Our Mission

Father and daughter

Our Mission

Our mission is to partner with, support and strengthen at-risk families to increase the ability of families to stay together and thrive in their home community.

  • To Partner With means that we work together with Tanzanians to identify the needs of the family and community.
  • To Support means we respond to the identified needs of the family and community by providing innovative assistance programs developed to aid in the care of vulnerable children while keeping the family as the center focus.
  • To Strengthen means we follow-up with our programs, ensuring that the needs of the family and community continue to be met in a sustainable way.

What We Believe

  • Children thrive when they grow up in a family. The family is the most important unit in the community. Strong families mean strong communities.
  • Parents want to have their children grow up in their own home, but poverty and lack of community resources sometimes make it difficult to keep the family together.
  • Decades of research have established that children who grow up in institutionalized care have significant disadvantages from children who grow up in families. This includes higher risk for suicide, criminal behavior, susceptibility to trafficking, poor education, and less job success.
  • It is time for a shift from orphanage based care to family based care in developing countries. This means funneling our time and resources towards developing family and community programs designed to keep families together.
  • Resources must be dedicated to overcoming hurdles of children being reintegrated with their family

family in front of mud house

Our Goals

  • To decrease the number of vulnerable children in Arusha through innovative assistance programs designed to strengthen the family unit. Strong families equal strong communities.
  • To empower the community to grow and develop through education and outreach.
  • To increase individual responsibility and decrease reliance on external assistance. Ultimately, all of our programs will lead to independence.
  • To lead the transformation in the framework of care for vulnerable children from orphanage based care to family based care.