We support the following community-based initiatives in Mwaembe.

Mwaembe Community Charitable Trust (MCCT)

In 2009 MCCT bought land in Mwaembe, built on it and developed it as a community space. This was achieved with the generous help of a variety of donors in Kenya, the UK, the USA, Canada as well as Etatu Trustees. We are delighted to have built a new kitchen in 2017, funded by Team Vantola’s sponsored bike ride from Vancouver to Los Angeles.


The site has several uses – an orphans’ feeding scheme, a shamba to grow food, a meeting place for community groups and a quiet place to study.

The caretaker of the property is Kassim Jambia, a founding member of the orphans’ feeding scheme in 2004.

new-kitchen caretaker

Msambweni Orphans’ Programme (MOP)

Forty children who are orphans meet once a week for a nutritious meal and time and space to play. MOP keeps an eye on their health and progress at school and acts as necessary, supplying school uniform, school supplies, school fees for secondary students, homework help, medical costs and weekly laundry powder.

The time the children spend at MOP represents important respite time for carers, many of whom are grandmothers living on their own.

MOP was set up in 2004 by a dynamic group of men and women in their twenties. The group changed its management and adopted the name ‘MOP’ in 2014 and Etatu became involved. Etatu helps with organisational management and funding.

Asia and Masika manage MOP, which includes cooking the weekly meal. They were amongst the first group of children assisted in 2004 and both were sponsored by Etatu through their secondary schooling. They are helped by Salim, one of the original founding members.

Msambweni Turtle and Marine Conservation Trust (MTMCG)

Msambweni Turtle and Marine Conservation Group is one of 18 turtle conservation groups operating along the Kenyan coast under the umbrella of the Kenya Sea Turtle Conservation Committee (KESCOM).

Its mission is to help conserve the environment and natural resources of Msambweni by protecting Green and Hawksbill turtles and other marine life, educating fishermen and the community and promoting sustainable livelihoods.

MTMCG was set up in 2004 and is run entirely by volunteers under the leadership and guidance of Hussein Ali.

In 2019, we provided durable floats for fishing nets for the fishermen of Munje, Mwaembe and Sawa Sawa. These replaced the polystyrene ones they use, fashioned from collected rubbish. As well as being environmentally destructive, polystyrene makes very poor floats as it continually falls apart. Hussein Ali delivered workshops on the effect of plastic in the oceans to the fishermen involved.

On an ongoing basis, Etatu assists MTMCG’s education sessions in Primary schools. In May 2019, we arranged for sixteen sponsored secondary pupils to accompany Hussein Ali to Diani to fete the flipflopi dhow on its way from Lamu to Zanzibar and attend lectures and a film about marine conservation.


You may have been directed to our website by one of these groups having visited or been in touch with them. If you would like to send them a donation, you can do so through us. Please get in touch and we’ll arrange it.

How your Donation can Help

£2 gives a child who is orphaned a wholesome MOP meal and laundry powder for a month.

£16 buys a tough, durable football made by Alive and Kicking Kenya.

£40 provides four orphans with hard-wearing school shoes.

£75 supplies ten children with their primary school uniform, made in the village.

£150 buys large floats for the sea-bed cages of the fishermen of Munje, Msambweni and Sawa Sawa, or similar sized fishing communities further afield, accompanied by an educational meeting with Hussein Ali.

£200 supports MOP for a month, covering all aspects of its provision.

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