Our first project was to build the Gateway House and the Upendo House for children in Tabora, Tanzania. Through the fundraising of a school in Canada, and a foundation in Sweden, we built beautiful facilities that provide housing for orphans. Moses Ndago, Director of Children’s Care in Tanzania, currently runs these homes with the assistance of house matrons who provide care for the children on a daily basis.
Water is the most basic necessity for any human. Since we have extensive work among orphaned children in Inala and Ifucha, our first project in those villages with about 6,000 people was to provide water. A 12 year old named Adam spent three years raising funds for a well in Inala. He also participated in the official opening of the well.
Malagosi is a village of 3,500 people in the Iringa District of Tanzania. Ron Sidon and Bob and Helen Nation spearheaded this project that provides fresh running water to the remote village of Malagosi. For the first time ever, this village now has access to fresh running water, providing not only drinking water to the entire village, but water to help with agriculture and community development. A new project called Lupembe, which is short for Lupembelwasenga Village, is now underway to serve 7000 villagers with access to clean, safe water.
The Dream Center project is our largest yet, and will serve more than a thousand children in the Tabora region of Tanzania. As a hub for children, the Dream Center will provide orphans with the opportunity to experience transformation. It will offer children tools and skills, enabling them to break through personal, cultural and societal limitations. Through the creativity and learning programs at the Dream Center, orphans will begin to see themselves as loved and successful, and therefore possessing the ability to live their dream. Projected Costs: $375,000.
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It has been said that, “if you feed someone a fish, you feed him or her for a day. But if you teach someone how to fish, you will feed him or her for life.” But this is not always the case especially among the most vulnerable in society. For example, an orphaned child that lives on pennies a day often believes it is impossible for him or her to catch “fish.” A person’s subconscious sense of worth and identity may not accept that he or she has the power within to make something of his or her life.
To solve this challenge so prevalent among orphaned children, David Youngren developed a unique program called The Amazing Life that empowers children to break through their limitations, overcome deep-rooted fears and insecurities, and unleash the power of love. By training children’s caregivers and providing children with audio and dream curriculum, we are able to systematically bring children through a process of transformation. When children develop an inner confidence based on unconditional love and a limitless inner belief about their potential, they live their best life, and change the world around them.
Essential to the development of children are programs and resources that stimulate creativity and innovation. But children raised in extreme poverty are often subject to an authoritarian structure that does not promote or value ingenuity. These children often become trapped in a world that does not provide the hope of a better future.
Since our approach involves building relationships with communities through developmental projects, we are able to easily implement creative arts programs such as photography, dance, theater, music, visual art, film and digital media. When children are placed in an environment where their imagination is positively stimulated, it brings about new confidence and allows them to dream for themselves and create a better world.
The Juma’s World Microloans Program empowers young people to succeed after graduation. The program begins by teaching sound financial management, and then offers youth that qualify an opportunity to create sustainable income in a trade or business. Upon approval of a microloan with suitable repayment terms, the new entrepreneur gains access to funds for use toward approved business expenses, including equipment purchases. Once the microloan is paid back, the funds are placed in a pool for support of new applicants.