Serving Children in Tanzania

AT A GLANCE:

Though Tanzania’s economy continues to grow stronger with each year, an estimated 12 million citizens remain trapped in poverty. Children feel the brunt of it, with more than 35% experiencing stunted growth due to severe malnutrition. Additionally, because of the limited resources and food, many of the country’s orphans and street children go uncared for.

Population: 58,574,092

Capital: Dodoma

Religion: Christian (61.4%), Muslim (35.2%), folk religion (1.8%)

Language: Kiswahili or Swahili, Kiunguja, English, Arabic

Percent of people living on less than $3.10/day: 76.10%

Tanzania

Ministry Overview

We are working to restore the lives of children, change the perception of orphans, and correct the misconceptions about adoption in Tanzanian culture.

We serve the vulnerable street children in the city of Mwanza by providing a safe, loving, and stable environment where they can be fed, clothed, educated, and experience the love of Christ.

  • 264CHILDREN SERVED
  • 39IN-COUNTRY STAFF
  • 3MINISTRY SITES

Areas of Focus

Since 1997 we have worked to rescue and restore hope to children who’ve never experienced childhood.

The children in our care primarily come from living on the streets of a large city or are brought to us due to loss of one or both parents. Sometimes a child is brought to us as a result of abuse in the home. Providing a safe housing environment in a dorm-style setting with house parents is critical to rebuilding trust with the children.

We seek to share the love of Christ with every child through both word and deed in the same manner as parents are commanded to raise their own children in the knowledge of Christ. As children accept Christ and mature spiritually, we want to see them apply biblical principles and knowledge in all areas of life. As “our” children graduate or age out of the ministry, we want them to understand their purpose of glorifying God and appreciate the biblical basis for their value as a person made in God’s image.

Every child in our care has the opportunity to attend a school operated and financed by us. The primary and secondary schools strive to promote an educational culture of grace. We structure the curriculum so that the message and hope of Christ is woven into each subject, while also preparing children to excel in the national exams and prepare them to impact the world for Christ.

Due to the conditions and situations from which children are rescued, significant time and energy is invested in helping them heal from various forms of abuse and neglect. The recovery from physical ailments can be easier to recognize, but the emotional and spiritual restoration of these young hearts can take much longer.

We have a number of children who won’t be able to attend school beyond Form 4 (high school senior) because their exam scores aren’t high enough to qualify for university. In these situations, we strive to provide students with vocational skills (welding, woodworking, plumbing, metal fabrication, agriculture, sewing/tailoring), that can be used when they go into the marketplace. We also strive to have mutually beneficial relationships with business owners in the community to help our kids get some work experience as they get into their mid-to-late teens.

Stories and Updates

February 16

A Life Transformed by Love

Your support is changing the lives of orphans around the world. Whether through adoption funding or orphan care, lives–like Vasiliy’s–are being transformed by the Gospel. Here is his story. MEET VASILIY Vasiliy was just 6 years old when he lost his parents. …Read More

March 13

When Grace Was Shaped Like Laundry | Tanzania Update

Two children we’ll call “B” and “N” were living with their grandmother–a retired teacher–and they had a good life. But then the unthinkable happened. Their grandmother (and 6 other people in the family) were murdered by home invaders. The two children survived because …Read More

March 7

She Can Sing! | Tanzania Update

Enjoy this update from our Tanzania team– Doricas is 14 years old and was recently rescued after spending a number of years living with other children on the streets of Mwanza. Doricas has little memory of her mother who, from …Read More

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“We pray that, beyond the restored lives of our children, we are changing the perception of orphans in Tanzania, along with the misconceptions about adoption in the Tanzanian culture. And hopefully the children growing up at TCRC and ultimately leaving as young men and women are changing the future.”

Matt Hughes
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