Below are the narrative and financial reports about the Orphans Foundation Fund Street Children project funded by CORDAID.
The Orphans Foundation Fund computers classes are now in full session! All of the kids in the Street Children project are the first to benefit from the computers and instruction of the new teacher at Orphans Foundation Fund. Soon we will open up classes to the general public to be both an educational service to the community and bring in much needed funds to continue the work of helping orphans and vulnerable children in Tanzania. Many thanks to Dr. James Lace, Senator Jackie Winters, and the many others who contributed to make this school possible.
This year we will be doing something new on the Orphans Foundation Fund website, video news updates! This past Monday, January 31st we had the graduation for the students enrolled in the 2nd year of the Orphans Foundation Fund / Chiswea Street Children Project. Please watch the video below.
We have completed the surveying and recruitment of street children for the 2nd year of the Orphans Foundation Fund / CORDAID Street Children Project. Word must have gotten around because throngs of young men and women volunteered to participate, and the ones chosen are filled with zeal! Today each young person started their vocational training course. Thirty-one joined the cooking and hotel services course, 16 are studying automotive mechanics, 2 had a spark for welding, and 1 is in the tailoring program.
Today we had a grand ceremony for the 2009 graduates of the Orphans Foundation Fund Street Children Project funded by CORDAID. The Arusha Regional Commissioner, Isidori Leka Shirima, was there to hand out the tools to those who had studied Automotive mechanics as well as the sewing machines to the graduates of the the tailoring course.
With the successful completion of the first year of the Orphans Foundation Fund / CORDAID Street Children Project we have set out with the new recruitment for this year. After the long and careful process of meeting with the children on the streets and doing interviews, we have narrowed down those who are interested in participating in the life changing program. Today we met with a large group to discuss the first stage of moving into the dormitories at Chiswea this coming week. The street children are hopeful and eager to begin the work of transforming their lives into mature responsible adults. The talk has reached the streets that Orphans Foundation Fund / CORDAID have a program, that with effort, training, and hard work leads to a future of hope.
Our recent graduates of the Orphans Foundation Fund / CORAID Street Children Project have moved from simply being apprentices to appling their new skills in the workplace. They have realized that learning and hardwork applied to the free market, is like switching on a light to the world of a bright future! Happy Yohana is working as a cook at Charity Hotel, one of Arusha’s finest. And the sparks are flying from Prosper Valerian’s welding stick as he wields his weapon of economic empowerment as a contract welder.
The community development Department, donated to the Orphans Foundation Fund CORDAID street children program. The $343 is a donation to help those former street children who have completed the program and have graduated with vocational training in December of 2009. These funds will go to establish the young adults in housing and get a head start for the first few months in their new jobs.Municipal, through
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.