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.
  • 80-90% of children living in orphanages have a living parent or relative. They are only in an orphanage due to poverty and lack of resources.
  • Parents love their children and want to provide the best life for them.
  • Poverty and lack of community resources should never be the reason a parent is forced to surrender their child to an orphanage.
  • Decades of research have established that children who grow up in orphanages have significant disadvantages when compared to children who grow up in a family. This includes a higher risk for suicide, criminal behavior, susceptibility to trafficking, poor educational performance, and unemployment.
  • Family-based care is better for children than orphanage-based care. It is time for a shift from orphanage-based care to family-based care in developing countries.
  • Supporting children who are raised by their family can be 10 times less expensive than placing them in an orphanage. On a world-wide scale, the money used to sustain the 8 million children placed in orphanages could support 80 million children in family-based care.

Resource: http://www.faithtoaction.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Faith2Action_ResearchGuide_V9_WEB.pdf

family in front of mud house

Our Goals

  • To provide vital resources to aid vulnerable families in elevating themselves out of poverty.
  • To empower the community to grow and develop through education and outreach.
  • To increase individual responsibility and decrease reliance on outside assistance.
  • To lead the transformation in the framework of care for vulnerable children from orphanage-based care to family-based care.