Our partner Tanzania Animal Welfare Society (TAWESO) opened its first branch in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, at the weekend. The centre is a joint collaboration between TAWESO and Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots, a youth-led community action and learning programme, and the team were thrilled to have Dr Jane Goodall, world renowned chimpanzees expert and UN Messenger of Peace, as guest of honour to officially open the centre.
The turnout far exceeded expectations, with more than 200 people attending the grand opening, and the team marked the day with celebrations including children’s games and animal-welfare songs performed by the International School of Tanganyika band. There was also a good representation from other organisations including one of our other Tanzania partners MAWO and the Chief Animal Welfare Officer from the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development.
The new TAWESO Animal Welfare Center came about when Dr Jane Goodall herself approached TAWESO and suggested they collaborate after seeing the incredible work they do to help animals in Tanzania. The centre will include a clinic for rescued animals and will work to ensure the future welfare of animals in Dar es Salaam through community education, veterinary outreach and rehoming programmes.
The event was not only an enjoyable day for all who attended but most importantly helped raise awareness of the new centre’s presence. Dr Thomas Kahema, Executive Director of TAWESO, says: ‘The day was very good – a bit hot, but no one minded about it! In short, it was a day of new hope to people and animals.’
The Donkey Sanctuary funds TAWESO’s work to improve donkey welfare through community programmes with donkey owners, government officials, welfare inspectors, village leaders, schools and colleges. It is anticipated that this will be the first of many TAWESO centres in Tanzania to help suffering animals across the country.