Project information

Orphan Relatives Support Programme

To rescue orphans and most vulnerable children from destitution and family break up. Malaika Kids employ dedicated Tanzanian staff to search for surviving relatives, reestablish children within a family, mentor and support them as they grow up, for just £17 a month.

Ongoing, as new children take the place of leavers.

Charity information: Malaika Kids UK

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  • Need

    Need

    Due to poverty and disease Tanzania has many orphans and vulnerable children. Unless helped they will, through no fault of their own, grow up to be an illiterate, impoverished underclass. Many families have disintegrated due to parents' illness and death forcing children out of school and onto the streets to fend for themselves.

    Solution

    Given funding, Malaika Kids will be able to take on many more vulnerable children and keep them together within families. Once suitable and willing relatives have been found, the children receive ongoing mentoring and a £17 monthly support package of food, clothing and school materials. All our staff are experienced Tanzanians. We do not employ Westerners in this role. The families collect in person so we can monitor their progress and encourage mutual support through Malaika Kids.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Expand a well recognised family support system in order to help more vulnerable children.

    Activities

    » The staff and systems are in place to help more orphans, given funding. Malaika Kids care model has twice won the prestigious Uhuru Torch.

    By keeping siblings together within a family and ensuring they are properly fed, housed and get to school. By their health and results. By keeping a data base on each child.


  • Impact

    Impact

    We aim to save as many families as we can from disintegration and ensure all Malaika Kids grow up with an equal chance of success in school and adult life. We place much emphasis on training for skills and employment. By fostering a 'Malaika Kids' community, we hope to give opportunities for mutual support and network building, and encourage the successful to sustain and support future generations of Malaika Kids.

    Risk

    Key staff have a vocation and have been in place since the start over 10 years ago. There is a risk due to possible illness or incapacity, which could be detrimental to the continuity and relationship with the supported families. We seek to mitigate this risk by varying the members of the team for house visits, expanding the staff as the project grows, and keeping all personal child data files accessible on computer.

    Reporting

    UK donors receive a themed monthly e-newsletter. There are regular posts on the website. There is an AGM in May and a presentation in the autumn. Donors are also welcome to request further information.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £16,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,000 Orphan support monthly food, clothing and school packages over three years
      £4,500 Tanzanian staff and overhead For mentoring the families and managing the support packages.
  • Background

    Location

    The Kinondoni district of Dar es Salaam is a poor inner city suburb. Typical families we support live in single story shacks on dirt streets and alleyways. Labourers commonly earn $1 a day. There are many recent arrivals from the countryside and communities lack cohesion. Each neighbourhood has a 'chairman' looking out for children in need, but there are no government funds nor resources to provide actual support. That is our role.

    Beneficiaries

    Local families where death or disability has reduced them to destitution and threatens the break up of the remaining family group.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Malaika Kids has its Reception Home (where all new vulnerable children are first received and settled) in Kinondoni. The charity is well known and widely appreciated by the local authorities. There is constant demand for us to accept more children, and we have the systems in place to expand - given funding.
    Malaika Kids has the active support of Tanzanian Patrons including the previous two High Commissioners to London, and is recognised as a leader in child care.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Mrs Najma Manji

    Chief Executive, founder Malaika Kids Tanzania. Responsible for overall management of the holistic orphan care programmes.

    Mrs Hadija Mwambungu

    Manager, Relatives Support Programme. Responsible for liaison with the foster families and mentoring the children. Coordinates monthly aid packages

    Miss Shezan Manji

    Administrator, book keeper: maintains the computer database of all Malaika Kids.

£200

will support an orphan in a family for a year, helping to protect that family from disintegration.