we are Anouk Wohlers and Emma Roosen and we are currently volunteering in Arusha,Tanzania.
We've been here for 6 weeks now and experienced a lot of stuff. We first started volunteering in an orphanage which was really nice,clean and the babies had a pretty good life considering their circumstances. But the weeks went by and we had the feeling that they really didn`t need our help and the nannies that were working there,weren't really nice.
A few days ago we went to another orphanage and to be honest,we expected pretty much the same as in the first orphanage. But how wrong we were. We arrived to a small house with three bedrooms with in total three "bunkbeds". The beds had mattresses without sheets and there were barely any blankets. Now you might think "well,it`s Afrika ,why would they need many blankets?!" But the reality is that temperatures at night hit around 10-12 degrees celsius and blankets are really needed.
There are 20 kids living in this small house. They share the three beds together and unfortunately they don`t even have any toys to play.
They have a backyard that belongs to the property but there are rocks all over and it gets quite dangerous to play like kids want to play. Everyday they get chapati (an unleavened flatbread made of whole wheat flour, mixed into dough with water, and is cooked on a flat skillet) for breakfast , rice and beans for lunch and spaghetti and beans for dinner. The lady who runs this place does not get any help from the government and if times get rough and she is not able to pay for the rent,they don't have any electricity for a whole month. The mama welcomed us warmheartedly and was absolutely grateful for our visit. She told us that there is not enough money to send the kids to school,so only the kids that get sponsored are lucky enough to go to school. They would also really need a washing machine because they wash all the clothes of the twenty kids with their hands. And since kids here get really dirty because of all the dust,they have to wash everyday with only cold water because it would take way too long to heat up all the water they need. This month was really hard;they first ran out of gas for the gas cooker , then they ran out of charcoal so now they have to cook with a few pieces of wood and trash like plastic or whatever they can find. For the smaller kids ,they use dirty clothes as diapers and the women use dirty clothes as sanitary pads when they are on their period.
The lady really wants the kids to go to school but for that they need to get sponsored. Sponsoring a child costs about 1.200.000TZS (452,437€) a year and with that, the child would get the transport to and from school, food there, a school uniform and the needed stationary. For the kids that might not get sponsored ,it would be possible to hire a teacher that comes to the orphanage. The teacher would come from Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
Here is a summary of the costs and needs :
-300.000 TZS (113,044€) for monthly rent
-300.000 TZS (113,044€) for monthly food
-229.000TZS (86,34€) for monthly electricity
-250.000TZS (94,235€) for a monthly teacher
-New mattresses ,sheets,pillows,blankets
The money donated will go straight to the orphanage via the two of us with no secondary party involved.
Everyone would be so grateful for any contribution no matter if big or small.
Thank you in advance and warm regards,
Anouk and Emma!￼￼￼￼
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