Children's Centers / Orphanages
Our opportunities in children’s centers are quite diverse depending on children’s age, the center’s greatest needs, and your desire for volunteering. There are many needs at the various centers such as: construction, assisting with operations, maintenance, teaching and playing with kids, loving and connecting with kids, and other family-type activities. We partner with the following 3 children's centers.
Some options for your children's center volunteering experience:
Nursery School Assistant: Helping with daily care, education and recreation of younger children.
Primary School Assistant: Working with the primary school children, helping with lessons, tuition and recreation.
Handyman/woman: Working at any location to decorate, repair, maintain and improve center infrastructure.
Social work assistant: Providing social care beyond the everyday needs of the children; building bridges with the local community.
Special education teacher: Evaluate children and train teachers to help students with learning disabilities.
Medical doctor of various types: Administer physical, dental, and eye exams and provide corrective eyewear to children who need it.
The Future Happiness Home was an abandoned house of 6 girls when Jesse and Dismas found it in mid 2015. Upon discovering this need KVF started supporting the girls at the Happiness Home. The Happiness Home takes in orphan/abandoned girls or those that have been abused to provide a nurturing home, education, medical care, and opportunity. The vision is to empower orphans and vulnerable children in order to transform them through love, education, and opportunity. Currently, a housekeeper and six bright young girls ages 13-18 are living in the home. The girls have been together there for ten years and all are in good schools. These girls were rescued from the street and risk of being sex trafficked or selling there own bodies for food from desperation on the street. This mission remains, to care for these at risk/orphaned girls from the street and provide a nurturing home filled with the love of God, excellent education, job projects (raising chickens, sewing, crafting, and entrepreneurship microloans.
According to UNICEF, about 71 percent of Tanzanian children live in absolute poverty. More than 73 percent have been physically abused. Lohada children have suffered the most extreme indigence…theirs are the worst-case scenarios. About a third have been orphaned or lost one parent, often to HIV/AIDS. Others have been abandoned to the streets by extended families unable to feed and care for them.
Through family rehabilitation, Lohada works with the parents and extended family, counseling them and providing support to help overcome the obstacles of poverty. Together they work to create a stable happy home to which children can return.
They have 3 children's centers that take in kids from 0-18 that have either been orphaned by parents abandoning them/dying or been abused. These kids receive accommodation for sleeping, eating, and learning both at the center and at local primary and secondary schools. Teaching and construction are immediate needs with a need for people to simply love and connect with them as well.
Camp Moses is a Children's Center in Arusha with 34 kids from 0-18 years of age with need for people to teach and simply love and connect with them.
Camp Joshua is a Children's Center near Arusha slum Unga Limited with 137 kids age 8-16 and another 100 that they cannot take in because of space and financial constraints. Camp Joshua has significant needs for help with sustainable food through farming, construction projects, and connection with the kids.
The goal of Samaritan Village is to reduce the number of abandoned children and help prevent the deaths of children in Tanzania by providing care for those whose parents have either died or abandoned them and who have no relatives responsible for their care. This is accomplished by providing physical, mental and spiritual care for orphaned children in a safe and stable Christian home environment where they are provided food, shelter, clothing, education and medical care. Children are brought to Samaritan Village as infants, some just a few weeks old. They are cared for with the hope of finding a family to adopt them. Those who are not adopted continue to live at the orphanage. There are over 30 children in the village age 0-17 who were dumped/abandoned at less than 6 months of age. Over 75 children have been adopted from Samaritan Village. Samaritan Village has significant needs for sustainable food through farming as well as connection with the kids.