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Residentials Care Program

This program is intended to provide a safe place for orphans and street children and youth who have nowhere to get protective services in the Kilimanjaro region. These children are the ones who are homeless and end up on the streets in communities that have no one to provide protection services for them. We believe that all children and young people have rights! They have the right to clean water, food, medical care, a roof over their head and clothes to wear. We believe that by committing ourselves to helping orphans and street children and youth we have the opportunity to give them a sense of belonging to the world.

What have we learned:

The recent factor that is contributing to child vulnerability and migration to the streets is HIV / AIDS. The number of people becoming infected and dying from HIV / AIDS in Africa is increasing day by day. Tanzania is one of the African countries most affected by this problem and the Kilimanjaro region is one of the main regions of Tanzania that are most affected by this epidemic disease. In this region there are many children whose parents died of HIV / AIDS and few people and organizations are paying attention to this problem.

The people dying from AIDS on Kilimanjaro are young and old; many are married and have children. When their children die they are left with no one to take care of them and if it happens that there is a person who takes care of them, it is an old man (grandfather). At the end of the day, the grandparents fail to satisfy these children with their needs and as a result they flee to seek their needs in the streets.

Once in town, these children often end up homeless without an adult to care for them. Alternatively, many girls migrate to cities as domestic workers and, although they are not visible on the streets, they are increasingly at risk of being exploited in hidden domestic workplaces. Many girls and boys are pressured by circumstances and people into prostitution, face physical and mental violence, and are at high risk of HIV / AIDS infection.

Children who live and work on the streets are vulnerable to widespread and extreme violations of their rights. They have difficulties accessing basic services and suffer verbal, physical and sexual abuse. Few trust adults. Many perpetuate the abuse of their weaker peers. While these children may have a variety of skills related to informal income generation and survival, these strengths remain unarticulated and unacknowledged by society at large. This, combined with the fact that few of them have benefited from sustained formal education, means that these children generally find it very difficult to earn money legally. Faced with this situation, many are forced into crime and confrontation with the general public. A significant number of these children seek temporary relief from their situation through substance abuse. They are trapped in a cycle of poverty, violence and abuse. They are socially excluded; highly visible, mobile and on the rise. They are unable to access basic services, including schooling, which creates further social problems and demands on already overburdened services and the criminal justice system, and as these children age, they are at greater risk of contracting HIV / AIDS and having conflicts with the law.

There are few organizations in the Kilimanjaro region that specifically focus on providing protection services to orphans and street children. Even the few that exist are based in urban areas. This in some way denies the right to most orphans and street children who are in rural areas and need their services. It is time for organizations that care for orphans and street children to start extending their services to rural areas where there are a majority of invisible poor children most in need of their services.

As Kili Center advocates and commits to UN CRC, it has decided to provide protective services to them through the Transitional Residential Care Center. Through residential care centers, orphans and street children will be freed from all forms of violence and will have the opportunity to access their basic needs. Kili Center believes that "by committing ourselves to helping orphans and street children, we have the opportunity to give them a sense of belonging to the world."

What we do:
  • We provide a safe place for orphans and street children and youth.
  • We initiate and execute income generation projects for the Residential Attention Center.
Kilimanjaro Children and Youth Centre

The Farm

The Maize & Beans Farm

We rent a farm where we grow corn and beans at this time that we don't have a farm. The problem is that resources are required to run the farm.

Efforts are being made to secure funds to carry out this project, which will guarantee the food sustainability of the Centre and its orphans and street children and youth.

If you are interested in our work, do not hesitate to contact us for more information.