Better Living Conditions for 50 Orphans in Tanzania, Second Year

Project location: TANZANIA, Kigoma
Project start date: February 2004 - Project end date: January 2005
Project number: 2003-36
Beneficiary: The Jane Goodall Institute



 At the time of writing, Sanganigwa Children's Home accommodates 60 children, 31 girls and 29 boys, from four to twenty-three years old. This report shows how the programme activities have been conducted in Sanganigwa Children's Home from January to April 2004.

JGI is thankful to the FERDINANDO PERETTI FOUNDATION (FPF) for being with us, supporting our Home. The FPF precious contribution allows us to offer a healthy life to all our children, education, recreational activities, and psychological well - being. We have been able also to encourage the children capacities, through  traditional drama training, acrobatic, and singing. We renovated the kitchen, refectory, classroom, and the office. We had again the opportunity to have Mrs. Francesca Chiellini, whose work with the children is extremely important.

 In April 2004 the Director of J.G.I. Italy Daniela De Donno Mannini together with Mrs Astrid Jangaard, Sanganigwa's founder, visited our Centre. They had a good discussion with children and workers, with the purpose of evaluating the progress of the project, and making new plans for the future of the Center. In particular, it was discussed about community integration programme; marriage ceremony and dowry for the children of Sanganigwa who get married; children rights Workshop; advertising Sanganigwa activities to the donors; Registration forms for Children of Sanganigwa; Health Education Unit project; Sanganigwa family houses programme; drainage system; renovation of the goats area, the play ground, the class rooms, the stores and the pit latrines; renovation of the girls dormitory; fire wood and charcoal programme; gardener's work; watchmen needs; Bagamoyo art school programme; new children in the program;  personnel, to mention just a few.




The children get the balanced diet as planned at the beginning of the year.


During these four months some children had malaria more than one time. In trying to eradicate the problem, we are now putting an anti mosquito product to each mosquito net covering the beds, and cleaning our environment by cutting grass around the dormitories.  We are also teaching the children to take care of the nets, and sewing the holes regularly. However,  we noticed that malaria is decreasing compared to the past.

The little child affected by AIDS receives medicines everyday, and she is doing better. Since last year we buy her medicines from the hospital of Tanga, and they are sent to us by courier.


Pre and Primary School children follow the tuition program at our Centre.  They are taught mathematic, English and Kiswahili language, drawing and roots & shoots (environmental education). Five teachers give tuition after school hours in our classroom. The purpose of the tuition program is to improve the standard of education, and to integrate the school curriculum with environmental education.

 Since September 2003, we had a student of Social Science from Ahadi Institute.  He has now finished his stage at our Centre.  He has been with us in the orphanage up to the end of April 2004. He helped us in managing the home, and making sure that every thing worked well for the welfare of children and the organization.


At present, thirty- two children attend primary school, and two attend pre-school in Kigoma Region. Nine pupils will face the National Standard Seven Exams this year.


Thirteen students are doing secondary school in the Region. Four of them are studying at Mwandiga Secondary School, out of town, seven girls attend Kibondo Girls College, one boy is at Kigoma Secondary School, and another at Kichangachui Secondary School. Among secondary school children, two boys (Mwandiga Secondary School) will finishing form four at the end of this year.



Ten students attend Vocational Training School. They study in different colleges. Five of them are enroled at Kigoma Region Vocational Training Schools: S. C. (Personal Secretarial Course) and H. K. (carpentry), N. C. (brick work), K. B. (tailoring), and N. M. (teachers teaching Course). Five students attend school in Rukwa Region: P. K. and B. K. (M.V. Mechanics), while the other three (M. S., M. P. and F. K.) are following tailoring courses.


Three children are going to finish their different courses this year. As far as Sanganigwa policy concerns, after finishing their courses they will be linked with the community, starting to manage their lives. Above all, other children in need of special care will have the opportunity to join Sanganigwa. JGI Italy and the Diocese of Kigoma will help the young finishing school by providing them with tools. In the table below the students who are finishing their courses this year.

 It is our hope that after their community unification, we will be able to welcome three new children at the beginning of 2005.


During these four months, workers and children had the opportunity to celebrate all together the picnic days at the beach, and New Year holiday. During recreational days, all children and workers shared talks, food and drinks.  Our "Daniello" recreational area is still visited everyday by our children and other children from town. They all play together. However, the boys and girls late in the afternoon play football or netball in their small playground. We hope that soon a better playground will be built. 



Currently, we have forty-six hens and three cocks. We often collect six to seven eggs a day produced by our hens. The veterinary doctor usually comes once in a month to control the health of the hens.


In April our cow called Lecce passed away.  She has left a little male calf. We will need to buy an other cow, to replace Lecce producing enough milk for the children.

The cows and goats remaining are healthy. At present, the Centre has 6 cows and 13 goats.  The veterinary doctor comes once in a month to control the health of the cows and goats.

Every week one employee goes to collect fresh grass for the cows outside town. He usually collects grass by car eight times in a month.




 (i) Francesca Chiellini /creative programme

 Juggling, acrobatics and  mimic Last year basis of juggling with foulards and balls had big success among children. This time they went on with exercises of rhythm and balance. Francesca together with children has made conscious the acrobatic abilities that most of children showed in the ordinary playing activities. The aim was developing awareness and coordination of the whole body and provide skills to be used in theatrical playing. The juggling instruments, Francesca has been practicing together with children. The workshop was also open to everyone preferably over 8 and has been taking place twice a week.   Puppets' Theatre

Puppets' theatre, together with other kinds of theatre, has been chosen to deal with themes linked to problems, that is prevention of illnesses and dangerous habits. That was a good and creative handwork exercise in itself, breaks the overwhelming concentration on production of text and interpretation that could be tiring for children. The workshop took place twice a week, and it was open to everyone interested.

 Handcrafts made with recycled stuff

Hand making of objects with poor instruments and materials was a great exercise for creativity and manual skills. The workshop was aimed at encouraging the production of handcrafts on which they could invest for economical purposes. For example some of the objects could be sold in the Centre, in order to support it economically. We've to notice that many of the children are already masters in that, we're just trying to give value and continuity to their skill, that is also aimed to development self confidence. The workshop has been taking place once a week.


Some typical European dances, like flamenco and polka and Tanzanian dances have been introduced. The aim was just enjoying with an art that was very dear and spontaneous to all children from Sanganigwa Children's Home and Sanganigwa Street Children that some of them commonly dance during yearly events.

 During the first week all activities have been introduced, than groups have been formed, and a timetable was established. Such time-table was compatible with other the activities of children. During her stay Francesca Chiellini did a wonderful job for the children, as well as for the whole centre. The work she has started in Sanganigwa will continue during the year.

It is our hope that each year she will be able to come for promoting new programmes, and making an evaluation of progress and comments.

 (ii)       Community participation

 The community of Kigoma town are close to our children, visiting the Centre regularly. They bring little presents, and a lot of love to them. Through their participation, the children feel to be cared for, and recognized like other children with both parents.

 (iii)      Water Storage (Poly Tank)

 We bought a Poly tank with a capacity of 5000 liters of water. This was a present from the citizens of Pelago (Florence) in memory of Alberto Del Lungo.

In order the Poly Tank to function well, we have built a special wooden seat where the tank is. The job is ready and the tank is operating now for the welfare of the children.

 (iv)      Renovation of dining room, kitchen and classroom

 The contribution of the Association Femmes d'Europe (euro 4750) enabled us to renovate the dining room, the kitchen and class renovation work. We have now finished the work, and believe we have done a good work.  

(v)       Quire group

 Sanganigwa children's Home has a quire, involving Sanganigwa and Sanganigwa B (street children) projects. The children prepare songs, and perform together. The quire is directed by Felician  Chiza.

 We are planning to start the renovation of the girls' dormitory. We also would love to  restore the old Afya ya Kinga building, and change it into a Health Education Unit, with a first aid room to assist the children.


Our appreciation goes to the local WFP, JGI-TZ, SATF, Diplomatic Women Spouses Group, UNICEF offices, and the Regional Social Welfare Department. We often cooperate by sharing different information concerning our work.


On behalf of Sanganigwa Children's Home, we thanks the Nando Peretti Foundation  for its financial and material support. We hope that you will continue to support Children's Home, which thanks to you is giving our children the chance to grow in a healthy and safe environment.

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