Thursday, February 4, 2016

Projects Overland,Volunteer in Orphanages in Arusha or Moshi

Volunteer Opportunity description

In Arusha you can support the following orphanages:

Neema House

Neema House is a rescue center for
abandoned and orphaned babies, reuniting children with extended families and giving them the chance to be adopted. It started in June 2012 with a focus of babies up to three years old. Now they care for about 30 babies. Volunteers in Neema House play with the kids, change diapers, cook, clean and anything else which has to be done for the good of the babies. NB: Because Neema House is receiving their own volunteers as well, we cannot always guarantee you a position in this placement.

Samaritan Village Orphanage

The Samaritan Village Orphanage was registered in 1994, but started receiving children in 1996. The centre is located in Moshono, Arusha, occupying 3 acres with a capacity of 40 children and has 13 staff members. Samaritan Village receives funds both locally 40% and 60% from external donations. The Centre accepts only abandoned children less than one year with unknown parents. Children are received in collaboration with the department of Social Affairs and hospitals. The children are raised under Tanzanian family set ups, using the 3 acres in agricultural environment, where the children participate in several economic activities such as animal husbandry, poultry, gardening, fisheries and farming.

Tumaini For Africa Orphanage

Tumaini For Africa was established in 2007 and is currently serving 21 children from different parts of Arusha. These children involve both orphans and vulnerable children. The project unfortunately struggles hard to sufficiently accommodate the children in their basic needs. The orphanage also has a baby-room and a kindergarten, where some of the children receive education. Older kids go to a governmental school for which the orphanage pays the fees. On their 4,5 acres plot nearby the Njiro Road, there is also a vegetable garden and a small cow shed which both help providing food.

In Moshi you can support the following orphanages:

Maranatha Orphanage

The orphanage, started in 2009, is located in a village called Hai in Moshi district and its primary language is Swahili with English being taught as the second language. Currently there are 11 children, but the plan is to accommodate 24 children in future. Most of them are between three and seven years old. The Maranatha Nursery School is housed in a rented church building, but a new building is in process. The orphanage raises 100 chicken which are sold to local hotels for meat to pay the nursery school teacher. They also grow maize and other vegetables.

Upendo Orphanage

Upendo Orpahange is maintained by Catholic nuns in Moshi and occupies 28 workers and around 60 children under seven years old, mostly even under three years of age. Most of the kids are orphaned by both parents or abandoned by their mothers and might even have disabilities which need special care. The orphanage also maintains a nursery school and a farm which provides food. Volunteers play with the kids, change their clothes and feed them. It is also possible to teach in the nursery school. The working day in Upendo normally starts at 9 am until 1 pm when the kids are going to the nap. In the afternoon, when the kids are awake again, the work continues. Especially volunteers who are interested in the social field are welcome here.

How to apply

Apply online through the following form: or send an email to our volunteer coordinator for more information:

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