Amani, which means “peace” in Swahili, has been a refuge of peace and security for Tanzania’s street children, who because of poverty, abuse, and death have been left homeless.
Located at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Moshi, Tanzania, Amani Children's Home has been rescuing hundreds of street children and orphans from homelessness and providing a safe and loving home, education, medical care, healthy food and counseling for Tanzania’s most vulnerable population since 2001.
Due to one of the world's poorest economies, weakening family ties and HIV/AIDS, the problem of street-children in Tanzania is growing daily. Amani Children’s Home is committed to reducing the number of children living on the streets in Tanzania by providing a nurturing place for homeless children to heal, grow and learn. In addition to providing long-term care, Amani aims to reunite children with their relatives when possible and to equip their families with the tools they need to be self-sustainable. Amani is dedicated to creating a path for each child that leads to a future filled with hope.
Programs at Amani include: • Street education – Social work street educators meet children living on the streets, build trust and advocate for them to come to Amani. All children come of their own free will. • Social Work/Reunification – Trained Social Workers work with the children and arrange for family visits to see if there is the possibility of reunification with immediate or extended family. If they have no family they are invited to stay long-term at Amani. • Education - All children can study primary level subjects such as basic reading, writing, and math skills in-house as part of Amani’s accelerated education program. Amani also pays school expenses for secondary students. Children also have the opportunity to undergo vocational training, such as carpentry. • Health - Simple illnesses are treated by the Amani nurse, while more serious problems are brought to local clinics and hospitals. Children are given regular health lessons which focus on HIV/AIDS education as well as hygiene and nutrition. • Upendo “Love” Program - Each staff member at Amani is also assigned as the "special guardian" to several children. Upendo guardians meet regularly and lead discussions on topics such as honesty, treating each other well or how to stay away from drugs. Donations through the Intrepid Foundation will be used to help Amani in their mission to rescue children, restore hope and transform lives.
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For more information, please visit this project's webpage.