A good samaritan donated a wheelchair to Orphans Foundation Fund and it was then given to this needy man. The donor now wants to give to more people, so we are looking for more with disabilities to help.
This video was made awhile ago and gives a brief overview of the mission of Orphans Foundation Fund and projects we engage ourselves with here in Tanzania.
Some updates to note are the water found at Kikatiti turned out to be seasonal, so we are again looking for either a constant potable source or to purchase another plot of land for the project. The rehabilitation of the old USAID water system is now our hope for Lengast village, but it will be costly to repair and maintain. There are so many needs here in Tanzania, so if you can donate to help these people you would literally be saving lives! If you are in the US or Canada please contact Dr. James Lace, or if you are in Tanzania contact Gosberth Baitwa.
Gladness Kisanga, who is a member of the Orphans Foundation Fund Advisory Board and coordinator of the Maasai women’s group in Lengast, left for an official visit to the United States of America. Dr James Lace and Oregon State Senator Jackie Winters organized the trip to promote our work here in Tanzania. Please visit the link below for more updates about Gladness’s mission to help those in Tanzania. Click HERE to read more!
Orphans Foundation Fund has just purchased some land for Bibi Asha, thanks to a generous donation from Jessica Bukrat. Bibi Asha has been helped through our Grandmother Livelihood project, and desperately needed a place so that she’d have a home for the children she cares for. We would like to build her and the children a small home, so if you’d like to help please donate through the link on the right.
Orphans Foundation Fund has successfully completed the first year of the O.F.F. / CORDAID Street Children Project. The street children were surveyed, selected, oriented to the program, giving a new home, educated, trained in vocational skills, and at the end of 2009 they graduated and had hope for the future with their placement in full time work. Here is the report for the first year of this project which was sent to CORAID. CORDAID Annual Narrative Report and the CORDAID Annual Financial Report 2009
Have you ever had a cavity? Then you know the tremendous relief felt after getting it taken care of by a skilled dentist. Orphans Foundation Fund has given a costly drill to the dental department of the Mt. Meru Hospital here in Arusha Tanzania. Now more people can come to receive the relief of dental care. Whether the gift is great or small we try to make steps towards empowering the community and helping those in need. How about donating this Christmas to Orphans Foundation Fund to make a difference in the lives of those in need here in Tanzania?
In a grand celebration this past Thursday all of the former street children graduated from their vocational training. Can you image the hope in their hearts after leaving life on the streets, drugs, prostitution, and stealing and now having a real future ahead? You haven’t ever seen such smiles on the faces of young men and women as we did on that day. The students in the Orphans Foundation Fund / Chiswea street children project funded by CORDAID studied the vocational trades of Tailoring, Cooking, Automotive Mechanics, Auto body, Electrical installation, and Art. True progressiveness is empowering people with life skills and encouraging them so that they may go out and build lives for themselves.
The drought is hitting Tanzania hard now and the people in Lengast Village are suffering. The main pump died the day after the USAID taskforce and staff from Orphans Foundation Fund came to see how the water system could be improved. Over 2000 cattle have died as well as donkeys, goats, and sheep. The people have to walk over 5 miles to get water, which is only enough for themselves and leaves nothing for their livestock or gardens. The situation is very serious and the people are desperate for water and food. Although these are trying economic times for all, please consider making a donation to help those in Lengast Village.
The Orphans Foundation Fund and Chiswea staff from the CORDAID street children project met today with the extended family of Tito. His grandmother and uncle were found and now he has been reunited with them. Recently Tito’s health has been failing because he has AIDS. He is now on AVR drugs that help improve his condition, but he will need special care from now on. His mother, father, and two brothers have all died of AIDS, so Tito ended up on the street. After joining the Orphans Foundation Fund/Chiswea street children project it changed his life, but some choices can’t be left behind. As a society and community it is our responsibility to especially encourage and support our youth to make wise choices so that their future is bright.
Several years ago USAID installed a water system for Lengast Masai Village, although it has been helping the people, the system now isn’t producing enough water for the community. A combined task force was formed to address the problems, lead by Lt. Col James B Williams of the United States Air Force. Orphans Foundation Fund along with the members of the task force and community leaders went to the bore hole, water tanks, pipelines and distribution points in and around Lengast to see how the system may be improved to yield more water to sustain the village. The continued support of donors and development groups is much appreciated by Lengast Village.