Singida Children’s Center – Tanzania
Education is the ladder by which students can climb out of deep poverty and hunger. We have a unique model in Singida, Tanzania, which empowers kids who live on the streets to go to school and be fed a nutritious meal. Therefore, we are able to feed the children and encourage them to attend their local schools. We believe this model is a much more efficient use of available resources rather than trying to maintain our own schools. We have also been requested by the wife of President Kitweke to replicate this model in at least 12 other villages.
Each day, nearly 600 children are fed our highly nutritious meals after they attend a local school. This encourages children to get an education because if they go to school they are assured they will have at least one meal a day. We also send food home with the children on the weekends. If you would like to help us feed these children, there are two options:
- Donate .25 cents a meal to help feed them. Donate
- Host your own meal packaging event whereby you can actually package the meals these children will eat!
Children must have a school uniform before they can go to school. The uniform includes a shirt, skirt or slacks, socks, and shoes.
We provide the street children these uniforms so they can go to school. Although the cost of $40 USD seems like a small amount to us, for many Tanzanian that is an entire month’s worth of wages!
Safe Place to Play
These vulnerable children are also provided a safe place with a playground. Generous people in the U.S. donate this equipment. The children love it!
If you would like to donate a uniform, please go to Donate and, in the “Purpose” line, please designate your gift as “School Uniform.”
Expansion of Children’s Center concept
The President of Tanzania’s wife recently visited our Children’s Center and liked our model so much she requested we build a dozen more! Therefore, we are working with Regional Commissioner Kone to determine locations for the construction of more Children’s Centers. Our first area of expansion is Manyoni, which is a 1.5 hour drive south of Singida. The Manyoni Children’s Center is in the beginning phase of the project. If you would like to have more information or be a part of these new Children’s Center projects, please email: Rick@outreachprogram.org
More food -– click here for more info meal packaging event
School Uniforms $40
Construction of New Children Centers- $100,000
Gunda Secondary School – Nkungi, Tanzania
The village of Nkungi is 1.5 hour drive north of Singida and is the first place Floyd and Kathy Hammer began working. After holding babies dying of starvation, they decided to supply food to the hungry villagers. The ladies of the village make exquisite hand-made grass baskets, so they traded baskets for food.
They also wanted a Secondary School so Kathy promised the Mommas that she would build them a school with funds generated from selling those baskets to people in the U.S. You can buy them in our on-line store! Thus began the Gunda Secondary School, named after the legendary leader in the village Zephaniah Gunda who is still vibrant at 89 years old.
From the original school are now several buildings, which house over 700 students. Some of them travel from far away and need to be housed in the Girl’s Dormitory. There are 9 teachers for 700 students so the ratio is 1 teacher to 77 students.
These students attend school from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM each day and are hungry to learn.
Needs: requested by the Head Master of the school.
More food: –meal packaging event – click for more info
Teachers (short term) – math, biology, and chemistry
The village was originally established for a small leper hospital, but since hospitals don’t feed their patients in Tanzania, the leper’s families moved to the area to take care of them. There are now over 6,000 people in the village!