As some of you might know I am currently volunteering at an orphanage in Tanzania for a month, before starting to work back home. I am helping out at Watoto Wa Africa ("Children of Africa") Orphanage in Mwanza.
The primary focus of Watoto Wa Africa is to care for orphaned and other vulnerable children in Buswelu Village in Mwanza and to provide these children with a chance of a future. Here the kids are provided with basic human rights like food, shelter and education. There are currently 108 orphans and street children living at the orphanage, being between 1 and 18 years old.
Over the years, the orphanage has grown and achieved a lot. They now have electricity, running water and a small library with school books for the kids to study with. Moreover most of the kids make it to secondary school (which is well beyond the Tanzanian average), and even a few to university. Still, the orphanage is really poor, isn't well connected to organizations and donors and struggles mightily to come up with the necessary funds for food, school (fees, uniforms, books), etc.
We are currently working on making the orphanage more self-sustaining, trying to implement a milling business at the orphanage and extend our vegetable garden. We have also initiated talks concerning a co-operation with local tour groups to bring visitors to the orphanage to raise awareness for Watoto Wa Africa.
Most of these initiatives need initial funding unfortunately, but are important steps to set the orphanage up for future independence. Also school fees for some of our children still need to be paid, including the ones for our currently only university student Winnie.
Friends, think about it and please consider a small contribution to help the kids at Watoto Wa Africa. A small donation already can make a big difference over here, especially concerning school fees, thus keeping the kids in school and setting them up for a promising future.
Please also share with your friends, family and everyone who might be interested in a good cause like this and might be willing to help! Thanks!
Needless to say that every single Cent of your donation is going directly to the orphanage and is used to 100% for the needs as described above.
I uploaded pictures, information material and a proposal for the outstanding school fees. Should you still have questions, please feel free to write me anytime!
Thanks so much guys, also in behalf of the lovely kids here at the orphanage! "Asante sana!"
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