0745 043535, 0744933965, 0742 155464
Mwanza Sustainable Environment Association (MSEA) was set up in 1999 and invites into its membership anyone interested in environmental conservation and the improvement of livelihoods in poor communities.
It’s primary concerns are to seek to improve the state of the environment in the collaboration with Government, the community, district and town councils, municipal areas and institutions engaged in environmental conservation activities; to improve the general quality of life via participatory methods of education for economic capacity building and self-reliance; support marginalised groups such as women, children, orphans, widows, single parents and the aged to achieve attain self-sustaining economies; to provide professional support and services, consultancy and education through local government, with an emphasis on the planning and sustainable management of rural and urban land use and its resources; to create awareness of marginalised groups, especially women and young people, and so enable them to fully participate in community developments and activities, and so improve their quality of life.
As a national NGO, MSEA strives to operate throughout the country and so far has extended its coverage to the Lake Victoria Zone and Western Zone of Tanzania. Its founding office is in Mwanza, and its regional offices operate as fully autonomous entities.
MSEA’s Tabora regional office has established the group Women of MSEA, which is involved in a variety of income-generating activities including handicrafs, honey packaging and fruit processing. Members also produce and package special dietary foods for people living with HIV/AIDS and children under the age of five.
The organisation has also provided technical support to local communities to construct and stock fish ponds, has worked to promote environmentally friendly cash crops and discourage tobacco growing, and to encourage small farmers to adopt and practice agro-forestry. In addition, it actively raises awareness of HIV/AIDS and promotes safe sex practices.