Our children are at the heart of what we do. Our home is for them and to give them the life that all children deserve. With 17 kids living together, the home is always busy and full of laughter. They have a strong sense of family and we know that even when they move out, this will always be the place they call home. We are so proud of our children and we welcome any support that you can give us to help them grow up to be happy, fulfilled and successful adults.
All of our children go to Private Schools where they learn English and we can ensure they get the best education to prepare them for adulthood. Unfortunately government schools are overcrowded, underfunded and understaff so paying for private school is the best way to ensure the children will get a quality education. We make sure they go to the best schools in Arusha with a wide range of subjects and opportunities. They speak both English and Swahili at home. We also intend to support the kids when they complete their Secondary Education. So far we have supported one of students in a hospitality course and she went on to get a job at a hotel. Currently we have one student studying a certificate in Community Health.
We plan to care for 20 kids so that we can offer as many children as possible the chance at a great life, while still maintaining a close knit family unit. We have a range of goals for The Ujamaa Children's Home, but are prepared to take each step at a time to ensure that our progress is sustainable in the long term. Our children are a life long commitment and we intend to provide the best possible care to all the children we take in until they are able to properly care for themselves.
All of our children are orphaned either through the death of their parent/s or by abandonment or they are vulnerable due to abuse or neglect. We focus on children who have no option for reunification. Some have relatives who visit but are unable to care for them.
We could not do anything without the incredibly dedicated staff who care for our children every single day. Our House Manager Fatuma is kind, generous and works hard to make sure the home runs smoothly. She manages expenses, the staff and all the general needs for the home. She is also a single mother of two gorgeous little boys! Deborah is our Matron, she manages all the kids schedules and staff needs. Keeping track of what 17 kids need for school and at home is quite a task. Deborah is a superstar! We have Agnes, Felista, Lucy, Mwanahamisi, Sarafina and Mai who work on rotation throughout the week to support with cooking, cleaning, playtime and chid care and we always have 2 staff who stay overnight with the kids. They have all worked with children for many years (most of them are also mothers!) and do a wonderful job of keeping our house clean and organised. They assist in any way they can and enjoy spending time with the kids playing, helping with their school work and guiding them. Tatu, our Social Worker, is there to give advice and support to both the children and our staff. We also have our bus driver, Emmanuel, who gets the kids to and from school and helps Fatuma & Deborah with shopping, paying bills and anything else they need to do around town. Our Groundskeeper Rashidi keeps our home looking great. Karah is our greatest assest and has over 15 years experience as a Manager, Teacher and Social Worker - as well as being a mother of 3! Karah oversees all the financial, educational and emotional support for the home as well as staff training. What a team!
Watch "My African Home" (2013)
This Award Winning Short Documentary about Ujamaa Children's Home was Written and Directed by Carley Mchome. Filmed in 2013 it provides insight into the establishment of our home and where our kids come from.