About

This page is dedicated to providing information on the background and future plans attached to the Msamaria Center for Street Children.

Street Children in Moshi

There are around 100 street children today in Moshi, with ages ranging between 8-18. It was after living with the street children for three months that Mr. Folkward Mapunda decided to start “Msamaria Center” for Street Children, as a safe haven for the Street Children of Moshi.

The Street Children in Moshi are all vulnerable and exposed to the temptations and dangers of the streets, as a result many of them addicted to alcohol and drugs. Usually these children do not attend school and attempt to support themselves by collecting and selling scrap metal.

Most of the kids on the street have lost their parents in HIV/AIDS or other diseases.

Msamaria History

The Msamaria Center for Street Children was started in 2007 by a group of social workers and a church organization. The group had identified that there was a strong need to take care of vulnerable children on the streets of Moshi.

The UN’s ”Convention of Right of Children” was adopted by Tanzania in 1991. This convention is the foundation for the work at Msamaria.

At Msamaria the children are given:

  • Protection and a safe place to grow up.
  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Education

”Last but not least we give them love and let them play”

(Folkward Mapunda, Director of Msamaria)

Msamaria today

Street children, orphans and homeless children, both boys and girls, are welcomed at the Msamaria Center for Street Children.

In total there are 58 children have been taken care of by Msamaria, but not all children are full time residents at the Center; 34 children stay at the orphanage, 18 are in boarding schools and 6 are placed in local home-stay families.

The children are usually taken in below the age of 11 and can stay in Msamaria until they are at least 18 years old.

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Activitiesat Msamaria

The most important activity the Msamaria children undertake is attending school. This is the foundation for their future life.

Out side of school hours, or for those children who are not fortunate enough to be able to attend school due to a shortage of funds, the Center promotes activities aimed at helping the children develop and have fun.

The center supports:

  • A playroom with toys
  • A football pitch
  • A computer room
  • Drum and dance-lessons
  • Literacy classes

To help improve self-funding at the center and provide the children with an interactive learning environment the center has an established ‘chicken project’ and ‘fishpond project’.

Football

Playing together

Challenges

Child Welfare

Many of the children who come to the Msamaria Center for Street Children have been abused, beaten and/or are addicted to drugs; as a result many of our children suffering from traumas and lack stable family relations.

It is our responsibility to ensure that children who come to us from these circumstances are cared for correctly and receive the help they require.

Funding

The need for more funding is always present. Msamaria receives no financial aid from the community and staff are not always paid a salary.

A lack of funding prevents Msamaria from taking in more children, sending all the children to school (due to payment of school fees) and making vital maintenance repairs on the property.

Premises

We have outgrown our current premises and hope to raise enough money to buy our own plot of land in Moshi, so that we can build a large permanent residence. At present the dorm style rooms -which the children sleep in- are simply too small to house all of them. That means that some children need share beds

Future Plans

“My dream is to expand and improve Msamaria even more. Many more children need our help and each and one deserves a good and safe home. “

(Folkward Mapunda, Director of Msamaria Center for Street Children)

To make this dream come true the Center needs to raise enough money to purchase three acres of land within ten kilometres of Moshi city center (so that it is walking distance for staff, volunteers and children), which has access to utilities such as water and electricity.

Once the land is purchased the Center will need to continue to raise funds to make building our dream Center possible. This Center would include:

1. One acre for buildings.

This should be enough space for:

  • 4 boys dormitories
  • 2 girls dormitories
  • 3 offices
  • A nursing room
  • A library and play room
  • 3 classrooms (for non –formal education programs and evening programs)
  • A kitchen
  • Inside and outside toilets
  • A washing station for laundry and washing pots
  • A meeting room
  • A food store
  • A clothes store
  • Rooms for volunteers
  • A shaded outdoor area for colouring, playing and music lessons.

 

2. One acre for farming and gardening activities (Including a chicken house).

3. Half an acre for a play ground (football, netball, basket, swings).

4. Half an acre for a fish pond.