/Tanzania mission to the Poor and Disabled (PADI) formally known as Ruvuma Mission to the Poor and Disabled (PADI) was established on 17th June 1999 and registered as an NGO on 22nd November 1999 with registration certificate No. So: 10140.  On the 3rd September 2008 PADI Complied under the NGO Act (2002) and received registration No. 0795. PADI mainly deals with supporting older people, MVCs, people with disability, water wells construction, provision of entrepreneurship skills, loans to small businesses and farmers, HIV/AIDS, malaria education, legal aid services, revolving animal schemes and advocating for policy change on age and ageing . PADI is operating nationally and its head office is located in Songea Municipal depot near Angaza office in Ruvuma with FOUR sub- offices one at Njombe Town, second in Namtumbo District, third is at Unangwa PADI Center and the fourth is in Mbinga District. PADI is an Affiliate of Help Age International.


We envision a community where marginalized groups are sustainably supported and empowered.


PADI is committed to the improvement of social welfare of marginalized groups through various forms of social economic development, community awareness building, advocacy and networking.

Services Offered:

  • Micro-credit support (Soft loans provision to older people and OVC care givers).
  • Revolving animals (Chickens and Goats) Scheme to older people and Disabled Children Careers.
  • Community health fund support to older people and their dependents/OVC.
  • Improving water supply, conservation and tree planting in sources of water.
  • Scholastic material support to Most Vulnerable Children and Disabled.
  • Providing basic needs to marginalized groups including (older people, MVCs/OVC, people with disability including disbursing funds for medical services through CHF.
  • Provision of legal aid education, age Care Education, HIV/AIDS and Malaria education to older people and the community at large.
  • Entrepreneurship skills training to IGA groups.
  • Formation and registering IGA groups (formalizing Informal IGA groups to CBOs).

PADI values

  • Honesty.
  • Integrity.
  • Transparency.
  • Accountability.
  • Teamwork and partnership.
  • Sustainability.
  • Value for money.
  • Creativity and innovativeness.
  • Mutual respect and care.

Human Resources

a) PADI Staff: PADI has 63 full time paid staffs namely 1 CEO, 1 Project Manager, 1 Project Coordinator, 6 M&E Officers, 3 Accountants,17 Project officers, 7 field officers, 3 Office Attendant,1 HR Officer, 1 ICT Officer and 22 Data Clerks. These staff members manage several programs the organization delivers.

b) PADI has also over 1000 volunteers working in different fields in Njombe and Ruvuma region at grassroots level including Economic strengthening and Livelihood –ESL volunteers, community case workers-CCWS, home based Care-HBC, Older People Monitoring Groups-OPMG, Paralegals, older people Forum –Leaders and Para Social Worker – PSW.

Target group

Older people, disabled people, Most Vulnerable Children (MVCs) and poor people at grass root level


 PADI is linked to Local, National and International NGOs in Tanzania and outside Tanzania.


  • PADI is an Affiliate of Help Age International since October 2011.
  • Peer Water Exchange/Blue Planet Run Foundation (BPRF) a USA water focused organization since July. 2008.
  • TANGO -Tanzania Association of Non-Governmental Organization since 2000.
  • SONNGO- Songea Network of Non- Governmental Organization since 2003.
  • TSPN –Tanzania Social Protection Network since 2010.
  • TOP- Tanzania older People Platform.

b) OUR LOCAL PARTNERS: PADI works with other CBOs / NGOs;

  • KIWAUTA – Kilio cha waathirika Tanzania.
  • PADI has been appointed as Tanzania Social Protection Network Host (with 33 members- registered organization).
  • MAPAO-Makete paralegal Organization.
  • LWAPAO-Lwandachene Paralegal Organization.
  • LUPAO-Ludewa Paralegal Organization.
  • TUMO- Tulilumwi Makambako Organization.
  • NYOMAPACE: Nyombo Makambako Paralegal Center.
  • NJOPACE: Njombe Paralegal Center.

OPERATIONAL AREA: Rural and Urban areas in Tanzania.


Banks, Social Security institutions, District Councils, Entry and annual fees from members, contributions from business people, donations from charitable organizations, private companies and other donors, grants or subsidies from central Government and Local Government, income generating activities done by PADI.


PADI has various Policies/Guides/Regulation leading implementation of its work to achieve its objectives, including:

  • Human resource manual.
  • Financial manual.
  • Procurement policy.
  • Strategic plan 2018-2023.
  • Fraud policy.
  • HIV/AIDS Policy.
  • Child protection policy.
  • Child safeguarding policy.
  • Older people policy (adopted national ageing policy).
  • Disabled policy (adopted national disabled policy).

Projects Performance and awards

For three years consecutively, PADI received the following awards/recognition for the good performance in supporting marginalized groups by government and other NGOs/stakeholders.

  1. In 2009 PADI received award of- Land Rover 110 defender from Help Age International funded by EU after successfully managed a three years’ project ‘’Reducing poverty within the most Vulnerable households in Ruvuma region’’ in 2006-2008.
  2. For more than 15 years working with Songea Municipal council, PADI has shown greater commitment in supporting marginalized people, working closely with government and good result of work at field level. Due to these, Songea Municipal council on 10th June 2010 decided to write appreciation letter (with reference No: SO/MC/C.50/7/70) to PADI for a good performance in supporting marginalized people especially older people in Songea Municipality and Tanzania as whole. To date PADI is the only organization out of over 50 organizations in the Municipality received a letter of appreciation from the Government.
  3. On 8th April 2013 Songea Municipal also awarded PADI with certificate with reference No: SO/MC/H.10/18/39 recognizing PADI for good performance in supporting community especially on HIV/AIDS.
  4. PADI has shown greater commitment, transparent and trustfulness in managing donor funds, working closely with government and good result of work at field level (to the beneficiaries) with sustainable manner as a result in November 2011, PADI was awarded by The Foundation for Civil Society ‘’the Civil Society Excellence Award 2011 Second run-up’’ out of over 523 CSOs which participated in the competition in Tanzania.
  5. While in 2012 PADI was awarded by the same organization ‘’the Civil Society Excellence Award 2012 first run-up out of 581 CSOs which participated in the competition.
  6. On 14/8/2018 Mbinga Town Council appointed us to be a member of council nutrition committee, with a letter with reference number MTC/NUT.01/01/VL.1
  7. In November 2018 & 2019 Legal Service Facility (LSF) awarded Tsh. 48 million to PADI for its good project implementation performance in Njombe region.
  8. at the end of 2020 PADI received award of a car (Land Cruiser hardtop - DFPA ) from Pact - Tanzania through Kizazi Kipya project funded by USAID for project implementation.