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. Watch for updates on our Hope Village Page.
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: