This project seeks to provide for the physical, social, and mental wellbeing of the children and families in Amani's community. Amani provides full medical care for all children at our center, including on-site first aid as well as emergency and chronic condition care coverage at the areas' top medical facilities. We also have an on-site social worker, who provides counseling for children and their families. Amani facilitates seminars on child protection, social development and mental health.
According to Unicef, over 75% of children and youth in Tanzania have been "slapped, punched, beaten or threatened with a weapon by a relative, [or other] authority figure." In the most severe cases, children are removed from family custody and brought into the government's social welfare system. These children have urgent medical, emotional, and psychological needs, which often go unmet. In order to thrive and heal, children need access to high-quality care in a safe, supportive environment.
Amani Children's Home works directly with the local social welfare officers to respond to abuse and provide safe housing for children in crisis. Amani's staff is specifically trained to address the needs of these children; this includes 1:1 counseling, social support, and on-going parental education. Additionally, Amani prioritizes physical wellbeing. This involves facilitating access top-of-the-line medical care as well as keeping the center stocked with first-aid and hygienic supplies.
Amani has the capacity to support ~50 children at a given time. Our work brings physical and physiological healing for these children and helps heal the broader community. Amani supports children in connecting with relatives and mentors outside the center. This community engagement creates networks of advocacy for these children. We also offer educational seminars to family members. There focus on preventing and identifying abuse, supporting healthy relationships, and protecting child welfare.