Songea’s Kids has an extensive partnership network with HVO. Since 2010 USA leading architects and engineers have worked with Tanzania colleagues to design an entire village complex based on needs reported by regional and local government agencies, Lutukira village leaders, and our NGO partner. The village donated and transferred 30 acres of land to HVO and promised an additional 60 acres. The Tanzania government paved a road to and through the site. Rotary Clubs and individuals are providing funding. Two wells have been drilled and construction of the Health Care Center begins in September 2017. Other buildings include a vocational school, a pre-primary school, and housing for 160 of the most vulnerable orphans in the region. Appropriate new technology is being introduced.
Hope Village Organization (HVO),is a Tanzanian Non-Governmental Organization headquartered in Lutukira Village and registered with the Tanzanian government (17NGO/00007050). As defined in their Constitution, their vision, mission and core values are:
Vision: To be a leading Non-Governmental organization that enables orphaned and vulnerable children realize their full potential and participate in and contribute to all aspects of life.
Mission: To provide quality, developmentally appropriate care, early education and vocational training to orphaned and vulnerable children to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.
Core Values: Integrity, Accountability, Responsibility, Commitment, Team work, and Transparency.Rationale of the HVO:
"Tanzania has been facing the challenge of orphans and vulnerable children and has become an alarmingly common sight in most cities around the world. Many children run away from their homes, because they have been victims of violence and abuse by-products of crushing poverty. Some children become orphaned due to deaths of their parents resulted from HIV/IADS and other factors. The likelihood of children going on to reach their potential is reduced by being vulnerable or orphaned. Incapacitated by poverty, guardians and extended families are reluctant to shoulder the responsibilities of taking care of such children. Their equal rights and needs are denied. As a result the majority become street children. Street life violates the dignity of the children and negatively affects their physical, mental, emotional, moral and overall well-being. Street children experience great difficulties in their daily life including hunger, lack of shelter, sickness and parental care. In these harsh conditions the children use drugs, get involved in criminal activities and engage themselves in prostitution which ultimately leads down the road to HIV/AIDS and certain death.
Thus Hope Village Organization endeavors to improve the future of orphans and vulnerable children by meeting their educational, emotional, and physical needs. We believe if orphans and vulnerable children are empowered with requisite education have the potential; the potential to influence the future, the economy and contribute to socioeconomic development of our country and world at large."
This year's keynote speaker was Nashon Kikalao, CEO of Hope Village Organization (NGO) and Project Manager of Hope Village construction. Nashon led the development of Hope Village in Tanzania and formerly led Jirani Mwema directing the care for our children. Nashon and his wife live in Songea, Ruvuma, Tanzania.Nashon spoke about the amazing progress in building Hope Village in Lutukira, including the Rotary Health Care Center, as well as the inspiring success stories of our Songea's Kids like Fatuma Saidi who now dreams of being a doctor.
Hear first hand from Nashon how lives have been transformed and how Hope Village will help even more children by watching his address.
This video give a historical perspective of Hope Village and the original vision. Much of the vision remains true today as HVO moves forward with the current plans. There is a visualization of the finished Hope Village with the buildings and facilities that will serve the orphans and people of the community. On the right are the current site plans for Hope Village, the exterior view of the Health Care Clinic, and an exterior view of Orphan Housing Duplex.