Gloryland School was set up in 2010 and provides education to 42 students aged from 3 to 7 years old.
The school, set up by teacher Asnath gives the children a grasp of english, mathematics, kiswahili, science and art to set them up for attending primary school.
Gloryland takes in children whether they can afford to pay school fees or not. For this reason and because the cost of fees is very low, the school has very little money to buy materials, equipment or to decorate the school.
Volunteers can go to Gloryland Monday - Friday 9am - 1pm and help with the following things:
- Teaching English, Maths, Science, Health and Arts
- Coordinating play and sports activities
- Helping with cooking, feeding and cleaning
- Assisting with small building/refurbishing projects
Fundraising is needed to help with supply the following things to the school
- Craft supplies
- Sports equipment
- Uniforms for some students
- Educationonal posters to decorate the walls
- We are currently raising money to build a fence at the front of the school. There is a busy road outside and for safety a fence is needed
- We would like to create a food program so that the kids can receive 2 full meals a day
- The school is renting the current property, but it has its own land which we would like to raise money to start builing a permanent school on
Meru View Day School was created by Baba Juma in a village called Tengeru just outside Arusha. Baba Juma saw the need for change with the accumulation of children who didn't attend the school and would spend their days unattended and bored.
The idea was to create a school where these children could gain a chance for a better future.This idea was met with support from his friends, family, and community and the result of this is a lovely three room school house where children ages three to seven year olds can come and begin their learning experience. All of the lessons and most of the instructions are taught in English. This English based curriculum was a courageous move by Baba Juma because traditionally in Tanzania English is not introduced until secondary school. Introducing these children to English earlier in their learning careers allows them a better chance to excel rather than fall behind as they progress in their education level.
Volunteers can go to Meru View Monday to Friday 9am - 1pm to help with the following things:
- Teaching English, Maths, Arts and Personal Development
- Coordinating play activities that help them to learn key skills
- Establishing creative arts programs
- Help with lunchtime feeding and cleaning
There are regular building/construction opportunities as well.
In the future we would also like to run village education programs and other health programs with the kids at the school.
Volunteers spend a great deal of time teaching the children and helping those who need extra attention. They have also created sports days and competitions with other local children in the community.
Along with the work they are doing in the classroom, volunteers have recently done a range of renovations at the project thanks to generous donations. The volunteers have:
- Knocked down the old kitchen and rebuilt a new, properly functioning kitchen to provide good quality and healthy meals for the kids
- Cleaned and painted the playground
- Cleaned, tiled and painted the toilets to make them sanitary and usable
- Cleaned and painted parts of the existing classrooms
- Built and painted a fence around the playground
- Built a chicken and goat pen
- Bought 2 milking goats
- Created a food program so the children now get porridge when they arrive at school and lunch before they go home. This may be the only food the kids eat all day
We have recently (October 2012) aquired a new property for the school that needs a lot of renovation. It is double the size of the previous school which is great for the students and allows the classes to fit the correct number of students and space for the staff to do their reporting effectively.
Volunteers are in the process of clearing land, building a playground, renedering buildings, painting buildings, re-building toilets and building a small kitchen. Fund and help are needed to complete this project
Kimonduli Lutheran Primary School
A great option for those who want to work with slightly older kids in a more structured environment. They are in need of good Maths and English teachers. You don't have to be a professional teacher, just be willing to get in there and give it a go!
Our volunteer coordinator can take you to the project or you can contact them directly to organise your volunteering.
Head Teacher: Madam Liz +255 756 261 081
Pipi House is safe home for girls aged 9 -24yrs who are not attending school. There are many reasons why these girls are unable to attend school which all relate back to severe poverty. Many of the girls were orphaned or abused and some were forced into prostitution or slave labour. There are currently 10 girls living at the home.
When they arrive at Pipi House the Director attempts to secure funding for them to attend school. They are given extra help and support as many of the girls find the transition into 'normal' school life very difficult due to their past experiences and they need help to meet the standards of other students.
Volunteers are needed for:
- Teaching English
- Private tutoring
- Planning and coordinating fun and socially beneficial activites for the girl
- Basic Maths, Arts and Crafts classes
- Play games
- Cooking Classes
- Reading and comprehension
- Basic computer skills
- Helping the girls learn to touch type
- Health Education
Volunteers need to be sensitive and patient with the girls as they have endured horrific circumstances in their lives. Recently money has been raised to buy new bedding and sheets for the centre and ultimately they would like to expland so they can take in more girls.
They have a small shop where they sell goods to help support the organisation but they certainly need more support.
The St Dymphna Special Needs Centre is a learning centre for children and young adults with special needs, ranging from Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, dyslexia, slow development and intellectual impairments. The ages range from 3 years to 22 years. Established in 2002 by Mary Kaswende, St Dymphna sits under the shadow of Mt. Meru in the peaceful yet accessible area of Kwa Iddi. Recent studies show that only 8% of children with special needs have access to education, but the most shocking fact is that the majority of these children are being subjected to abuse, abandonment, and increasingly death at the hands of their own parents or communities. For all its beauty Tanzania still suffers from a devastating shortage of people who understand or are prepared to care for these children.
St Dymphna Special School, Arusha, is one of the few places which truly appreciate the potential of these children, and their rights to a better quality of life. They work hard to provide an environment in which these children feel safe and loved. They offer education and help them to learn the skills for self-care and self-employment. They work with families to provide support and promote understanding.
The school never stops striving to:
Raise public awareness of the care and education available to people with Special Needs
Promote a culture of acceptance and social responsibility towards people with Special Needs
Encourage the integration of people with Special Needs in the community through awareness, acceptance, education and employment
Enable people with Special Needs to function independently within their communities
Assist children and families through the needs assessment and identification in order to create and implement an educational plan
Provide and foster and atmosphere that will lead to confidence and independence in mobility, self care and employment
About the Project Director: Mary Kaswende has worked for many years a primary school teacher and teacher trainer in the field of Special Education. She was inspired to open the school after recognising the need not only to appreciate and develop the potential of children with special educational needs, but also to raise awareness of this potential in the local community. Mary specialises in intellectual impairment and autism in Tanzania and Kenya.
Volunteers can go to St Dymphna's Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm to help with the following things:
- Teaching disabled or intellectually impaired children ranging from 3-22yrs
- General painting and cleaning around the centre
- Construction work
- Teaching vocational training skills to the older students such as tailoring, jewellery making, batiks and computer skills
- Organising sports activities
- Assisting with home visits
Volunteers from Ujamaa Hostel have been involved in construction works at the centre, painting and plastering and putting doors and windows into classrooms as well as improving the playground area for the children.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
The Dymphna Special Needs Centre is currently trying to raise funds for the following:
- Water catchment system including guttering and large poly tanks
- Improving the playground area
- Improved teaching resources for the centre
- Completing the current building projects including the second storey workshop seminar hall and head mistresses office and 3 storage rooms
- To finish the building of the toilet facilities
- A new larger car to pick up the children to bring them to school each day
Neema House was founded in June 2012 by Michael & Dorris Fortison and Claire Upshall with the purpose of caring for orphaned, abandoned and at risk babies up to the age of 5 years. They are a Tanzanian NGO and project of Doulos International, a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation in the U.S.
Neema House is "more than an orphanage" in several ways:
- Their first goal is to provide for babies at the most vulnerable time in their lives
- Their second goal is when babies are old enough and strong enough, they seek to reunite the babies with family members. When this is not possible they seek for them to be adopted or placed with a suitable organisation
With a staff of nannies, they provide round the clock care for the babies which includes food, clothing, housing, medical treatment, recreation and education. The extended staff includes a manager, housekeeper/cook, grounds keeper, driver and security personnel.
Neema House also provides assisted home living in some circumstances by the provision of infant formula, food, clothing, training and supervision. They also seek to empower women through education, training and micro-finance loans. They have partnered with Aubree Packard whose "Walk in Love" outreach program addresses this.
Volunteers can go to Neema House 7 days a week from 8am - 5pm to help with the following things:
- Play with the children
- Help feed the children
- Provide one on one attention and care to the children
- General administrative duties
- Organising sports activities
Neema House is a new organisation and they are still taking in more kids. They are in need of a lot of support and supplies, so any donations would be greatly appreciated.
Ujamaa Hostel is very excited to have opened our own project! We have 5 amazing children, however our goal is have at least 12 children to expand further in the future.
Ujamaa Children's Home provides long term care for orphaned children in Arusha, Tanzania. Our goal is to raise these beautiful children in a safe and loving family environment and to give them the best possible opportunities for their future. These children are not just another number or any other child in an orphanage, these children are the future of Tanzania and we believe that after enduring the hardships of being orphaned they deserve the very best home and a chance live happy and fulfilled lives as adults.
We will see them through their Primary and Secondary Education and then help them with further study and support them as they make their way out into the world as adults. A family doesn't stop supporting a child just because they turn 16 and neither will we! This home is a long term commitment and we are excited and dedicated to see these children grow into the exceptional adults we know they have the potential to become.Like any family, we will stand by each other through life!
The Ujamaa Children's Home runs on the support of Sponsors and Donors as well as with the help of Volunteers. We are different from other organisations because we have absolutely no administrative costs.Our Directors and Board Members all work for the home on a volunteer basis and therefore we can guarantee that every cent donated goes directly to the home. The only paid staff we have are the Tanzanians who work at the home on a daily basis, all other funds go to support the children.
Volunteers can go to Ujamaa Children's Home Monday to Friday 2.30pm - 5.30pm and Saturdays 10am - 4pm to help with the following things:
- Basic English, Maths, Arts and Crafts classes
- Play games
- Cooking Classes
- Reading and comprehension
- Helping the kids with their school work
- Basic computer skills
- Helping the children learn to touch type
- Health Education
Even though there are only 5 children at the centre - they LOVE having volunteers come to visit them. It's a fun and safe place where you can make a strong connection with a small number of kids and stay in contact with them throughout their lives!
Needs for the Home:
Ujamaa Children's Home is raising money to get all the basic needs of the kids covered and to pay for school fees.
We are currently renting a house for the kids to live in but our aim is to buy land and build a home. We need to raise a large sum of money to do this and any help would be greatly appreciated!
There are more details about the needs for the centre on our "Links & Wishlists" page.
We do not directly manage Medical Placements, however we have had many medical practitioners staying at the hostel during their placements.
If you are interested in Medical Volunteering we recommend you contact the following people:
Dr Kway at St Elizabeth's Hospital: email@example.com
Dr Patalia at the Shree Hindu Union Charitable Health Centre: firstname.lastname@example.org
Legal Aid Placements
Volunteers who have stayed at the hostel have recommended doing legal aid work at Awlahuric. They don't have a website of their own, but this website has details about the project: http://www.kabissa.org/directory/awlahuric
If you are interested in this project you should contact Martha Lyimo: email@example.com
Ujamaa Hostel is always adding new projects...
so if can't find what you're looking for here, send us an email and we'll do our best to find the right project for you!
Ujamaa Hostel also supports the following projects:
Umoja is a centre of learning and thinking for the impoverished youth of Arusha. Their Outplacement Program supports 105 young people in Arusha to enter meaningful careers of their choice through vocational training or secondary education. They also offer training and workshops to the broader Arusha youth, including health and welfare, careers guidance, self-development, IT, CV writing and job skills. Umoja youth are engaged in international events, such as 'World Aids Day' and 'International Women's Day'. Finally, Umoja offers basic information to youth on topics such as health, sex, rights, counselling, education and personal finances, as well as general access to library and computer facilities.
Through education and training, they aim to empower young people to create change in their lives and the wider community. Their programs give young people the opportunity to find meaningful employment, to learn key life skills, and to think independently and creatively. Through this, they hope to help this vulnerable group of people to avoid a life of poverty, crime or disease.
Why Umoja is needed:
In Arusha, youth unemployment is extremely high, while education and skill levels are very low, particularly among the many rural people who move to the city in search of jobs in tourism and mining. Companies in these industries are often foreign owned, and prefer to hire the wealthier, more educated Tanzanians, or foreigners. Unemployment and lack of education lead to poverty and an increase in crime. Lack of education is also often coupled with a lack of awareness in issues such as HIV/Aids.
Young people in Arusha frequently lack the funding, opportunities and knowledge to change their lives for the better. Many children leave school either before reaching Secondary School or in the first few years due to lack of support, facilities for studying and constraints at home.
If you have a skill which can you contribute, Umoja warmly welcomes enthusiastic volunteers. The area of sponsorship is particularly vital, and they would welcome any assistance in sponsorship system and database management. Other very useful skills include:
- Counselling and nursing
- Marketing, business and accounts
Umoja is currently looking to fill the following positions. They are longer term and require a solid committment from applicants.
1) Volunteer Sponsorship Coordinator
To assist a local staff member in the management of the Sponsorship Programme.
Umoja's Sponsorship Programme is vital to the running of the project as it contributes nearly half of their total revenue. They need someone to work alongside their local staff to assist in the adminstration. This includes updating a database, managing communication between students and sponsors and management and tracking of funds. You will be training local staff so that eventually they are able to do the job alone. This can be a part-time position and hours are flexible.
Strong IT Skills (Word, Access, Outlook)
Excellent communication, particularily written English
Good organisational skills
You will also need to be patient and good humoured!
2) Administration / Training
Umoja always needs assisstance with office adminsitration. If you like working with a small and friendly team in an office environment then please contact Umoja for more details about current positions.
Student files - Creation adn organisation
Marketing - updateing of website and other marketing materials
3) Teacher / Trainer
If you have experience in teaching or training then you could assist Umoja in planning and delivering workshops to their students.
Things to bring:
Umoja greatly appreciates any contribution from volunteers and those staying at Ujamaa Hostel. Items which are particularly necessary include:
- School back packs
- Mobile phones
- Clothes suitable for youths aged 15 to 25
- General school supplies
You can also contact them to find out what Umoja needs most at a particular time.
If you would like to contribute financially, Umoja is currently making a special appeal for sponsors for students involved in our Outplacement Program. They aim to assign two sponsors for each of their bright young stars. Sponsorship ensures each Umoja student receives free education, food and welfare needs (including medical support.)
The sponsorship rates are $35 AUD / USD, £18 per month. Give up a couple of lunches or a night out for them! You could always share sponsorship with a family member or friend. If you are interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Organising a fundraising event is a fantastic way to contribute to Umoja, as they use money raised to meet the shortfall from student sponsorship. Fundraising ideas include hosting an event or sale, a raffle or auction, morning tea or dinner, tournament or facilitating company giving. Your fundraising activities must be approved by Umoja before you start so that they can satisfy government regulations regarding fundraising and ensure that all money raised is going to Umoja. If you have ideas and want to get involved, please email them: email@example.com