STORY OF OUR CHILDREN
There are 3 million orphans in Tanzania alone. Being an orphan not only means going through the trauma of losing one or both of your parents to diseases such as HIV/AIDS. They are likely to be much poorer, less healthy, less likely to go to school and therefore likely to spend their entire lives in extreme poverty. Our number one aim is to fight poverty by helping children living in very poor areas who often lack the basic necessities that every child deserves. Although Tanzania is showing gradual development, poverty is still a huge issue with 68% of the population living on under 85p a day. Much of the development that is taking place is concentrated in urban areas, leaving rural communities behind. Our orphanage is situated in Kilimanjaro, Moshi, which is undeveloped area of Tanzania where self sustainability is key but almost impossible due to the lack of resources to rural areas. This is why our work here is essential. Our orphanage is providing 24 children with shelter, care and regular nutritious meals, all of which is vital for any child’s development. The children will also be enrolled at an excellent local school giving them a chance at a brighter future. With the average male literacy rate currently at 75% and female at 60% within Tanzania, the access they will gain to education through our orphanage will ensure that they achieve excellent academic skills and qualifications which will enable them to get a good job, removing them from the poverty cycle.
Why are these children in the orphanage?
The children in the orphanage are there because their home life is not a suitable environment for a child to develop in. The child may have one parent, or no parents at all. Some parents have died either from HIV/AIDS or from other causes such as accidental death or other illnesses.
The orphanage is there to give the child shelter, food, care and education right up until they are ready to leave (probably around 16 years old). At home, some of these children would hardly get one meal a day, whilst having to work and take care of younger siblings, leading to malnutrition and stunted development. Putting the child in the orphanage, allows them to escape this way of life and enjoy a fulfilled childhood.
Thank you for helping us!
The children are so happy that you’ve built them a new home. Your kindness will be remembered forever!