Better Living Conditions for 50 Orphans in Tanzania

Project location: TANZANIA, Kigoma
Project start date: March 2002 - Project end date: March 2003
Project number: 2001-21
Beneficiary: The Jane Goodall Institute


During 2002 - 2003 the Jane Goodall staff has been able to offer a healthy life to all their children, a complete educational, recreational and psychological well - being. They have been able to buy the mosquito nets, repair the boys' room door, hold a training course for all workers, give traditional drama training for the children, do a background survey and start the renovation of the boys' dormitory. At present, the center hosts 56 children: 28 girls and 28 boys.

Food programme

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


Pre-School programme
A group of seven children attends Pre-school in the local pre-school of Kigoma. They really show good improvement in drawing, writing, reading and counting. However, five of them will start Standard One in the next academic year 2003/2004.

Primary School programme

Twenty nine children are in local primary schools and continuing well with their studies in different classrooms.
Pupils sat for the National Standard Seven Exams Last Sept 2002.
Eight children sat for the National Standard Seven Examinations last September 2002. Up to now, Dotto Buroha and Gerald Martin have been successful, and were selected to join the Governmental Secondary Schools [Kigoma Secondary School 2003]. However, the staff is still looking forward to see the second selection, which is normally done in March 2003. Hopefully, more of the children will be selected to join the Governmental Secondary School as well.

Scholastic Tuition Programme

Pre and Primary School children follow the tuition Programme. Six teachers give tuition after school hours in the center. They teach math, science, language, carving, drawing, carpentry, roots & shoots (environmental education). The purpose of the tuition Programme is to improve the standard of education and to integrate carpentry and carving in the school curriculum. Everyday, the children follow two different subjects in two hours.

Secondary School Programme

Last November 2002, Novatus Martin sat for the National Form Four Exams. He is now waiting for the result, which will be out this April 2003. If his result goes well and he is selected, on July 2003 he will join Form Five. The rest of the students are still doing secondary schools in different schools and they are trying to do well in their academic works. Their future plans and dreams are to reach the University level. 

Vocational Training Programme

Four students are doing vocational training. They study very hard. Their vision is to become self-reliant and good productive members of the community.  Recreational programme
For these four months, children went out to the Picnic at Zungu beach. While at the lake, they play different games and learn how to swim. The other picnics were done at the center. A good example was during Eid AL-Fittr and Christmas Day. At those special days all children and workers shared talks, food and drinks. With all those refreshments, every one at the center was very happy.

Health programme

Some children had malaria, tummy problems and wounds. The nurse, childcare workers and all other workers at the center are working shoulder to shoulder to make sure that these problems are alleviated if not eradicated. However, the children at the center look healthy and happy.

Cows, sheep and goats programme

Every week one employee goes to collect fresh grass for the cows outside town. He usually collects it by car four times in a month. All cows, goats, and sheep appear healthy.

On December 25, 2002, the cow Lecce gave birth to a male calf called Emmanuel. Now they have eight cows. Since then, the calf and children are getting milk regularly. They also make some money from the milk project, which helps to pay for the salary of the kindergarten teacher and for some petty business.
The veterinary doctor comes to control the health of the animals once a month.

Income generation programme

The Sanganigwa cow project generates income by the sales of milk. The fund has been used for one salary and for petty business.

Ducks programme

At present they have more than 45 ducks. The children normally take care of them. The ducks are important food for the children.

Special programmes

Renovation of boys' dormitory

In the last report, they stated that the dormitory's condition was not conducive for children. Then, on 14 November 2002, they received the first phase budget from JGI-Italy. The first phase of renovation is ready. They are now waiting for the Second phase so as we can finish the whole work.

Creative activities

Thanks to Francesca Chellini, volunteer educator, children have the chance to be in workshops on art, drama, sculpture, drawing, painting, building, renovating. All material is locally available, and most of it recycled.

Francesca Chellini has grouped the children in three groups: Group A (4-10 years), the aim is to encourage the observation of nature and to support the development of creative and manipulating abilities by the hand making of objects. In Group B (11-14 years), the methodological instruments will be like group A [games and manipulation activities]. In Group C (15- 22years), the program consists of the preparation and set up of a theatrical work: from script to actors' make up, from settings to costumes. All in all, the entire Programme has the overall aim to develop creativity, initiative and self-reliance.

Integration Programme

During December 2002 school holidays, 12 children visited the villages where their parents used to live. While they were there, they met with different people in their communities and learned many things related to their cultural activities, and their daily activities. When the children come back, to the center, they often have a lot of information to share with other children at the center.

Traditional drums training

The traditional drum training started Dec 17 up to 21, 2002. The training has helped children to keep up to date on their culture and feel proud of it as part of their lives.
In that training, the first priority was given to the young children who are in Primary School rather than those in Secondary Schools and Vocational Training.

Gifts received from Italy

From September up to December 31, 2002, the center received four parcels from Italy. One of these was from Magistrate Silvia Ferreri and other three parcels were from JGI Italy. All were distributed to children during Christmas day. Likewise, on January 1, 2003 children received 53,050/= from Church believers at Catholic Diocese of Kigoma.

Sanganigwa Children's Home Working Groups (2002 -2003)

In the Sanganigwa Children's Home, there are four (4) working groups. Children themselves run these groups. The working groups help children to build up confidence and make them feel that what is in the orphanage is their property. In so doing, it reassures them on what constitutes Sanganigwa and its activities.
Children themselves within the orphanage carry out the above programmes. Children cultivate, plant and water vegetables in the garden. With the cattle programme, children feed and learn how to milk the cows. They often spend 20 minutes on these chores, after tuition.
Those in charge of the food programme (children) help the cooks to prepare the food, cook, wash plates, save and supervise the whole programme. They work when they do not have tuition session, i.e. they work before or after tuition hours.
Additionally, the educational group makes sure that all children are in their study rooms or study places on time, waiting for their teachers to arrive. This group normally makes sure that nobody misses the session with no reason.
After one week the children in groups have to change their activities. For example, a group that is dealing with food programme now, will, perhaps, be dealing with cattle next week. The same may be applied to other groups.

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