MWANDILIWA is an orphanage that hosts children who have lost their parents or were abandoned in the street. The centre provides them with shelter, clothes, health and education at government schools. The orphanage is home to 60 children from the age of 2 to 18 years; most of them are brought in by a social welfare officer.
The orphanage currently runs a pre-school program, but the founders are planning to build a primary and secondary schools as they recognize the importance of investing in education.
The project started in 2002 with 3 children, but it has continued to grow over the years. It was registered as an NGO in 2006 under the Ministry responsible for community development.
MWANDILIWA's mission is to make sure disadvantaged children can live a better life and can receive the fundamental education. Its objective is to continue to expand and to build a primary and secondary schools.
The staff comprises of 11 people who receive an allowance.
MWANDILIWA doesn’t have specific sources of funding; although some occasional private donors have financed the project (for example a private donor sponsored the construction of the kitchen).
Volunteers are welcome to support the orphanage in all areas, depending on their interests and skills, including:
Teaching at the pre-school
Helping with the preparation of the meals
Playing sports and organising games with the kids
Supporting the management with accounts and project development
Conducting a soft skills program, such as sexual & reproductive health and life skills
Daily tasks are flexible. A typical day at MWANDILIWA starts in the morning, when volunteers and staff can teach at the nursery. In the afternoon, volunteers can either play with the orphans or help them with their homework.
Volunteer requirements / Skills
This project is suitable for volunteers who:
Are at least 18 years of age at the time of arrival
Have a good knowledge of spoken and written English
Enjoy spending time with children
The project is locate in Mbweni, Dar Es Salaam. This area is closed to the ocean, but it is slightly far from the city centre of Dar es Salaam. Kunduchi beaches and Mbudya Island are not far from the centre.
Hosting Situation (Board and Lodging)
Volunteers stay at the host family, 2 km from the centre. The host families provide 2 meals a day, while lunch is provided at the project.
ATM is available in this area. Local transport can be used to reach more central areas of Dar Es Salaam
A big supermarket is located on the way to the project
Volunteers can bring toys, clothes and books for the children
The technical storage or access is strictly necessary for the legitimate purpose of enabling the use of a specific service explicitly requested by the subscriber or user, or for the sole purpose of carrying out the transmission of a communication over an electronic communications network.
The technical storage or access is necessary for the legitimate purpose of storing preferences that are not requested by the subscriber or user.
The technical storage or access that is used exclusively for statistical purposes.The technical storage or access that is used exclusively for anonymous statistical purposes. Without a subpoena, voluntary compliance on the part of your Internet Service Provider, or additional records from a third party, information stored or retrieved for this purpose alone cannot usually be used to identify you.
The technical storage or access is required to create user profiles to send advertising, or to track the user on a website or across several websites for similar marketing purposes.