Bethsaida Home for Girls
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Current phase of support:
121 Double Orphans
20 Additional Children
(Served through school, feeding programs, rehabilitation, etc.)
Dar es Salaam is Tanzania's largest city.
614 SQ. MILE 4,364,541 POP.
Although a thriving, beautiful city, Dar es Salaam is still riddled by poverty. UN estimates that nearly 70% of Dar es Salaam's population is living in slums. There is a stark division between the high and lower class. People often pour into the city looking for a better life, only to find themselves caught in destitution. Tanzania is one of the poorest economies in the world in terms of per capita income. HIV/AIDS remains one of the Tanzania’s greatest threats as well. UNAIDS reported in 2012 that an estimated 150,000 Tanzanians were newly infected with HIV in 2011, which is over 400 new infections every day. Due largely to the AIDS epidemic, the orphan population in Tanzania is staggering.
Bethsaida Orphans Education Center is providing the only source hope some orphaned girls may have.
Seeing and mourning over this crisis in their own community, a group of Tanzanian women established Olof Palme Orphans Education Centre, which later became Bethsaida Orphans Education Centre, in 2005. Their vision was to provide free housing, meals, psychological support, and a quality secondary and/or vocational education for adolescent, orphaned girls. Many orphans are abandoned when they reach the secondary age so that younger children can be cared for, so the work of this home is unique and especially necessary. Bethsaida likely offers the best education any of our orphanages receive. During their four years at Bethsaida the girls study English, Kiswahili, history, math, and several sciences. All classes, with the exception of Kiswahili, are taught and tested in English. Bethsaida is a place for those who were otherwise traumatized through neglect, enclosed in abject poverty and caught in the vicious circle of vulnerability. They provide those children with their basic needs to free them of those hazardous conditions.
Serving Orphans Worldwide travels to every orphanage we partner with to ensure needs are legitimate and 100% of funds distributed goes to the livelihood of the children.
3 prominent issues
Issues have been identified by children who have faced or escaped these struggles in their region of the world.
Accidents often happen in Tanzania, leaving behind children with no place to go. Nearly 85% of Bethsaida's girls are double orphans.
More than 1.2 million children in Tanzania have been orphaned due to AIDS, and many carry the disease themselves.
Bethsaida bridges the gap for those girls who have been abandoned because their family could no longer care for them.
The large facility provides everything the girls need. There are rooms for the girls, their teachers, and the overseers to live in. There are also classrooms, a library, and a laboratory. Furthermore, the home provides necessary training in life skills for the girls. The operations at Bethsaida are well run and greatly impacting the lives of the girls there. Please consider joining us in providing quality care to the orphans of Dar es Salam.
The girls receive proper nourishment through four meals a day. The home is currently farming a vegetable garden to provide even more nutrient dense food as well as sustainability. The home is also able to provide adequate medical care for the girls, and they have their own supply of first aid and medicine. The home would greatly benefit by adding to its medical supplies, and your donation could do just that.
The girls at Bethsaida are given the freedom to worship and put their faith in Jesus. In many ways, this provides a steady source of hope in many of their lives. The girls all have their own copy of God's Word, and they also attend church together.
Bethsaida is very proud of its current standings—most of the girls come from extraordinarily disadvantaged backgrounds and speak practically no English when they arrive. To make such rapid progress is a testament to the dedication of both Bethsaida’s students and their teachers! Bethsaida, however, is in desperate need of further support to pay the teachers who so diligently serve at their school. Many have been volunteering their service and receiving no pay aside from the meals they receive alongside the girls. Please consider supporting Bethsaida’s budget, so that these teachers may continue to educate and inspire the young ladies at this home.