The original Elimu Community Light Children Unit (ECOLICU) ECCD center was established in January of 1999 in the Daraja II ward, one of the poorest communities in Arusha. The organization emerged in response to rising crime rates and violence in the community and the negative impact it was making on the young children who were exposed to it.
The mission of ELIMU is to enable, empower and enhance the capacity of marginalized groups by linking them with development opportunities and the social components necessary to alleviate the pernicious effects of poverty.
Our Main Focus
The overall ECOLI’s objective is to build capacity and enable the marginalized groups to enhancing opportunities of development in the society so that they can liberate themselves from the obstacles hindering their developments individually and national in general.
OUR KEY BELIEFS
ECOLI is guided by two key beliefs, the first being that the developing nation depends on the education, development and skills of its citizens. The second is that the foundation of adulthood is built in early childhood. These two beliefs drive ECOLI in aiming to support and develop young children not just for their own sake, but for the sake of the future of Tanzania and the future generations of its citizens. If the critical cycle of disease, ignorance and poverty is ever going to be broken, it needs to start with a solid investment in the future. It is in this way that ECOLI conducts its primary activities and strives for quality, affordable and accessible programs and services for local communities.