Who We Help
Hope Village Orphanage
In general, PTA chooses one project on which to focus its resources, while assisting other local projects with advice and linking them with suitable volunteers and possible sources of funding.
Currently we have chosen to use most of our resources to support a small orphanage called Hope Village. Hope was founded in February 2011 by a young Tanzanian woman, Ceccyliah Fadhili, who has always felt that it was her calling in life to help children in need. She saved as much money as she could throughout her teenage years and early adult life and in early 2011 began to look for children in need of her help.
At this stage Hope Village is only small, with five children aged 5-8 years old. It is not a typical orpahanage and Ceccyliah treats these children very much as if they are her own. As a result Hope has become the loving family home these children so desperately needed.
As a single woman Ceccyliah has been doing her best; however looking after the children is obviously a huge financial struggle. Since the very beginning we have provided volunteers to support Ceccyliah and have continuously been impressed by her commitment, her love for the children and her passion for doing what she believes in. As a result in early September 2012 PTA has agreed to help Ceccyliah by providing some financial assistance.
Our initial goals were....
In the first four months we achieved many of these goals. The children all have sponsors to support them through their entire primary education, the salary and rent have been paid, the food budget has been increased and a guard has been employed. A small chicken coup was built by some of our volunteers and this will be used to house the chicks. A second, larger coup, is currently under construction. This is all down to the help and support of our donors, fundraisers and volunteers.
Corner Stone Children's Centre
Those of you who have been following PTA for some time will know about our involvement with the Corner Stone Children's Centre.
In 2006 Path to Africa identified an orphanage in the village of Mvuleni which was in need of assistance, and during the course of 16 months fundraised roughly USD$32,000 which was used mainly in construction at the centre. During this time PTA became aware of the acute poverty in the village and lack of access to basic needs of many of the local people, including food, safe drinking water, education and health care. When the work with this orphanage drew to a close, PTA looked into the possibilities of linking with a well established local organization to continue working in Mvuleni village. It was at this time that PTA was introduced to the work of local community based organization, Tanzania Children’s Concern.
Tanzania Children’s Concern (TCC) is a local organisation originally based in the Pasua region of Moshi. Registered in 2005, the aim of this organisation is to help vulnerable children from the local community. The organisation obtained their own funding and built an English medium primary school, currently with approximately 160 students. The students attending the school greatly varies and while some students pay the regular fees to attend the school, approximately 30% of the students are not in a position to pay. Many of these 30% were surveyed and assessed by Path To Africa and considered to be most in need of assistance. These students have been provided with free placements which includes their schooling, lunch daily, uniforms and books.
At the end of the first year of the school being open (end of 2011), the school finished number 1 in the Kilimanjaro region and number 4 in the country, for academic results. For these children, there is hope that they will obtain a brilliant education level and therefore in future years, pull their families out of poverty.
Impressed with the hard work shown by TCC, Path to Africa agreed to work with them to help reach their goal, and so agreed to help build the Corner Stone Children’s Centre. This centre is located on the same land as the school and will provide housing to some of the children that are most in need, eg orphaned or from families who can not afford to look after them. The aim is to keep children within the community and so only those in dire need will be accommodated at the centre, while others that can be supported by families will be offered a free placement at the school.
Since beginning construction on this project in October 2009 PTA have given significant financial support. This support has been used to complete major phases of the building work, including...
While construction has been going on, volunteers with PTA have been working with the school, carrying out English, Maths and sports lessons. On the building site they have built a chicken coup, a vegetable garden and assisted with purchasing construction materials. In the community, volunteers have been organizing awareness seminars (including HIV/AIDS, water related diseases, malnutrition etc), soccer coaching and women’s support groups.
We even had one group of volunteers build a house for a young 14 year old girl who has been orphaned and living by herself, in unimaginable circumstances.
In July of 2012 a large donor approached us and the project co-ordinators at TCC offering to complete the Children's Centre. This was fantastic news as it was taking us a long time to raise the funds necessary to complete such a large project. One of the conditions of the sponsorship was that they would oversee everything until completion. This meant that there was no longer a need for our involvement. There are two advantages to this outcome; the centre will now be completed far earlier than was possible for us and we are now able to use our funds to support more small scale local projects such as Hope Village once again.