Ujamaa Children’s Home isn’t just an orphanage; it’s a home. We raise our children in a family environment where they live together as brothers and sisters and this bond will remain for the rest of their lives. We provide the highest level of care and education and we do this by maintaining small numbers and a close-knit family.
We give our kids the chance to live happy and fulfilled lives as adults by providing Primary and Secondary Education as well as support with further study (university, trade school) based on what they want to do. We don’t stop supporting them just because they turn 18 years. This is a long-term commitment and we are excited to see our children grow into the exceptional adults we know they have the potential to become.
"Ujamaa" (pronounced oo-jah-maa) is a Swahili word that means extended family and is based on the individual working for the good of the whole community.
Founded in 2009 by Australian women, Carley Andrews and Lucy Bradlow, the idea was simple – to give children in need the love and support of a family and a place to call home. We started with 2 kids and we now have 16 with the intention of bringing up to 25 children into our family.
Through our work in Tanzania we have found that often children are taken into large, corrupt organisations where they are piled in together without proper care and sent out to fend for themselves at 16 years old – only to find themselves in trouble again. This leads to the development of further organisations; street kids programs, vocational training programs and youth initiatives to try to help these teens and young adults to support themselves in the world. So in the development of Ujamaa Children’s Home we ensure that our kids grow up in a safe and nurturing environment where they receive full education and ongoing support into adulthood.
What we do is about changing the cycle of poverty. These kids are the future of Tanzania and we can help them to create a future for their country; One child at a time. So far we have a girl who wants to be a Policewoman, a girl who wants to be a Lawyer and a boy who wants to be President of Tanzania. We know they can do it!
Ujamaa Children’s Home runs exclusively on the support of Sponsors and Donors worldwide. We have very low administrative costs and all Trustees volunteer their time and expertise to the organisation. The only paid staff are the hard working Tanzanians who are at the home on a daily basis. Therefore we guarantee that 92% of funds donated go directly to support the kids.
If you are interested in supporting the home or would like more information about what we do, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
WATCH "MY AFRICAN HOME" - story of Ujamaa Children's Home
This Award Winning Short Documentary about Ujamaa Children's Home was Written and Directed by Carley Andrews. Filmed in 2013 it provides insight into the establishment of our home and where our kids come from. Stay tuned for a follow-up film in 2017!