CHAKUWAMA is an orphanage that hosts children who lost their parents or were abandoned in the streets. It provides them with shelter, clothes, health and education at government schools. The orphanage is home to more than 50 children and young people from the age of 2 to 18, but its objective is to expand and be able to host more kids. The project started in 1998 with 5 children and has continued to grow over the years.
Its mission is to make sure disadvantaged children can live a better life. The staff is composed by 12 people who receive an allowance. CHAKUWAMA has a few sources of funding, including companies, such as Vodacom and private donors, however the amount of funds they receive is limited.
Volunteers are welcome to support the orphanage in all areas, depending on their interests and skills, including:
Teach English for children and youth
Organizing life skills session for young adolescents
Helping to prepare a meal
Playing with the kids
Supporting the management with accounts and project development
Volunteer requirements / Skills
This project is for both skilled and unskilled 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 and youth
They have two branches in Dar es Salaam; the oldest one found at Sinza, a very lively area, with plenty of bars and clubs. Young Tanzanians love to go out in this area during the weekend. The second one found at Mbezi outside of the city but not at the village.
Hosting Situation (Board and Lodging)
Volunteers will stay with host families. The host families provide 2 meals a day, while lunch is provided by the project. Depending on the location of the host family, volunteers will walk or take a bus to the project.
ATMs are available in the area
Volunteers can bring toys, clothes and books for the children
The project is located near to Milimani City Mall, one of the biggest malls in Dar es Salaam, and is also close to University of Dar es Salaam and Mwenge handcrafts market
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