Amani Children's Home

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Many of the above photos were taken in July 2012 by our challengers

Watch an incredible video about Amani's wonderful work with the unfortunate street children of Moshi, Tanzania (4 minutes).   Click here

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LATEST UPDATE - August 2014

Amani Children's Home have got the BUILDING PERMIT!!  What a bumpy ride it's been, but finally the buidling permit is here and Amani can now start building the Drop-In Centre as previously planned.

UPDATE - March 2013

Land is difficult is to secure in Arusha and costs are increasing very rapidly. 

The great news is that Amani Children’s Home have identified an empty plot (480 sq meters) in a perfect location in the centre of Arusha for the proposed Drop-In Centre.   However, they need to act fast to avoid the cost inflating beyond reach.

In addition to the G4G funds, Amani has raised another 95% of the projected project capital costs for this project.

The G4G Board of Governors agreed that, as Amani have confirmed they have 95% of the total investment, we will allow them to use a percentage of the G4G donation to secure the purchase of the land before the cost rises beyond reach.   We have transferred the funds to Amani and the land has been secured.

UPDATE - November 2012

The Kilimanjaro 2012 challengers raised US$ 115,000 to build a Drop-in Center in Arusha to help street children transition to the structured life at the Armani orphanage and, hopefully, reunite them with their families.  The centre is expected to reach 80-100 children per year aged 8-17.  See below for more details.

Armani is narrowing the field to identify the best site for the Drop-in Center and is hoping to secure the site by Spring 2013.

UPDATE - August 2012

The two challenge groups visited Amani at the start of their respective challenges and found the children to be warm, welcoming and extremely excited to see us!   The two groups raised in excess of AED 445,000 in sponsorship and more is still coming in - CONGRATULATIONS to all the challengers.   This will make a massive difference to Amani.

Amani are currently finalising the acquisition of the best plot of land for the drop-in centre.  We'll keep you posted on this.   In the meantime, here's a little more info about Amani:

When Amani rescues children from the street, the majority of them are between 10-14 years old, though they also find children from the age of 6.   The children they work with then remain ‘Amani Children’ even after reunification (with their family), which means that they continue to work with them, follow up on them, until they can truly positively graduate from Amani; often till the age of 17, 18, 19.

Currently there are 75 children living at the Amani Home.   All of these children have been rescued from the streets, where they ended up because of abject poverty and/or abusive or neglectful environments at home.

In addition to the 75 children living at the centre, Amani’s street social workers are continuously in contact with about 20-30 children (at any point in time) who are still living in the streets of Moshi and Arusha, and our family reunification workers are in regular follow-up contact with another 100-120 Amani children that have been reunified with their families.

In total, Amani continuously works with more than 200 (former) street children.

UPDATE - March 2012

The drop-in centre proposed for funds raised by "Trek to the Roof of Africa 2012" will reach out to approximately 80-100 children and youth per year, ages 8-17.  It will offer recreational activities, the possibility to sleep/relax during the day (8am to 8pm) for about 12-15 children at any point of time, facilities to bathe, and 24/7 short-stay options (as a bridge between living on the street and moving into Amani Children's Home) for 8 children/youth at any point of time (40-50 per year). The Amani psychosocial counselor will also be at the centre several times per week, to speak to individual children, as well as to run group-based Life Skills sessions. 

The rationale behind this new drop-in Centre in Arusha:

The transition from living in the 'freedom of the street' to living in Amani Children's Home is a challenge for many of the street children we come in contact with.

Street children have a great deal of autonomy on the street, they have their network of friends, and many of them are addicted to sniffing glue (sniffing glue reduces hunger pain and glue is cheaper to buy than food).

In contrast, life at Amani is structured: all of the kids must get up at a certain time in the morning and are in bed at a set time at night, they must attend school and do chores, and they must follow the rules.

Many children and youth are apprehensive about making the commitment to come to Amani because of the dramatic shift they must make. A drop-in centre in Arusha (where the majority of Amani children come from) that would be staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, will enable more hard-core street kids to make the transition from street to Amani.

A social worker will be on duty at all times to meet with and counsel the kids, help them deal with their drug addiction, provide them with at least basic medical care and provide a place for a few of them to sleep at night.

Eventually we hope this will enable the more hard-core street youth to make the move to Amani where they can then go to school and face a brighter future.

We are looking to rent office space near the Arusha Bus Stand, where many homeless children are known to 'live,' and enlarge it as demand increases. Start-up costs include the need for furnishings, medical supplies, perhaps kitchen equipment so we can provide kids with a hot meal.

The latest email from the charity (February 2012) clearly demonstrates their level of enthusiasm:

That is GREAT news! I am thrilled that the G4G Kili Challenge has such potential. Amani has had several big dreams for long that we would LOVE to pursue.

Thanks so much for all that you are doing for Amani and the most disadvantaged children, street children, here!   This project will have a huge impact on the lives of many children.

Best regards,

Amani Children's Home, Moshi, Tanzania

UPDATE - January 2012

We have been in discussion with Amani Children's Home with a hope to agree a project to be supported through our "Trek to the Roof of Africa" in 2012.   Currently, we are awaiting a proposal for a 'drop-in center' for kids making the transition from the street to an Amani orphanage.   We hope to have the details of this project agreed very soon.

Original Information

The 2008 challenge supported Amani Children's Home by building toilet blocks and a washing/drying room in the orphanage.   As Joe Ventura, Communcations Coordinator for Amani Children's Home, says:

"With Gulf for Good's help Amani was able to construct a washing area where the children can wash their clothes. The building was made in a circle to fit the space available and still make it possible for up to 30 children to use it at once. The children at Amani are responsible for cleaning all of their own clothes and bedding, so this area gets a lot of use!

The drying area is essential. Of course, Amani has no drying machines and so we rely on the sun to dry the clothes and bedding. During the heavy rainy season (March-May) it rains many times each week. Last year, the children weren't able to properly dry their clothes and ended up going to class in damp clothes - not a good way to start a school day. Now, the kids are able to hang their clothes under the covered building to let their clothes dry.

With so many children staying at Amani, you can imagine how hectic bedtime is around here! There's a lot of children who need time in the restrooms and the main building's restrooms and showers were insufficient. The restroom and shower area gives us 3 more showers, 2 more toilets, and a large urinal area. This has been a great help for the night-time caregivers.

All in all, these 3 buildings have been a tremendous help in the daily lives of the staff and the children at Amani. With proper care, these buildings will last for many years and so, by funding these projects, Gulf for Good did not just give Amani a single donation, but a gift that will affect hundreds of children well into the future."

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