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Help Marginalised Children & Young People

Tanzania

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We are an NGO set up in 2013 (NGO number 00007057) to support poor and/or orphaned children and young adults in the community of Mbauda in the southwest part of Arusha. (We were originally called Circle and Children Centre.) The project was founded by Salim Hassan Chaya, of Arusha, who obtained a Bachelor Degree of Business Administration with Accountancy at Arusha University in 2013. Salim had been orphaned as a young child and fended for himself on the street. From there he was taken in by a church orphanage, and then sponsored to go to better schools and then university. After graduation, he decided he must devote his life and his skills to helping others overcome similar circumstances.

The service includes a Support Centre (consisting of three classrooms, an office, toilets and a play area, all enclosed by protective walls, lockable gates and doors) with three pre-primary groups in the mornings, one for children ages 2-3; one for ages 3-4; and one for ages 5-7. Staff for these classes are paid local teachers. The classes help children with language, both Swahili and English, and arithmetic, appropriate to their age. Volunteers are needed who can support the paid teachers by doing some of the teaching, by playing with the children, giving them one-to-one attention and helping them with practical tasks. Volunteers often bring in useful new ideas for other ways to do things.

In the afternoon, the centre becomes a college for young people 13 to 26 years old, holding classes in a variety of subjects and especially languages such as Spanish and English. Volunteers generally teach these classes, get to know the students and offer informal advice and support. The adult students may become volunteers themselves, helping children in the mornings or with other tasks.

Volunteers don't need specific qualifications, but do need to speak English fluently and to have a positive and collaborative attitude.

In addition to the Support Centre project, volunteers who wish to can participate in several other projects. Two of the projects are in villages helping women (who have HIV or are widows). In Loiboisireti Maasai village the women are goat-herding, bee-keeping and making traditional Maasai decorative jewellery and crafts. Volunteers can also help with some teaching. The second village is Marangu in the Kilimanjaro region, where volunteers can help women with raising chickens and pigs or help with other problems or at a nursery school for children 3 to 7 years.

Volunteers might also help with a new partner project called at the Igualdad Orphanage Centre, located in the countryside of Morombo on the southwest outskirts of Arusha. The project has just built an orphanage which will also have a school.

See our website for more information.

Organisation
Tanzania Children Support

Project title
Help Marginalised Children & Young People

Project location
Mbauda, Arusha, Tanzania

Contact
Salim Hassan

Period
Year round

Languages
Engish, willingness to learn some Swahili as the children don't speak English

Who can volunteer?
Adults of both sexes 18+

Commitment
2 weeks minimum

Cost
US$70 per week charged for food and accommodation, orientation and ongoing support. US$50 for airport pick-up if requested. International travel insurance, tourist and volunteer visas are necessary and payable by the volunteer.

Notes
None

How to apply
Complete online application form

Please mention volunteer4africa.org when responding to this ad.

Website
http://www.arushachildrensupport.org/

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