Sunday, November 8, 2009

Brief History of SACCODE-Trust

SACCODE-Trust came about through a relationship established between Joseph Patemba and Dennis Appel in Blantyre, Malawi during the Fall of 2006. They were working together in support of an orphan daycare center located in Maliya. Maliya is a rural (bush) community located several miles outside of Blantyre. The center was operated by a NGO registered in Malawi called Chimembe Orphan Care Organization (COCO). COCO was seeking additional management and material support to improve the conditions of the daycare center. Dennis was in Malawi serving as Ericsson’s in-country project manager for deploying their wireless switching (cell phone) networks, and Joseph, whose family resides in the Congo, was an active member of management and project coordinator for COCO (since 2005).

Joseph is pictured here with his wife and family on their wedding day in May 2009.

Through organizing fundraisers such as football tournaments, food and clothing drives, and ’sundowners’ with local community members, charitable organizations and businesses, COCO was able to provide some of the needed funds and material goods for the daycare center. However not all of the objectives were met and the fate of the children remain in question where support is still desperately needed.
The forming of SACCODE-Trust was driven by a need to provide transparent management and distribution of received funds and material goods, which was desperately needed if the care of the children and their living conditions were going to improve. The management team of SACCODE-Trust sees a need for change in the delivery and administration of aid in Africa and believes these types of socially driven, humanitarian efforts are necessary and important to improve the conditions of sub-Saharan African communities.

SACCODE-Trust is at a turning point. Energy and resources are being assembled to hopefully make a difference by providing long term humanitarian support of African communities. This will occur through appropriate international relationships and channels whereby funding and other necessary resources can be obtained.

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