Mar 4, 2019

We can all contribute!

I'd like to take the time to share a story about one of our youngest donors:

 

Lieselore is only 7 years old. She fundraised 210 Euro by making and selling bookmarks, keyrings, cookies, and biscuits. She even donated all her allowance from houeshold chores.

 

Lieselore's incredible donation helped us to do some much-needed repairs at Amani. Her generous gift funded tiling the boy's dorimtory. This ensures our children's home is easy to keep clean and hygienic, even in the rainy season! Often times, when children have environments where they must worry about baser needs like food and clean bedrooms, their ability to study goes out of the window. Having a clean dormitory means they can focus less on their environment and more on their studies!

 

No matter how little you can do nor where you come from, if we work together, we can achieve great things!

 

Thank you Lieselore!

 
Dec 3, 2018

"It takes a village..."

Birdwatching
Birdwatching

I'm sure you've heard the phrase before: It take a village to raise a childIt means that a child's development is a product of his or hercommunity. The people who we spend the most time with ultimately shape who we are as an individual. For those without a traditional family, the people who make up their community is even more instrumental in their growth and development.

With this in mind, we at Amani work to provide opportunities for disadvantaged kids to make meaningful connections with the environment and people around them for healthy socialization and educational stimulation.

Amani provides the children it supports with frequently opportunities to participate in educational outdoor activities. In October, the children went to a neighboring area to go bird watching. Armed with pencil, paper, and binoculars, they observed indigenous and regional birds alike. After the activity, some wrote stories about the birds while others chose to draw them.

On the weekends, back at the orphanage, short lessons are provided that cover a variety of topics. They include everything from personal nutrition to wildlife studies. Our kids learn where their food is grown, appreciate mother nature, and as a result, become insightful junior scientists.

Some of our older kids go to private school. Recently, J and A graduated primary school with honors. At private school, they have the opportunity to make connections with classmates and families outside the orphanage. The relationships they have built here are likely to last a lifetime.

What strikes me the most about life at Amani Orphanage is how normal of a childhood these kids are able to have. They do not need to worry about hunger, clothing, or lack of love. They have found a family in each other, in their classmates, in their caretakers, and in their community. They can run through open fields, play games, go to school, and grow to become responsible citizens in the future.

We have donors like you to thank for that. I said it takes a village; you are part of that village. You may have never met these kids or been to their country, but you have inevitably shaped their lives and future by providing them with the resources to lead a healthy and normal life. For that, we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

- Amani Children's Orphanage

 

Weekend learning
Weekend learning
Graduation
Graduation
Sep 5, 2018

Freedom from Hunger

Two in every five children in Tanzania don't know when or where their next meal will come from. With food being one of the basest needs to survive, the lack of it negatively affects every aspect of a child's development: Their physical growth, their mental health, their ability to focus on their education. Hunger can rob a child of their childhood, and before a child comes to Amani, they often experience some of these issues which prevent them from focusing on kid things. One of our goals at Amani is to provide each child with an environment where they're able to be a kid! And that environment must include tasty, nutritous food.

It does not take a lot of money to provide that food for a boy or girl in Tanzania: The average pre-teen will consume about $25-$30USD worth of food per month. The changes cannot be understated between the difference of a malnourished child and a well-fed one. Those who are well-fed are able to sleep better. Get sick less often. Focus with more intensity. Be more kind to their peers. Even smile more.

And those children wake up to face the day and go to bed each night with full bellies because of you and your generosity.

If you would take a look at our current project's progress, we should complete it within the next few days! You are the reason that we are able to provide for these children. They have you to thank for giving them the basis of a great childhood. And we thank you for joining us in supporting them throughout it.

 
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