The Loose Change Sponsorship Scheme
The Loose Change Sponsorship Scheme [Loose Change] was established in January 2012 by Sheryl Taylor, a primary school teacher living in Melbourne. Loose Change is a community-based, not-for-profit charity that supports the New Outlook Centre Tanzania [NOCET], a small orphanage in Arusha, Tanzania. Tanzania is on the east coast of Africa, between Kenya [to the north], and Mozambique [to the south].
Loose Change is registered with the Victorian Department of Justice as a fund-raising organisation. Sheryl raises money through monthly or annual sponsorship, as well as donations and other fund-raising activities. A number of community organisations also collect loose change at their meetings and bank this money for Loose Change. Sponsors are family, friends, colleagues, social and community groups.
The fundamental operating principles for Loose Change are:
> No overheads
> As close to 100% of the money collected goes directly to benefit NOCET
> All sponsors are informed as to how and when donated money is spent.
Founder of the Loose Change Sponsorship Scheme
Your loose change goes a long way
Some Eastwood PS students took the initiative to host a garage sale, with money raised going to Loose Change.
Sheryl gave a presentation to students at Camberwell High School – these students donated money for a TV for NOCET.
Open Garden fund-raiser – the combination of an absolutely gorgeous garden and perfect weather, attracted many visitors.
Open Garden fund-raiser – Sheryl talked about the work of Loose Change.
Pyjama Day at Eastwood PS – a gold coin donation went towards purchasing a bed for Joyce.
Eastwood August 2013 fund-raising – Sheryl with some of the money collected by the Eastwood PS community.
Eastwood August 2013 fund-raising – we almost broke the coin-counting machine at our bank!
Eastwood August 2013 fund-raising – one week of coin!
The U3A Croydon Tuesday Quilting Group holding up some of the quilts that were delivered to Joyce and the kids in September 2013.
Sheryl’s grandson Lachlan [far right] leads the walkathon group out. Lachlan is one of a group of students who organised this fund-raising event, held at his school in Ringwood [April 2014]
The full Grade 5 NOCET Walkathon group, with their teachers. The children who organised this event are at front [April 2013]
The New Outlook Centre Tanzania [NOCET]
NOCET is a family-run orphanage that is currently home to 13 full-time care orphans. NOCET also supports 13 other children and young adults whose families are too poor to clothe, feed and educate them.
NOCET was founded in 2006 by Samuel Pius, and registered as a Non-Government Organisation [NGO] in 2007. It has a Board, including a Secretary, volunteer Directors, and a Finance Manager.
The staff are dedicated to their objectives for the care and education of the children, as well as:
• networking with other reputable orphanages and NGOs, especially to gain knowledge of best practice
• and, planning for the future.
Staff at NOCET
NOCET Founder and Director
Matron [Salary paid by Loose Change]
Coordinator [Salary paid by Loose Change]
Finance Manager [Volunteer]
A little bit of background
In September 2008, during a break in a safari tour, Sheryl and her husband took a taxi from Lake Manyara to Arusha. As fate would have it, the only other passenger was Peter Makemo, Samwel’s nephew. During the hour-long trip, Peter outlined his future plans: to complete his studies to become a pastor, as well supporting his uncle’s orphanage. Sheryl and Peter kept in touch through emails over the following 3 years. In December 2011, Sheryl and her husband visited Arusha, spending 4 weeks there to meet all the staff and children of NOCET, to determine its budget and needs.
Samwel operates a small medical laboratory in Arusha. The orphanage depended solely on Samuel’s income for its survival. The running costs for NOCET placed great financial strain on him. At that time Joyce, Samwel’s wife – the Matron of NOCET – was living with the children in 2 basic, rented rooms of an accommodation block. These rooms didn’t have electricity or running water, a shared outside toilet, a small front yard that was a play area for neighbourhood children as well. Joyce carried 20 litres of water in a bucket on her head 5 times a day, a 1 kilometre round trip to a tap next to a main road; that water had to be paid for. A Nursery was run from one of the rooms, with a teacher paid from Samwel’s pocket. This nursery drew a very modest income for NOCET.
Samwel is a kind, generous man of modest means. Through NOCET he has taken it upon himself, along with family and volunteers, to care for orphaned and vulnerable children, of which there are many in Tanzania.
In January 2012, through the efforts of Loose Change, NOCET was moved to a 3 bedroom house. Located in a quiet, suburban area, with security walls and gate, a garden and grassed area, the house has running water [cold], electricity, indoor toilets and showers, separate bedrooms for the boys and girls, tiled floors, painted walls. All of this provides for a comfortable, safe, home environment for the children, as well as for the staff that work there. The house is close to the childrens’ schools, local shops, services and transport.
Samwel’s ultimate dream is to offer his community a resource where local people can come for health checks as well as provide opportunities for sex education classes and for vulnerable women to perhaps learn a skill to improve their earning capacity.
Earnings from Samwel’s medical laboratory funded NOCET exclusively before Loose Change became involved.
© 2019 Sheryl Taylor and Loose Change Sponsorship Scheme | Website photographs: Kerry Ferroni, Jacqui Pinkava, Sheryl Taylor, Pier Vido | Site by Pier Vido Design | Updated 9 August 2019