is a voluntary, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO)
operating in the context of socio-economic and cultural development and
environmental conservation in Tanzania. Our central objective is to
promote development awareness, utilization and conservation of both
natural and cultural resources.
The organization was founded in the mid-1980's, becoming formerly
registered in January of 1995 under Tanzanian Civil Society Ordinance
(Cap 337, Rule 5), Certificate of Registration No. SO.8318 of 1954,
complying with NGO ACT 2002.
Our work is prioritized to facilitate and
encourage participation of poor people in development matters by
creating an enabling environment to control, own and benefit from
environmental and cultural resources. This ethic is strongly adhered to
in each of our programs, activities and publications.
Aims and Objectives
To coordinate and
facilitate the flow of information to promote environmental awareness
as a means towards sustainable development.
To coordinate and
facilitate the flow of information to promote emancipation of
disadvantaged peoples, such as those in pastoralist, farming and other
rural communities, women, children and the unemployed.
To promote awareness of
and preparation for environmental hazards, both natural and social,
through all potential vessels.
To strike a balance between
traditional and 21st century values.
To recruit people to
engage in participatory programs through multi-faceted educational
campaigns, seminars, workshops, the media, entertainment, etc.
To coordinate and
facilitate joint efforts with international organizations, volunteers,
students and educators who share a similar ethos.
MESO operates under the mutual
components of socio-economic development and environmental conservation.
The socio-economic component addresses poverty alleviation by improving
food security, health care access, sanitation and housing conditions,
and by promoting micro-enterprise development and alternative
income-generating activities. The environmental conservation component
seeks to bring about attitudinal change among community members and
leaders regarding the importance of natural resources and their
sustainable utilization. Our program's strategy is therefore centered on
the following set of principles:
To work closely and
in solidarity with target communities.
activities pioneered by local residents.
opportunities for full participation of all community members in the
planning and implementation processes of projects.
To conduct and
publish research so as to reach a broader audience.
To cooperate with
individuals, institutions and organizations with similar objectives
Branches and Field
has been established to operate anywhere in Tanzania to meet the
collective interests of its members and target communities. The
organization has its head office in Arusha municipality, where it
conducts social and environmental programs and solid waste management (Kaloleni
ward). A liaison office is located in Dar es Salaam that deals with
coordination activities, education for early childhood development and
post-primary and secondary school leavers in Sinza, and studies in
sustainable urban development and poverty alleviation. MESO also
has an agricultural function office at Tabata, Ilala District. A
rural-based branch in Karatu district (Kambi ya Simba village) works for
community conservation, sustainable agro-pastoral land use, eco-tourism,
education, microfinance, and
dissemination of information through seminars, training and resource
centers. Another rural-based branch in Mwanga District, Kilimanjaro
region, is in its initial stages.
Values and Culture
Willingness and interest in shared
aims and objectives
Spirit of volunteerism and pioneering
Resourcefulness and active involvement
Teamwork while respecting the freedoms
Creativity and innovation
Honesty and integrity
Networking, expanding links and
dialogue with partners and competitors
Using criticism and challenges as
bases for further development
MESO is a local NGO, though rapidly
expanding to a national and even international scale. The organization
is financed primarily through its members and through the programs it
has established (e.g., ecotourism, microfinance, solid waste disposal, etc.).
Although we are not opposed to receiving
external support to accomplish our goals, we strongly believe that our
programs and activities should be built on the principle of independence
and be geared towards self-sustainability. We hope that, through
co-operation with other concerned organizations and individuals, we can
strike a balance of mutual support rather than dependence.
Director and President
In 1993 Mr. Ahham received his BS in
Biology, Geography and Education from
the University of Dar es Salaam. A year later, he founded the
Multi-Environmental Society (MESO) and has served as the Director
and President ever since. He regularly attends conferences related to
tourism, poverty alleviation and sustainable development throughout
Tanzania and Africa, and has participated in colloquiums organized by
UNESCO, ACCORD/MNF, WTO and REPOA, among others. In addition, he serves
as the coordinator for the Arusha NGOs Network (ANGONET). In July 2003
he was elected to Tanzania's NGO National Council (30 members) and in
September 2003 he was appointed to the NGO National Board (10 members).
With MESO, he has authored or co-authored more than ten papers
and publications and, through these, pioneered conservation and tourism
efforts in the Rift Valley area. He has also served as a supervisor for
interns from the US, Germany, France and the UK. In his spare time, Mr. Ahham manages
farms in the village of Kambi ya Simba, Karatu District, where he was
Juma H. Killaghai
Mr. Killaghai received his Bachelor of
Education in 1991 and a Masters in Chemistry in 1995, both
from the University of Dar es Salaam. Before then, he received a diploma in education (Physics and Mathematics) and a National
Service Certificate from the Dar es Salaam Teachers College. He taught
science for a brief period at the secondary level before serving as an
evaluator of science manuscripts for the U. of Dar Press. He worked on
the National Faculty of Education as a coordinator for the Girls'
Science/Math Project from 1994-1995 and as an associate coordinator for
science/math teacher training in 1996. In 1996 he also began working in
the chemistry department at the U. of Dar as a part-time assistant and
research fellow. Since 1998 he has been BP Tanzania's chief chemist. Mr.
Killaghai joined MESO as the organization's Secretary General in
1994, initiating the organization's Early Childhood and Youth Education
Project in Dar es Salaam. He remains active in other educational
activities in the Dar area, as a member of FESTAC International,
organizing arts workshops for street children.
Mr. Sang'ka graduated from the University
of Dar es Salaam in 1976 with a law degree.
After interning briefly for the Attorney General, he began working full
time for the Tanzania Legal Corporation (TLC), heading the Department of
Litigation. In 1981 he headed the TLC's Arusha branch and in 1986 he was
admitted to the bar as an advocate. Since his tenure with the TLC, as
a private advocate, he has handled numerous criminal, civil, corporate
and land rights suits throughout Tanzania. Apart from his legal practices, Mr. Sang'ka is a small farmer and practices animal husbandry using
zero-grazing methods. An ardent environmentalist, he has been a full
advised MESO since the organization's inception.
- Solid Waste Disposal Manager
From 1972-1994 Mr. Tuway served on the
Arusha Town Council (now the Arusha Municipal Council). His duties
included: carrying environmental sanitation inspections, controlling
infectious diseases, health education, scrutinizing building plans and
drainage testing, water and food sampling assessment, monitoring
industrial health hazards, vector borne control (malaria) and other
vermin, public health protection, solid and liquid waste supervision,
and public health administration. Now he is MESO's Solid Waste
- Microfinance Branch Manager
Assistant Manager (Microfinance)
Mr. Paulo, Mr. Sadikieli, Mr. Xumay and
Mrs. Malle form the loan committee of MESO's microfinance program
and manage client services on a daily basis. All are
standard seven graduates and farmers in the village of Kambi ya Simba.
Together, they also run and maintain a visitor and
resource center (library) at the Karatu Branch. Mr. Paulo has long
experience in management of community services and natural resources,
administration of community development and conservation farming. In addition, Mr. Paulo served as
councilor for Mbulumbulu Ward in the early 1980s and currently
represents MESO as a member of the Karatu NGO Council.
- Office Manager and Resource
Ms. Hharrison finished standard seven in
1992 and received a vocational degree in sewing machine in 2001. She has
obtained basic computer skills (Microsoft Office, typing) and practical
skills in library management.
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