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Project information

Usalama House

It is known that continuity and stability for children facilitates healthy development and enables children to thrive and fulfil their true potential. In order to secure the future of children in our care we wish to purchase our own land and build a small home from home.

The project is ongoing and long term.

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  • Need


    Tanzania has many orphaned and disadvantaged children. Approximately 1/3 of the population subsist on less than $1 per day and therefore the future for these children is bleak. Many children are abandoned to the street as a result of grinding poverty and prevalence of HIV/AIDS. Children as young as six who are taken into extended families after parents have died generally are used as cheap labour on the land. Children do not experience a childhood as they should and rarely attend school.


    Usalama House provides a safe and nurturing environment to enable the children to flourish and fulfill their potentials. The house is currently rented from a local farmer. To guarantee the security of the project, the childrens` futures and to enable us to open further 'homes from home' it is imperative that we purchase our own land and/or buildings. These homes need to be established within the local community to enable the children to maintain contact with any extended family.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To puchase land and/or buildings.


    » Trips to Tanzania to identify suitable land and/or buildings.To obtain accurate costings.
    » Raise the profile of the charity by means of promotion through use of local and national media, presentaions to organisations and word of mouth.
    » Fundraising by means of social events, sponsored events and funding applications to companies and charitable trusts.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the identification of suitable land within the local community at a reasonable cost and the subsequent puchase of the land within the laws of the region.

    Aim 2

    To secure the long term futures of our children.


    » Ownership of our own property will guarantee stability and security for children and staff.
    » By ensuring that funding is ongoing in order to provide for health and education of the children, we are giving them the best possible life chances.
    » By working in partnership with staff and the local community.

    What success will look like

    Success will be when our children are able to leave home fully equipped with the life skills needed to function as successful adults within their community.

    Aim 3

    To provide love, health and education for the children in our care.


    » Provision of long term 'house mothers' to provide a truely loving and stable home environment within their local culture.
    » Provide adequate health care by regular check ups for HIV children and funded access to medical services when necessary. To provide a healthy diet.
    » To fund quality schooling outside of the government education system which is less than adequate and to ensure that the children are supported at home

    What success will look like

    Success will be healthy, happy, emotionally stable children who continue to attend school regularly and achieve their full potentials.

    Aim 4

    To provide employment opportunities for local people.


    » We currently employ staff from within the local community and will continue to do so. We will work in partnership with our staff.
    » We will use local artisans to build and maintain the properties and pay them at a fair rate.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the employment of suitable local people who are happy and satisfied in thier jobs and who provide quality care and services.

  • Impact


    We will decrease the number of children living in dire circumstances. Our children will become productive and successful members of the larger society. Success is already in evidence by the way the children are achieving at school. All of our children are in the top half of their respective classes. Our staff are committed and are working in partnership with us and they are monitored closely by regular visits to the home. Usalama House functions as a 'normal' family home.


    We could run out of ongoing funding so need to continue with our efforts to seek out and raise money for running costs and education.
    Tanzania has a major problem regarding financial misappropriation and corruption so we monitor all expenditure closely by means of accurate accounting in the UK. Our staff are encouraged to keep accurate expenditure records and these are checked on every visit to the house. Our policy is to not bribe authorities but work with them to build 2-way trust/respect.


    We run an informative website that is updated regularly.
    We hold regular AGM's to which all supporters are invited.
    Project and child progress reports are written after every visit and a detailed diary is kept whilst in the country.
    Current and future funders are kept updated by regular emails.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £35,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,500 Visit to Tanzania Purchase land. Source and employ builders. Legal expenses
      £15,000 Cost of land Purchase of suitable land
      £10,000 Building Design and construction of home from home
      £5,000 Equipment Furnish and equip property
      £2,500 Energy Instal solar panels for power - light, laptops etc
  • Background


    Faraja Support is a UK registered charity. Usalama House is in Northern Tanzania close to Arusha - the third largest city. The country is ravaged by poverty, HIV/AIDS and Malaria. Average life expectancy is about 50 and many children are orphaned and abandoned. The immediate environment is rural most people surviving on subsistence farming. Over 50% of children do not attend secondary school due to poverty. There are no welfare benefits and social workers are stretched past breaking point.


    We aim to support children in the immediate area - eventually we hope to provide play provision for children who are still with their families to complement the residential provision. We also hope to expand work in renewable energy to provide locals people with light at night. By providing employment and using local resources as far as possible we benefit the local population.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been in Tanzania for the last 4 years and have built up a comprehensive network with local people and with authorities such as social welfare and health. We have formed good working and personal relationships with many people.
    We have total control over the money we have raised and continue to raise and take very seriously our responsibility to funders.
    Our Trustees bring a range of life experience and skills to the project including education, child care, social work and parenting.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Helen Ross

    Helen is chairman of the charity. She has visited Tanzania on numerous occassions and works closely with staff and officers in the country.


    Our charity is administered by 7 Trustees with a large range of skills. The treasurer has a close eye to detail and 3 trustees are familiar with Tz

    Catherine Temu And Anna

    Catherine and Anna are our House Mamas and we work closely with them using all their local knowledge and networks.

    Mr Christopher

    Mr Christopher is the Social Welfare Officer we work closely with in Tanzania. He is ultimately responsible for all our children.

Our first child - Aron - both parents dead

Our first child - Aron - both parents dead


Will pay for education for one child for one year

A bad orphanage is better than nothing. Your project is a model one

Mr Christopher