We need your help now

Our primary aim is to raise enough money to cover the rent, educational costs of the children, and salaries for the workers. We have managed to do that through sponsorship by family and friends. However, as NOCET has grown, there are 2 volunteer workers who need salaries.

As the people we support progress through school, costs increase dramatically. In 2018, 6 will be in Nursery School/Kindergarten, 14 in Primary, 5 in Secondary, 1 attends university. Unfortunately, we do not have enough sponsorship to pay for the increase in educational costs to cover these students for 2019.

If they are to have the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty and change their lives and the lives of their families and communities, then funding their education is crucial.

In short, we need more sponsors.


Letter of thanks

Towards the end of 2014, Adams sent Loose Change a letter. We'd like to share it with you:

It was a Monday morning and I looked around to see breakfast being prepared for our happy and smiling children. Each one of them, including Naomi and Wilsum, talking and laughing, completely oblivious to the fact that they are disadvantaged; they did not see themselves that way at all. Since you cannot see their dear faces, I am writing to tell you how wonderful it is to see them smile and how thankful we are for your donations that make it happen!

Your contribution has helped so much, but the need is still great. Each day, each month and each year we help our children with food, education, clothing and a place to stay. Without donations like yours, however, the centre will not have enough funds to keep operating.

A financial gift from you which is desperately needed to help us reach our goals at the moment gives services that bring much joy to the kids. Together we are transforming lives and building brighter futures, but without you it just wouldn’t be possible.

Thank you so much for your support.

Yours in Love and Kindness

Adams Genga

Program Coordinator


what it costs, 2015

Here is a rundown of the current annual cost* to send NOCET children to Primary, Secondary, College and University, in Australian dollars.




Forms 1–4


Forms 5 and 6


Vocational College




Note: Most Tanzanians live on less than AUD2 a day.

*  Revised each year.

^ Includes all school fees, uniform, books, breakfast and
   2 pairs of shoes per year.

# Includes accommodation, food, fees and books.

Future plans

The assistance Loose Change has given has certainly eased financial pressure on Samwel. He has been able to purchase half an acre of land on the outskirts of Arusha. The plan is to build a permanent orphange building, housing 20 full-time care children. That building is estimated to cost USD100,000 to construct. In addition, NOCET plans a building of 4 rooms for Nursery and Kindergarten classes, and a small medical laboratory. The lab would offer testing services to the wider community. Income generated from the classes and lab would assist NOCET to become self-sufficient. Produce would be sourced in bulk from local farms, there would be no rent; schools are within walking distance. The local community benefits in many ways. A win-win situation. But … we have a long, long way to go yet!

Sheryl has established a Building Fund, and seeks donations, particularly from community groups and businesses.

What can you do?

Please consider becoming a sponsor – we want your loose change! Sponsorship can be as little as $10 per month, preferably through electronic funds transfer. Contact Sheryl to have a sponsorship form mailed or emailed out to you, or download one from the CONTACT page.

Ask your family, friends, colleagues; the social, community, service and sporting groups you belong to; the schools your children attend; to think of initiatives for collecting their loose change.

If you have a regular lunch or dinner with friends; attend a book club, sewing group, club or community group function, Sheryl will be most happy to speak about Loose Change and NOCET with a presentation.

We live in a very rich country, blessed with choice and first world facilities, education, councils, medical centres and vast shopping complexes. Please consider donating your loose change to Loose Change Sponsorship Scheme. A simple and very effective strategy is to have a jar or tin in your pantry into which you empty out your coins every night – you’ll be amazed at how much can accumulate in a short period of time.


Creative thinking

Jacqui – friend and sponsor – in Canberra meets with her friends on a regular monthly basis. Since visiting NOCET, she has decided to re-badge her group as “The Women’s Monthly”, collecting their loose change at the end of their dinner outings, and banking it for us. This money purchases sanitary napkins for the NOCET girls who are menstruating. Until this initiative, the girls had to stay home, each missing an average of 4 days per month of school – that equates to a whole term per year.

The U3A Croydon Tuesday Patchwork Group collect their loose change when they meet each week to quilt, chat and socialise. One member acts as chief collector and banks the money each month. It’s fantastic how quickly this money adds up. The quilts that they lovingly created are now much loved by Joyce and the children under her care. The Tuesday Sketch and Paint Class, another U3A Croydon group, also collects loose change from class attendees, which is fantastic.


Jacqui’s "Women’s Monthly” Group, Canberra

The U3A Croydon Tuesday Quilting Group, Melbourne

© 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