We build early learning eco-friendly children's villages and big, bright futures

about us

who are we?

foodwatershelter incorporated (fws) is a not-for-profit, non-denominational, non-governmental organisation that builds and runs an eco-friendly children's village with education, social and health facilities for children in Tanzania. We have bases in Australia and the United States of America.

 Download the About Us flyer (pdf - 1.3 MB)

what is our mission?

We are an NGO developed to promote and raise funds for our major project, being Kesho Leo Children’s Village, located in the village of Sinon in the Arusha region of Tanzania, East Africa. 

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what is our history?

fws was established in late 2005 by ten amazing and generous people and are the founding members of fws.

Since then, we have continued thanks to dozens of expert and dedicated volunteers working behind the scenes across Australia, United States and the rest of the world. Our off-site volunteer team includes architects, accountants, lawyers and legal advisors, nurses, social workers, education experts, permaculture experts, company directors, secretarial support, publicity officers, fundraisers, editors, graphic designers, HR specialists, researchers, writers and sponsorship co-ordinators. 

In 2012 we gained our 501(c)(3) status in the United States and enjoy tax deductibility for donors in both Australia and the United States.

Want to know more about how we started, and how and why we do what we do?

 Download our Foundations booklet (pdf - 1.8 MB)

how do we operate?

fws's governing rules are explained in our Foodwatershelter Inc Rules of Incorporation.pdf

fws has clear, measurable goals that help us constantly improve. Contact us for our most recent strategic plan.

organisational chart

fws is big on team work. We operate as one big team and as many smaller teams at the same time. We're always growing and changing, (current organisational chart to be uploaded, stay tunned).

All of our fws team in Australia and USA are volunteers and they're in it for the long haul.

Meet our fws aus volunteers >
Meet our fws usa volunteers >

Kesho Leo children's village in Tanzania is managed and staffed by a team of international volunteers and local Tanzanian people. Meet the kesho crew >

Our commitment to International Development

ACFID Full Member and signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct

The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) is the peak Council for Australian not-for-profit aid and development organisations. foodwatershelter incorporated is a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct, which is a voluntary, self-regulatory sector code of good practice. As a signatory we are committed and fully adhere to the ACFID Code of Conduct, conducting our work with transparency, accountability and integrity. Further information about ACFID and the Code of Conduct can be found at www.acfid.asn.au.

fws is committed to respecting and protecting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.