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Welcome,and thank you for your interest in the orphans and vulnerable children of Songea, Tanzania. Here you will learn how you can help these children break the chains of poverty and neglect, and help Songea's Kids give them a future by meeting their daily needs and providing education.

Education/Scholarship Funds needed! Education is the key to escaping the cycle of poverty and dependency. Money is needed for uniforms, school supplies, books, fees, and tuition. Give to the Education/Scholarship Fund or become an Education Sponsor.

Sponsor a Child: As a Basic Needs sponsor your donations will pay for daily needs - food, healthcare, medicine, clothing, shoes, and nurturing care.

Give Life & Hope-Donate Now!

Our Vision:For the people of Songea, Tanzania, to meet the basic living, health, and educational needs of their children.

Our Mission:To collaborate with Tanzanian partners to support orphans and other vulnerable children, and build self-sustaining infrastructure in Hope Village.

Songea's Kids Video: This video explains the mission of Songea's Kids and the vision of Hope Village. It visualizes the finished Hope Village project, with the buildings and facilities that will serve the orphans and people of the local community.

Read more details about the work underway on the Hope Village Page.

Songea's Kids Information Forum: Come to a gathering of volunteers, sponsors and their guests to meet each other and learn more about our:
  • Child Sponsor System
  • Tanzania Projects
  • Future Plans
For more details for time and place please see the Forum Flyer
News The latest from Songea's Kids


For infants, children and adults:

  • Over-the-counter pain killers (acetaminophen,ibuprofen)
  • antibiotic salves
  • hydrocortisone cream
  • cold and cough/diarrhea/upset stomach medicines
  • electrolyte powders and treatments for dehydration
  • bandages
  • Q-tips
  • alcohol wipes
  • hand sanitizer
  • etc.
Choose the same items you keep in your home to care for yourself and your family.
No prescription medicines and please avoid liquids in glass containers.
Check all expiration dates—we cannot take expired or soon-to-be expired items.

Background: In 2014 when Linda visited the government pharmacy in Lutukira, a very poor village of over 14,100 people where Hope Village is being built, the cupboards were bare except for one small shelf. The nearest health care is 50 miles away in Songea or 40 miles away in Madaba; villagers have very poor transportation options and usually walk everywhere. In order to be sure that the medicines brought will be used by the people of Lutukira and not diverted, we will hand over the medicine before the village committee and the district medical doctor as a gift to the village. The pharmacy in Lutukira has a guard at night and an pharmacist during the day to protect the medicines. Kjerstin Rye will go with Linda on the September trip. Because she is a registered nurse, she is allowed to bring OTC medications into the country.

  • Batteries; regular and rechargeable AA batteries for electronics
  • Flash drives; 8GB and larger (to back up office files)
  • 2 digital cameras in excellent condition so our partner organizations can document:
    • their work with the orphans,
    • the well drilling
    • construction of Hope Village
  • 2 laptops in excellent condition for office workers
  • 3 in 1 Office printer (print; copy; scan)

QUESTIONS? Contact Kjell Rye 206-499-1642 EMail Kjell
Or Linda Hines 425-961-0623 EMail Linda
Items can be left at the home of Linda Hines, 3623 219th Pl SE, Sammamish, 98075
Or with one of Songea’s Kids Board members.


"2013 and 2014 were years of change, unexpected development, but most of all - years of significant progress in achieving our mission."

These words open the Annual Report, which describes progress in our partnerships to care for orphans in Songea, Tanzania. Also read the financial summary, and our celebration of the donors and volunteers who made this progress possible.


Clean and abundant water is essential before building urgently needed residential housing for very vulnerable children in Lutukira, Tanzania. Songea's Kids is very grateful for a generous gift from philanthropist Mrs. Leslys Vedder (shown here with Linda Hines, Songea's Kids President), to provide this water. The deep well will be drilled on a 23 acre site provided by our NGO partner, Hope Village Organization (HVO). The well will be named in memory of her late husband James Vedder, PhD, scholar, professor and physicist. After 6 years of planning with architects, engineers and Tanzania leaders, Songea's Kids will take the first step to make Hope Village a reality. On a 2014 trip to the site, volunteer hydrogeologist Charles Ellingson thoroughly studied the location and selected a site for the< well; a Tanzania drilling company has been selected by HVO to begin drilling September 10. Watch for updates on our Hope Village Page.


We met our generous donor's $1,000 match* and exceeded it! As of July 10th, through the generosity of many supporters, we have reached $1,410 for a total of $2,410. Please continue to bring JOY to the orphans of Songea.

To make a gift, send a check to:

Songea's Kids,
3020 Issaquah Pine Lake Rd SE #539,
Sammamish WA 98075.

Or go to the secure Donate page. Designate the gift to the Share the Joy Challenge Fund.
Thank you!

*"We have been blessed throughout our 60 years of marriage. We believe passionately in what Songea's Kids is doing for orphan children in Africa who have no other resources or help. Remember Jesus said: 'Whatever you do for the least of these, you do for me.' We propose to match up to $1,000 any new donations received by Songea's Kids by August 31, 2015. We pray that each donor will feel as much JOY in giving as we do.".....anonymous donor


The chickens are healthy and producing well. For the first time, the children receive an egg a week, which is greatly improving their nutrition. From April to November 2104, Jirani Mwema saved 3 million Tsh from the sale of excess eggs. Part of that has been used to buy more chicks, increasing the current number from 180 to 320. The project is now self-sustaining, and some excess income helps pay orphan care and education costs.

This project was made possible by generous grants to Songea's Kids from Sowing Seeds of Hope. Read "Jirani Mwema's Successful Chicken Project to Promote Quality Health and Well-Being for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Mshangano, March 2014" to see the project startup report and photos.

Here are recent pictures from the project:

View our Annual Report 2013/14:
View our e-newsletters: