Amani Children's Home provides full-time residential care to vulnerable children and youth in Tanzania. However, our arid region is prone to droughts and famines that make staples like corn, beans, and rice inaccessibly expensive. This project addresses the duel challenges of the current and future food insecurity. We 1. provide balanced, nutritious diets for our students; 2 stockpile food for difficult seasons and 3. invest in sustainable agriculture and energy to ensure financial stability.
Tanzania ranks 96/113 in food security, with a third of children under age five malnourished to the point of stunted growth. Many children lack reliable access to safe, nutritious, and affordable food; anemia and other nutrient deficiencies are common. Amani is working diligently to ensure that our community always has the food staples it needs. We do this by raising livestock, tending produce gardens, and investing in long-term projects that support food sovereignty and financial stability.
Amani is working towards self-sustainability. This means Amani plans ahead to purchase and stockpile staple food items before times of drought. We plan to diversify our current agricultural projects, adding pig husbandry as a source of protein and income. Intensifying and expanding our garden projects will ensure access to quality organic produce. We hope to transition to solar power or biogas, which will make our center eco-friendly and generate profits that purchase food and other supplies.
The long-term survival of our center depends on developing sustainable sources of income and ensuring reliable access to food items. Our agricultural projects are a life-line of healthy food, even during times of famine and adversity. Excess produce is sold at higher prices, generating income that can in turn be invested back into the center. Sustainable energy ensures we can not only "keep the lights on," but do so in a way that decreases environmental impact and generates income.