Our Mission
The vicious circle where poverty creates hopelessness and hopelessness creates poverty has got a new and awful dimension in Africa where millions of children will be left as orphans in a situation where neither the society nor the traditional family structure can bring them forward to an acceptable life.

The aim of the project, we will bring forward, is our aim to help children live a life of hope, where they can support themselves and hopefully support others.

It is easy to say and it is even easier to say, that we want to help as many children as possible.
Of course, if our resources were without limit, we could make something, which would satisfy even the most demanding ambitions.
However, we must face the realities and look for what can be done in order to help more than just a few and still provide more than “just survival”.

Family Care and Community Based Help has been and will be always be the backbone of help to children in the African society.
It should therefore be emphasized that Family Care and Community Based Help will always be the first option, if it is available and if it is good. The proposed project should not replace Family Care but only step in where Family Care and/or Community Based Help is not available, has been misused or is obviously not adequate.
Unfortunately there are many children from these categories. Much more than the proposed project can absorb. The growing number of street children is only the visible tip of the iceberg.
Under the waterline – almost hidden from view – you find more than 50,000 children who live in “child-headed” households, without support from adults, the 300,000 who live by worn out grandparents and the more than 10,000 who die every year from malnutrition and/or trivial deceases. – Lastly, they will at least get peace in their grave – even if they do not get a grave.

We have worked through many details and have got to something, which is more than a compromise. What we are proposing is both innovative and ambitious.
We have got acceptance and praise from all involved authorities.

Well over 100 people have participated in shaping the project, and informal contacts have been established with old and new friends, all wishing us success, and interested in providing advice and help.
Authorities:
Useful discussions and promises for all possible help has been obtained from Local Village Leader, the “Diwani” Ms. Ninyiro Ushianga and among others from the following officers in Tanga Region.

  • Capt. G. H. Mkuchika, former Regional Commissioner, Tanga Region.
  • Capt. Jaka Mwambi, Regional Commissioner, Tanga Region.
  • Ms. Evelyne Hija, Social Welfare Officer, Tanga Region.
  • Mr. Mussa Dengo, Land Officer, Tanga Region.

At the national level, help and encouragement has been obtained from:

  • Hon. H. Bakari Mwapachu, Member of Parliament for Tanga Rural and Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs.
  • Mr. Donald M. Charwe. Assistant Commissioner for Social Welfare.
  • Mr. Fulgence S. Ntiruhungwa, Ministry of Labour, Youth Development and Sports.
  • Mr. P.O. Mtei, President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government.
  • Non Formal Education (NFE). Previously: Complementary Basic Education in Tanzania (COBET) – A department under the Ministry of Education, dealing with alternative education for the approximately 50% of the children in Tanzania, who have lost their chance for formal education.
  • Mrs. Rustika Tembele, Coordinator, Tanzania Commission for AIDS.
  • Dr. Jonathan M. K. Lwehabura. The Mwalimu Nyerere Foundation.

Description Indications Assumptions
Principal Goals 1 Expansion of the project
Better childhood and better 2 Better quality of life and Alternative 1
future for orphans hope for the future for a Positive evaluation
in Tanzania large part of the Future support from
orphans in Tanzania donors
Immediate Goals 1 Better childhood and better 1 Better nutrition and Alternative 2
future for 100 orphans health Very positive evaluation
2 Establish a society where 2 Better education and Very good response from
these orphans can receive results of education donors
necessary support 3 More self-respect
3 Demonstrate how 4 Existing co-operation
co-operation and in family groups is 1 Children and staff work
self-reliance will create maintained together for the common
self-respect and economic 5 Active self-reliance goal
efficiency 2 No major negative
Results 1 100 children will get a good 1 Buildings, infrastructure discussions
start for their future life and agricultural
2 The value of the project can activities
be demonstrated 2 Few “drop outs” 1 Pioneer-spirit is established
3 Education within the project 3 The children have got and maintained
4 Support for extensions can useful knowledge 2 No larger negative discus-
be sought locally and Sources: Reports, tests, sions and/or complaints
internationally interviews and inspection about economic
Activities 1 Small scale ChildVillage is decisions and/or spartarian
established conditions of life
2 New family-groups are
established
3 Locally recruited adults 1 Motivated staff can be
(pensioners and widows) recruited
are activated 2 All staff understand that
4 Children getting self-respect even a moderate use of
and hope for their future luxury will destroy the
5 Education within the project children’s understanding of
Inputs 1 Necessary site for buildings self-reliance
and agricultural activities 3 Children applying for
2 Basic foodstuff participation are fully
3 Material for education aware that support from
4 Equipment for the project donors does not guarantee
5 Equipment for children and a life in luxury
staff 4 Support from local and
6 Staff (mainly pensioners and national authorities
widows from Tanzania)

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