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OFF Board Meeting

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On July 20th the Orphans Foundation Fund Tanzania Advisory board met with the administrative staff of O.F.F. as well as with the founder Dr. James Lace and with Senator Jackie Winters from the State of Oregon. We discussed financial oversight of ongoing projects, annual audits, the future sale of the Kikatiti plot of land, the Njiro plot, and engaging the advisory board members in more proactive ways. Thank you to all the participants for your advice and role in working with Orphans Foundation Fund for a better future for the children of this country.

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Completed Chicken Coop funded by Vodacom

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Here are a few shots of the fully completed Chicken Coop for Rafiki Child Care Center funded by the Vodacom Foundation. Orphans Foundation Fund is truly please with the quality and functionality of the structure and hope that it provides well for the child for many years to come. Asante Vodacom Foundation!

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Orphans Foundation Fund Video

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.

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Vocational University Plans

Orphans Foundation Fund has made conceptual architectural plans for the Vocational University for orphans and vulnerable children. What we want to build would distinguish itself by it’s name, design, educational training system, equipment, teachers, and international support so that youth may be trained in various trades  and make them to become self reliant. We want to make a model for all other VTCs in the country to look up to and follow. You can help make this dream possible, please contact us. Click on the below photos to see the larger photos.

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First of many harvests

Rafiki Farm

The Rafiki Farm is golden brown with this past season’s crop of Safflower Cartamo. The drought resistant plant yields over 70% oil which is used for cooking. It will be sold to partially cover operating expenses of Rafiki Child Care Home and also for reinvestment in next years crop. Since this year went so well, we are considering leasing additional acreage to even further boost the profits from this income generating activity. We are working towards sustainability, which is truly the ideal end goal for any organization or individual.

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New Rafiki Water Pump installed

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After months of use, the first Rafiki Child Care Home water pump unfortunately broke free from it’s mount and fell to the bottom of the well. Many attempts to retrieve it proved unsuccessful, so we opted to install a new pump in it’s place. The new water pump is in a secure concrete housing with a steel cover to keep people from tampering with it. Thanks to all the donors who made this dream a reality, twice over!

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Advisory Board Meeting at Kibo Palace

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The Orphans Foundation Fund Advisory Board met on November 18th to discuss the progress made thus far regarding advances in the accounting and banking procedures, human resource management, organization structure, current project results, future strategic planning, land development Kikatiti and Njiro properties, and water accessibility on the previously mentioned land. Thank you to the Board of Trustees in the US and those amongst the advisory board who participated with great ideas in last week’s meeting at Kibo Palace.

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Bike Donation to the Muslim Community Leaders

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On Oct 15th 2010 Orphans Foundation Fund, though generous donors, gave leaders some bicycles at the conclusion of the water project installation at the Islamic community center in Mererani in Tanzania. Water is life, and responsible leadership are foundations to positive progress. The community and Muslim leaders thank you for your gifts.

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Highlights of the Street Children Project

It is now 18months since the Orphans Foundation Fund / CORAID Street children project kicked off. The project has registered great great measurable and sustainable results. To date, nearly 100 former street young adults girls and boys have had their lives transformed into responsible citizens and they will never be the same again. This has not been our efforts but the combined efforts of responsible and compassionate people like you. Our big thanks to CORDAID, Dr. James Lace, and the rest of you for your support of this project.

Highlights of the OFF/CORDAID Street Children Project

Here are the project highlights in pictures so that you can see the difference this project has/is been to the lives of the former street children. Download it, it will take you a minute to capture all that has been happening. The other good news is that the former street children who graduated last year have all been absorbed in different workplaces in and around Arusha. We hope you will love the highlights. Thank you so much for being part of
Orphans Foundation Fund.