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MAWO Initiatives

MAWO Initiatives

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Meru Animal Welfare Organization (MAWO) is a nonprofit animal-welfare organization working in the Meru region of Tanzania. Within our culture and society, we fight for these five freedoms of animals:

Freedom from hunger and thirst

Freedom from discomfort

Freedom from pain, injury and disease

Freedom from fear and distress

Freedom to express normal behavior

Our Mission is to protect all animals from torture, abuse, cruelty, diseases, and killing.


Our Vision is for animals to be respected as living creatures who experience pain, fear, and suffering.


Our Aim is to promote, improve, and develop any matter concerning the protection of animals and understanding of animals among the people of Tanzania without gaining any profit.



In 2009, MAWO Founder and President, Johnson Lyimo and other community leaders were brought together to discuss their shared concern for the horrific animal treatment they were seeing in their communities. By 2010 they had completed a baseline survey to study the greatest needs for animal welfare in the Meru region. MAWO was created to address these problems so as to better the lives of both animals and humans in this area. 


Since then, MAWO has played a significant role as a champion for animal welfare throughout the Meru District and Tanzania. “Animal welfare” to us means the concern for the well-being of an animal’s physical and mental state and involves the mitigation of avoidable suffering, injury, pain, fear, or distress resulting from unnatural behavior while used for work, sport, companionship, research or food. The ethical basis for MAWO’s policies stems from looking beyond the conservation of species to the welfare of individual animals.


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Johnson Lyimo

President and Founder of MAWO

Johnson Lyimo is Founder and President of Meru Animal Welfare Organization based in Usa River, Arusha in Tanzania. He has 10 years extensive experience working in the field of animal welfare in Tanzania.
Johnson is on the Advisory Committee for the Coalition for African Animal Welfare Organizations based in Cape Town, South Africa. He is also a Tanzanian representative for the International Organization for Animal Protection (OIPA) , an NGO affiliated with the United Nations Department of Public Information and the United Nations Economic and Social Council.