The Kili Centre is located in rural Moshi, Tanzania. It was founded by Michael Mpombo in June 2006. It is a registered Non-Governmental Organisation* that provides protection and development services to orphans and street children.
The organisation runs three major programs: Residential Care, Education and Outreach.
At our Residential Care Centre, children receive services such as food, clothing, shelter, health care, guidance, adult supervision and attention throughout a day, alongside both social and psychological support. Currently Kili Centre houses 38 orphans and street children (18 girls and 20 boys between the ages of 3 to 14).
At our education program children receive either non formal education studies, nursery, primary or secondary education studies. In the future the program intends to also provide college and vocational training studies to the children. Currently for this term (January – June 2008) Kili Centre has enrolled all of its children in nursery, primary and secondary schools. Three (2 girls and 1 boy) are in secondary school, thirty-two (17 boys and 15 girls) are in primary schools and three (1 girl and 2 boys) are in nursery school.
At our Outreach program children receive services including access to residential care, trust building sessions, interviews, home visits, follow ups, street and community based health care and education, sponsorship in education costs, the addressing of factors for children’s migration to streets and referrals to other service providers within Kilimanjaro region. In this program a total number of;
- 38 children (both orphans and street children) were identified on the streets in Moshi town and in the communities of Uru and Kibosho.
- 38 comprehensive interviews were done with these children.
- 38 home visits were done to the communities of origin of these children.
* Registration number: 07NGO/1812
To create a world where all children have equal opportunities regardless of their background.
To provide a place for safety where orphans and street children are provided with basic necessities that all children deserve and education opportunities so that they can become happy and self-reliant members of society.
- We believe that orphans and street children will be the lost generation if something is not done to help them now. If they are not given their rights they won’t get the skills to support themselves as adults and will become criminals purely as a means of survival.
- We believe that all children have rights! They have right to clean water, food, healthcare, a roof over their head and clothing to wear.
- We believe that when children fail to develop their capabilities it is a loss to their community, the nation and the world as a whole.
- We believe that it is our responsibility to help orphans and street children to become healthy, well-adjusted adults. Only by working with them, their families, communities, other organizations and the government authorities can we address the root causes behind their issues.
- We believe that by committing ourselves to help orphans and street children we are giving them a sense of belonging in the world.
- To equip orphans and street children with life skills and vocational training for self-reliance.
- To provide protection and development services to orphans and street children in Kilimanjaro region through the residential care centre and education program at Kili Centre, community based mechanisms that address child vulnerability and referrals to other service providers within Kilimanjaro region.
- To educate the community about the causes and needs of orphans and street children.
- To Network with other like-minded organisations and individuals to exchange ideas, experiences and techniques so that together we can build a stronger and more caring community.