Volunteer In Tanzania & Help Support People Living With HIV/AIDS

Did you know that Tanzania currently ranks 6th in the world for the number of people living with HIV/AIDS? That’s 1.4 million men, women and children. Support For International Change (SIC) is dedicated to limiting the impact of HIV/AIDS in underserved communities and training future leaders in global health and development.

Our volunteer programs offer university students and recent alumni a chance to make an impact in Tanzania by educating local communities through structured HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns.

In 2009, a group of SIC volunteers spearheaded a project to raise money for UPENDO, a local support group for people living with HIV/AIDS. The goal was to provide enough funds for the members of UPENDO to build a chicken coop, which would become a valuable income-generating project for them to maintain in the future.

Here is a letter (translated from Swahili to English) from Peter Qwaray, the Chairman of UPENDO:

Dear Becca (and all VP4 volunteers of 2009),

I would like to thank you for your short letter of words which touched the hearts of everyone in UPENDO group.

Really, we thank you so much for your contribution which has made us so happy. You have showed us that you are willing to give us a helping hand in our struggle to help ourselves through our income-generating project, and we believe that you will continue with the same good hearts into the future.

We know that you also have hard lives like us, but because you have been with us, you also realise that our conditions are particularly difficult, and you will therefore continue to forgo some things so you can continue to contribute to improving our lives.

I would like to thank you so much again on behalf of all my fellow group members and we pray that you have lives of happiness.  Keep going with the same caring hearts, it is a quality to be worshipped and you will be blessed by God.

We believe that you will connect us with many friends in your country, and we are so happy to be with you – in fact you are more than our friends, you are our relatives now!

Please give heartfelt thanks to everyone there who remembers us. God bless you all again and again.

Thank you,

Peter Qwaray – Chairman UPENDO HIV+ Support Group

SIC currently has space available for our summer program starting July 20 – September 14 and the fall program starting September 22 – December 15. If anyone is interested in volunteering in Tanzania, here are some links that will provide additional information about SIC’s volunteer programs.

Personal photo submitted by Monica W.


LelaYearningtoe G.


We must believe that we will touch some while attempting to reach all----"Education is not an option, it is required"!

LelaYearningtoe G.

I am interested in raising awareness about the HIV/AIDS Pandemic. The purpose of Yearning to Educate Somebody is to insure you are armed with knowledge about this horrible disease. We must believe that we will touch some while attempting to reach all----"Education is not an option, it is required"! https://www.facebook.com/Yearning2Educate.

Debbie L.
Debbie Lim7 years ago

This is great. One of the main reasons why the number of people living with HIV is so high is because they are ignorant of this disease and don't know or fully understand how it is transmitted from one person to another. It is definitely a good thing to raise awareness, especially in rural, poor villages, where the number of people with education is very limited.

Valerie G.
Val G7 years ago

Kudos to these volonteers!
Thank you Monica!

K s Goh
KS Goh7 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Abbe A.
Azaima A7 years ago

nice. I wonder how much impact a college-age volunteer has to help women gain control over their own bodies.

Ellen Mccabe
Ellen m7 years ago

What a great day...more good news than bad...but I haven't hit the political stuff yet.
Maybe I should quit while i'm ahead for the day!

Barb G.
Barb G.7 years ago

Thank you!

J C Bro
J C Brou7 years ago

Thank you so much for this.

Lindsey Williams
Lindsey Williams7 years ago

Thanks for sharing.