The African Orphans Relief Project
Lasting Sustainable Care for Orphans & Vulnerable Children Throughout The Continent of Africa

Tanzania Project

AORP Fifty Bed Orphanage in Bunda Tanzania
The East African country of Tanzania spans nearly 365,000 square miles of some of the most beautiful landscapes the world has ever seen; from the sides of Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain on the Continent of Africa, across the "Endless Plains" of the Maasai Land Tribal Region called the Serengeti, to the shores of Lake Victoria, Tanzania speaks of the majestic people of Africa where little has changed culturally in the last 200 years. Technology abounds amidst tribal villages, where a Maasai tribal elder still guards the plain with spear in hand, in traditional Maasai dress where the bright red "shuka" wraps around the warrior's body, covering up his cell phone beneath.
     But scattered throughout the endless, breathtaking beauty of Tanzania, whether in the cities, town or amidst "the fires of a thousand villages", there are over 3 million orphans living in the bush, the streets, and alley ways with no home, no parents, no food and very little clothing. It is almost incomprehensible to fathom so many children without a home, without a parent or guardian, having very little food, and rags for clothing. They surround every village, and wander into the streets of every town and city throughout Tanzania, begging food, water and hoping for a lost or discarded garment to wear to replace the tattered and torn and worn out remnant that is often tied around their shoulders or waste to maintain some similitude of modesty in abject poverty stricken circumstances none of them can escape....without help!
    The number of orphans due to AIDS alone in Tanzania, in latest figures is 970,000. According to the NY Times in an article published June 24, 2009, more than 500,000 women each year die in child birth in Tanzania, leaving behind the same amount of newly orphaned children, year in and year out. The World Health Organization figures the maternal death rate in Tanzania at 950 per 100,000 compared to the lowest rates at 1 per 100,000 in other areas of the world. Estimated total number of orphans in Tanzania for 2008 was 2.6 million. The United States Government supported programs in Tanzania for fiscal year 2009, having supported only 370,954 orphans and vulnerable children. Howbeit, a total of nine of those orphan and vulnerable children delivery programs serving 75% of these 370,954 orphans will terminate on or before the end of fiscal year 2011. That will put 268,000 orphans and vulnerable children back without food, shelter, clothing, medical care or love, before the end of this year.
     As of February 2010, there were only 52 orphanages in Tanzania, caring for less than 3,000 orphans, with 17 of those scheduled to close by the end of 2011. That is less than  one tenth of one percent of the published total orphans throughout Tanzania being provided shelter, food and clothing. The US Government and the Government of Tanzania are acutely in agreement that a country of 34 million people, 90% of whom live in abject poverty with 48% below the poverty level; a country whose  national average annual income is $400US, cannot possibly provide sustained institutional care facilities for 3 million orphans. Without exception, every charitable agency even slightly attempting to help agree, that long term care of orphans and vulnerable children must rest with the local communities. However, absent is a strategic plan to create long term, sustainable community based support within an impoverished economy, realizing that without such a plan, orphan care is destined to fail. Years of experience working with orphans and vulnerable children within Africa continuously highlights the obvious conclusion of even the best of efforts and programs, that without assistance in creating a community based, self sustainable orphan project, the creation of which is solely and uniquely structured to be the sole provider of Orphan and Vulnerable Children funding in that local area, even the greatest and most sincere aid programs will fail when the outside funding is stopped. 

The African Orphans Relief Project
Has Such a Plan!

In 2010 the AORP submitted its strategic Sustainability Plan for building, maintaining and funding its orphanages in Tanzania to USAID for review. That review pertained to the sustainability of the project development plan as drawn up by the AORP Design and Development group led by Chief Project Engineer George Calvas from Dearborn, Michigan. In response to that review, USAID's Acquisition Specialist Samuel Kiranga wrote that the overwhelming "strength" of the plan was the "long term sustainability of services through the establishment of Community Based Construction Services Enterprises". And just as explained above concerning the tragic deficiency in all International funding responses to the overwhelming plight of orphans and vulnerable children in Africa, USAID wrote further that "primary focus on construction of orphanages and residential care facilities [for orphans] and operation of regional plants IS NOT in the United States Government Interests."
     That AORP plan is founded upon the clear recognition that the long term financial funding cannot be based upon continued outside donations, for there is too much at stake in the children's lives to subject the orphans to the upheavals in the care, daily food and shelter caused when donations drop or cease. When Government grants end, philanthropy finds other interests, or charitable donations drop, the daily life and needs of millions of orphans goes on. "The strength" of the AORP plan referred to by USAID's Kiranga was the establishment of the Orphan's Brick Enterprise, that creates a Local Community Based enterprise solely designed to provide the three foremost things required to supply and maintain the long range necessities for adequate orphan care, namely:

  • Permanent Long Range Sustainable Funding.
  • Major construction materials for building the orphanages & residential foster care facilities.
  • Salaried positions for dedicated staffing personnel from the local communities who are personally committed and involved in the care of local orphans and vulnerable children as Foster Parents in the Residential Orphans & Vulnerable Children Homes.
  • Provides 100% profit based funding for additional orphanages and Residential Care Facilities.
     Within the AORP Project Tanzania Plan is the construction of the first fully self-sustainable Orphanage within the country of Tanzania, which is designed for the following.
  1. Provide a sheltered Home environment for up to 50 individual orphans from infants to 18 years of age. To donate furniture, desks, beds and funding for the orphanage contact AORPequip@africanorphansreliefproject.org. To help fund the construction of the Bunda Orphanage, please email us at info@africanorphansreliefproject.org to discuss opportunities.
  2. Exceptional Home based Christian Schooling in both English and Swahili exceeding the 7-4-2-3 System of the Tanzanian Education System, also providing gender specific vocational training.
  3. Vocational Training Shop Schools for boys and girls, that enable them to learn vocational skills needed once leaving the Orphanage; including woodworking, tailoring and sewing, home economics, health and nutritional cooking & food preparation, computer skills courses and agricultural sustainable farming.
  4. Orphanage complex will include a craft shop that allows older students to market their creative skills from the Vocational Schools, and will help them create a personal escrow account of the student's earnings, to provide them funds to assist them in establishing their own home or further their education once they leave the Orphanage on. To donate woodworking equipment and tools, or Sewing equipment and supplies contact AORPequip@africanorphansreliefproject.org. To help fund the construction of the AORP Bunda Orphanage, please email us at info@africanorphansreliefproject.org to discuss opportunities.
  5. Medical facility and nursing station to provide free medical care for both orphans at the Home, and vulnerable children in the community. The AORP is presently communicating with several interested medical product donor organizations for the supply of greatly needed medical equipment and supplies for the Bunda Orphanage Medical Facility. To Donate Medical Equipment, Supplies & Services for Bunda, contact AORPequip@africanorphansreliefproject.org. To help fund the installation of the Bunda Orphans Medical Facility, please email us at info@africanorphansreliefproject.org to discuss opportunities.
  6. The Orphanage has semi-private dorm rooms, with separate restroom and shower facilities.
  7. The AORP Bunda Project has partnered directly with the Anabaptists Churches of Tanzania, who will provide staffing and teachers for the orphanage facility. The Anabaptists Churches in Tanzania are building a 4 year Christian Bible College at Bunda that will provide the first and only Christian Bible College in western Tanzania. The Anabaptists College board has agreed to provide full scholarships to qualified students to the college to include room and board and a 4 year degree specializing in Christian Ministerial Care of Orphans and Vulnerable Children in exchange for their employment and work with the orphanage while attending the college.
  8. The Bunda Orphanage Complex includes a 32 acre site for the Orphans' Farm and Orphan's Brick Enterprise. The Tanzania Government has already authorized 32 acres of the most fertile farm land to be given to the AORP in the Mara District for the development and construction of the AORP Program Plan. The farm will utilize the best sustainable farming methods, including year round irrigation of the fields, rotation of crops, and scheduled planting calendars to increase productivity and year round harvesting. This alone will supply all the organic and nutritional dietary vegetables and grains for the orphans and staff and also produce additional marketable crops to be sold for additional long term sustainable funding of the Orphanage. The farm will also maintain selected livestock in beef and milk cows, goats, sheep and chickens to complete the healthy dietary requirements for the Orphanage. There will be an Agricultural Initiative for the vocational training of the older orphans, as well as the Agricultural Department of the Christian Bible College of Bunda, who have agreed to provide full and part time farming students to farm, plant and harvest the fields as part of their education and training in the Agricultural Sciences. To donate much needed farming equipment, tractors and implements for the Orphans' Farm and Orphan's Brick Yard, contact AORPequip@africanorphansreliefproject.org. To Donate to help fund the initial establishment of the Bunda Farm and Orphans Brick Yard, please email us at info@africanorphansreliefproject.org to discuss opportunities.
  9. Four Residential Foster Home Facilities, staffed by trained married couples involved in either the Orphanage, Farm and/or Orphan's Brick Enterprise System.
  10. The overall Bunda Project Development plans include underground cisterns for collecting and storing year long supplies of potable water, which according to the UN Habitat Appraisal Report for Bunda, is in need of vast improvement and educational training. These underground cisterns will be completely sealed against ground water penetrations, and have buildings and sidewalks located above them, where the abundant rain fall from the tile roofs will be collected and stored, to maintain sealed clean water supplies in addition to the AORP deep wells also planned for the Development.
  11. Within the site development plans for Bunda, the site will include three fish hatcheries, created from the excavations of the Orphans Brick Program, that will be maintained by strategically located deep wells, that will supply plenty of fresh organic fish to the daily nutritional menus for the AORP orphans. The soils excavated from the fish hatcheries, will be used in the manufacturing of block both for the AORP Complex, and for long term sustainable funding of the Orphanage.
  12. The AORP Site Development plans include the installation of a minimum of three deep water wells, with wind mill pumping towers at each location, for the continual supply of sanitary water for both the Orphan Complex, maintenance of livestock, the hatcheries, and for the year round irrigation of all crops grown on the 32 acres of the Bunda AORP Farm. 


The Bunda Orphanage Plan

The Tanzania Project in Bunda is moving forward with its Development Plans, with the Architectural Drawings being designed, while we await the closing and land deed of the 60 acre parcel, hopefully by the end of August 2011. The Tanzania Government had originally offered 40 acres to the AORP for the construction of the Bunda Project; but increased that plot size to 60 acres on July 1, 2001. The District Planning Officer is re-drawing the land map to include the additional 20 acres that the Bunda Commissioner felt was needed for the success of the AORP Project. Project Funding is under way, with prayers to God for donations from around the world, for both financing, construction materials, medical equipment and supplies and furnishings. $30,000 worth of kiln dried Douglas Fir timbers have been donated for the orphanage. Those timbers are in storage at the AORP facility in Hollsopple, Pennsylvania in preparation for shipping to Tanzania. For updates to the Project, visit our AORP Update page, and sign up for the AORP Monthly Journal.


The Tanzania Project
Needs Your Help!

If you would like to help, please email
us at info@africanorphansreliefproject.org
to discuss opportunities.


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