Mwanga Children´s Foundation

MWANGA means „Light“ in Kiswahili.

The pre primary school is located in one of the poorest parts of Arusha and wants to give children a glimmer of hope for a better future. Most of the children come from poor family backgrounds. Therefore, the families can’t afford to pay school education and sufficient food for their children.
The aim of the project is to enable the children to get high-quality education in their early childhood and at the same time keep the costs for the families as low as possible. Both of us have spent a lot of time in this facility. To support it is a matter close to our hearts for us because we know how important education for this region is.

“The greatest problem in the world is poverty in connection with a lack of education. We have to make sure that education reaches all.”
Nelson Mandela
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In March 2014, Saidi Kapama founded the facility. His motivation to ensure a better future for the children results from his own past experiences as a street child. The vision of the founder is to support the children so that they can grow up into self-confident and independent adults.
Not only for this but also for a fulfilled childhood and a successful life, education is the key. Therefore, the foundation has commited to support the children and make sure that they get two meals per day. Furthermore, the children experience warmth and love and they have the possibility to play with other kids. Thanks to some commited volunteers from Germany, the facility kept on developing over the past few years. By now, a small building has evolved into two playing rooms, two classrooms, one dining room, one bedroom and one office. On the schoolyard, there are play equipments for the children to play.

However, there were always numerous open bills, the wages of the employees couldn’t be payed, the rent for the plot was delayed and often the money available only sufficed to buy rice and beans for lunch.

Our aim was to support the pre primary school ‘Mwanga Children’s Foundation’ in so far that the basic needs of the children are met and to make sure that the educational institution stays an appropriate place for playing and learning.

Saidi Kapama
Saidi Kapama

Thanks to numerous donations, we were able to extend our support over the past few years.

But have a look yourself...​

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December 2018
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April 2020

Because of the corona crisis, many are fearing a famine. ‘WATOYO Tanzania e.V.’ supports the families with a care package. 107 families receive 15 kg of rice and 10 kg of beans.

March 2020

The food donations of a local businessman don’t suffice anymore. The additional costs for the necessary food will be paid.

February 2020

Another teacher is part of the team of the ‘Mwanga Children’s Foundation’ now. Furthermore, a mother of a former child that visited the foundation is employed to help with all tasks that arise.

January 2020

The budget for the healthy diet is increased. From now on, the children will get fresh fruits on four days a week and a hard boiled egg once a week.

We replace the old, run-down slide with a new one. Now, the children can have fun sliding while being safe and without having to worry.

December 2019

All of the children that are currently visiting the foundation and the children that are being sponsored visit the ‘Snakepark Arusha’ together.

October 2019

‘WATOYO Tanzania e.V.’ starts the training of the employees.

Saidi attends a class on business management and accounting. The teacher Rahel will be going to the ‘Global Montessori College’ for one year. Mama Isma receives further training on hygiene at cooking and learns English.

July 2019

The broken swings get fixed and sand toys are bought for the children.

Mai 2019

The rent for the plot will be paid completely. By taking this step, the property is secured as a place to learn and play for the children.

April 2019

All of the children of the ‘Mwanga Children’s Foundation’ visit the Arusha Nationalpark together.

March 2019

In recognition of his work as the director and founder of the ‘Mwanga Children’s Foundation’, Saidi will also be paid a small wage.

January 2019

From now on, the salary of teacher Rahel will be paid, too.

December 2018

A nice carousel is placed at the schoolyard of the ‘Mwanga Children’s Foundation’. The children are extremely happy about it.

The Beginnings in November 2018

A healthy diet for the Children

The children get fresh fruits three times a week as well as milk for the porridge and meat for lunch two times a week.

 

Water supply

 The costs of the water supply and water filters for clean drinking water are paid.

Dental Hygiene

 New toothbrushes and toothpaste are bought on a regular basis so that the children can brush their teeth after lunch.

Fire Wood

 Mama Isma, the cook of the ‘Mwanga Children’s Foundation’, cooks food for the nearly 60 children everyday. At regular intervals, stocks of fire wood are bought from now on so that she can cook for them.

Salaries for the Employees

 The teacher Rahel and the cook Mama Isma now receive their monthly salary on a regular basis.

One of the main aims of ‘WATOYO Tanzania e.V.’ is the joint development of structures and strategies which help the facilities achieve greater independence from sponsors. Therefore, two projects have been worked out, which, however, started off weak and still need further development:
  • the designing of postcards by the children and the adolescents, which then get sold at local restaurants and souvenir shops.
  • The inclusion of the mothers – they sew various kinds of bags and pencil cases, which are then sold in Germany.
Everyday life at the Mwanga Children's Foundation