Shalom Orphanage – Tanzania
Current phase of support:
40 Double Orphans
20 Additional Children
(Served through school, feeding programs, rehabilitation, etc.)
Karatu District is one of the six districts in the Arusha region of Tanzania.
1,274.14 SQ. MILE 178,434 POP.
Rural Tanzania can be a fascinating place to visit. Unfortunately, children there are often at great risk. Many in the region of Karatu adhere to superstitious belief systems and lack even basic education on how to take care of children. Unplanned children are the first to fall victim to cruel abandonment and superstitious ritual, such as leaving newborns in the jungle for animals, burying children alive and dumping them at local trash sites. In addition, HIV/AIDS remains one of the Tanzania’s greatest threats. 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.
Shalom Orphanage provides a home for those children who have nowhere else to go.
For several years, Men and Women of Action visited Shalom Orphanage, working to repair the home and ensure better shelter for the children. As time passed, the orphanage was struggling to stay open, so MWA asked SOW for help. With the support of SOW and our partners, Shalom Orphanage was able to not only keep the doors open, but also to expand and allow more orphaned children to live at the home. Shalom Orphanages serves to give these kids a childhood back. They strive to not only give them the basics such as food and shelter, but to also show them that God has a unique plan for each of their lives.
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.
Children born to unwed mothers in Tanzania are often subject to brutal abandonment. Some are left by the side of the road, buried in the jungle or even tossed away like waste.
More than 1.2 million children in Tanzania have been orphaned due to AIDS and many carry the disease themselves, requiring special care and attention that surviving families often fail to provide.
Tanzanians face a wide range of dangers. Accidents happen and when they do, Shalom bridges the gap for the children left behind.
Shalom rests in one of the most fascinating places on the planet. Minutes from a wildlife reserve, the children live on a cozy compound with two houseparents caring for 8-10 children each.
Most of the children come to Shalom with several medical problems. Many have HIV/AIDS, mental or physical disabilities or have suffered severe trauma. Shalom offers healing and care for these children.
Every evening the children at Shalom gather for a worship service, following their meal. The beautiful singing and dancing of the children and their caretakers can often be heard on the streets that pass by the compound.
Some children attend a private mission school and some attend a local public school. This is based upon academic achievement and scholarship. Shalom takes great pride in the high-achieving students who have received scholarship for school.