As a response to the desperate plight of Tanzanian children who have been abandoned by parents – either by reason of disease and death, divorce or other incapacity to maintain the family unit, a group of Tanzanian private citizens decided to register a children’s home and to call it, “Larchfield”, to serve as a happy, safe and secure environment for Tanzanian children who have no home.
The objective is to build and operate a purpose built children’s home, initially for 60 children, but phased to accommodate eventually up to 300.
Larchfield will be designed and managed to provide a homely, safe haven for homeless children where, despite having begun their lives at a disadvantage, they can grow up to lead happy, responsible and caring lives and be a credit to the community they live in, inspiring others by their example.
Larchfield was legally set up as an NGO [#00NG0/00005420] and had already acquired land at Mkuranga, (some 40 miles south of Dar-es-Salaam) where there are many disadvantaged children - the lucky ones are fostered with other families. The actual design of the Home is taking shape in the capable hands of a philanthropic group of imaginative architectural students, staff and professionals called “Core Coordination Team”. This team has developed blueprint & drawings of the proposed home. More details of their progress is available on the charity website under “Workshops”.
The construction of the Children’s Home has been divided into three phases. Larchfield is currently working towards the Phase 1 which consists of 4 large units (accommodation) + 4 small units (mama’s) + 1 Toilet block. Each phase has currently have the following structure designations:
- School Unit
- Children’s Unit
- Administrative Unit
- Mama's Unit
- Kitchen Unit
- Toilet Block
The 4 large units (accommodation units) are identical in dimensions and specifications. This means that the Children's Unit is identical as the School Unit (the school unit is meant to be a classroom), while the Children’s unit is a dormitory. The Administrative, Mama's and Kitchen Units are all the same size but serve functions in accordance with their titles. Operationally, there is an interdependence built in to this set up. This is done to provide future flexibility in the use of these units.