Well, if you were thinking about volunteering in Arusha, eagerly want to work with african children, then read on. This post is about Kibowa Orphanage, that is sponsored by Tanzanian tour operator who dedicated to help local community. what is more, if you search volunteering opportunities in Africa, you have probably already discovered that many of organizations charge ridiculous prices to potential volunteers!
I have been to this center, personally and can tell you from first hand that here children are on the first place. Within couple of years with dedicated support from tanzanian local operator this orphanage that counts 44 kids many hiv positive, have gained many goals with support of people who visited Tanzania either for holidays as well as some amazing volunteer help. Two years ago these kids had schooling in Tanzanian local school with no english language, today all of them with help of international sponsors are attending private ESSA school. Getting better educational grounds with opportunity to learn English from Early age is huge bonus for these kids. As much as it may be considered for granted in Western world, here education is still privilege and luxury for many Tanzanian children.
In addition to better education kids are arranged regular safe daily transport to school and back, providing daily meals, money for uniforms, shoes, clothes and with kind support that is always appreciated kids from now on can learn computer skills on donated laptop.
Though for you sitting in front of computer somewhere in a cozy place, this things may appear very simple.
In free time orphanage is accepting volunteers that want to help kids in free time after school, to help them with homework, practice english, teach them crafts or any thing that could help them to gain new skills.
By help of volunteers the orphanage has little garden where they produce crops, chickens, goats….
So if you are looking for fair volunteering, i can recommend Kibowa orphanage where your help will be more than welcome and what matters most – your help will go directly to benefits of children and orphanage! Not to mention sweet kids, full of life and eager to learn new things!