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.
Read more details about the work underway on the Hope Village Page.
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 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
To make a gift, send a check to:
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! Clean Water for Kids drive collected 5,556 pounds, resulting in a Clothes for the Cause payment of $1,161.20. Added to that will be a $800 matching grant from Thrivent East King County Chapter. The grand total income for Songea's Kids is $1,961.20. Your enthusiastic participation made this possible. We could not have achieved this without you.
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: