The Foundation For Tomorrow does not own or operate schools or orphanages; rather, we have hand selected Tanzanian-run schools and orphanages for partnership. All of our scholarship students are selected from our Partner Orphanages. This ensures that we have a clear understanding of their backgrounds and know exactly where they spent their early years. We also focus efforts on improving the Partner Orphanage facilities to ensure that our kids spend the beginning of their lives in environments that are as safe and stimulating as possible. These TFFT projects also benefit all of the children and staff at the orphanages.
Once part of our Scholarship Program, the children are placed in our Partner Schools, all of which are private boarding schools with exceptional instruction and care. At the moment the majority of our primary students study at Usa River Academy and the majority of our secondary students study at Star High School. It is important that the students are concentrated in a few schools for both logistical and emotional reasons. The kids feel a sense of unity that they are all a part of TFFT and enjoy growing up going to school together. The older students do a wonderful job mentoring and looking out for the younger students, and all the children are proud to be part of TFFT.
Having the children together in school also makes it simpler for our team to spend as much time as possible with the kids. Running Full Circle, arranging doctor appointments, attending teacher conferences, and organizing pickup and drop offs for the school holidays would be that much more challenging with the students in many different schools. TFFT has a very close relationship with the administration and teachers at our Partner Schools, and the schools often look to TFFT as consultants, frequently seeking advice and guidance.
The orphanage was first opened back in 1959 by a German nun who wanted to provide a warm safe environment for children who had most commonly been orphaned due to the death of their mothers from birth complications. At present it is a private initiative of the Evangelist Lutheran Church of Tanzania (E.L.C.T.). Located 25km from Arusha, it is a part of the Nkoaranga Hospital Complex. It’s physical location is in the Nkoaranga village up from the Kilala stop, near Makumira. The current facility was opened in 1997 and houses approximately 30-35 children ranging from a few weeks to 5 years old.
ELCT, Wir Helfen, My African Child, TFFT and a number of other individuals and NGOs in the area make everything at this orphanage possible. Mama Pendo runs the orphanage and has been there and involved for over twenty years. TFFT installed solar power and re-wired the orphanage in early 2009 after an electrical fire in the infant room, burning two children and one staff member. TFFT, through My African Child, also installed smoke detectors for the center.
Good Hope Orphanage
Situated on the Momella road up from Usa River Academy Good Hope houses kids from 5 to 18. Elisante Pallangyo and his neighbors near Arusha grew concerned over the number of orphaned little girls who were seeking employment as domestic help. The families hired these girls to protect them from prostitution. By 2003, the community knew it had to develop a more lasting solution, and the Good Hope Centre was founded to care for orphaned children.
Today, the Centre cares for anywhere from 60-80 kids at a time. The children that are not in the TFFT Scholarship Program go to Meru Peak Academy. The younger children (primary) attend informal classes at Good Hope, while the Secondary School kids attend school at the facility up the road. All national exams for both primary and secondary are taken at Meru Peak’s facility. Good Hope occasionally pays Meru Peak when funds allow it but the school gives them a lot of financial flexibility. After many years of not having water supply on the property where the kids and staff had to walk approximately half a mile down the hill to the stream, Good Hope now gets water from their front yard from borehole that was sponsored by the Harrow School through TFFT. Good Hope also has solar power and they use it only at night.
In January 2005 an American named Leo Tinkham visited the Good Hope Centre while exploring the African bush after climbing Kilimanjaro. He was moved by meeting children who, while parentless and needy, were well behaved, diligently practicing to learn to speak English, and determined to be happy with what little they had. He was equally moved by the devotion and selflessness of the caretakers he met. Committed to helping the children of the Good Hope Centre in an ethical and sustainable way, Leo returned home and enlisted the assistance of Interaction, a Washington, D.C. agency specializing in investigations of the legitimacy of overseas orphanages. Satisfied that Good Hope Centre is indeed a worthy mission, Leo established a non-profit foundation and a web site to publicize the needs of the Good Hope Children and to channel fund raising. Mr. Tinkham also connected with an American named Deb Kelly, originally from Connecticut, who now lives in Tanzania about a quarter mile from the Good Hope Center and runs a non-profit (www.jifundishe.org) to coordinate efforts for the orphans.
Matonyok Parents’ Trust
Matonyok is located in Olasiti, about a 30 minute drive from the TFFT offices. Husband and wife team, Emmy and Ndemno, founded the Parents’ Trust and began bringing in street children and abandoned children into their home in hopes of education and better life. On any given day, there are anywhere from 25-35 kids at their home attending day classes and staying overnight in the orphanage.
Emmy began as a nurse and Ndemno as a musician and farmer. From her experience in hospitals and seeing what happened to Maasai girls and street children they opened their home and have continued to expand to provide for the growing number of orphaned and abandoned children in Tanzania. Because lack of an adequate wash facility as well as toilet made the children prone to many more heath concerns, TFFT worked with Matonyok to build a sanitation center.
Emusoi Center for Pastoralist Girls
Emusoi means Discovery/Awareness/Realization
Emusoi Center seeks to provide and facilitate opportunities for education, both academic and vocational, for secondary school age Maasai girls; to enable each to become aware of her potential and worth as a person; to realize the value of education for herself and her community; and to engender a desire to discover ways to use her education to influence change for the good of her community. This is accomplished by giving young Maasai women a chance to continue their education beyond primary school level.
The need for Emusoi is two fold, cultural and educational. Emusoi addresses the need to help Maasai girls to continue their education rather than early marriage. Most Maasai girls are married just after puberty. Educated Maasai girls bring new ideas and development to their communities, especially in regard to the place of women in the community.
Emusoi Center offers a place for secondary school age Maasai girls to come and study in a safe and supportive environment. It was founded in 1999 in Arusha Town by Maryknoll Sister Mary Vertucci. Its purpose is to help Maasai girls continue post primary education by giving a remedial course to prepare them for high school and by finding them places in secondary schools.
Seeway Tanzania (SWTz) provides a home to orphaned and vulnerable children in Tengeru, close to Arusha in northern Tanzania. Seeway runs family-style houses, eight children maximum to a house, each house managed by a Tanzanian ‘mama’ and assisted by other Tanzanian staff.
By renting local houses, Seeway children live as part of the local community rather than being separated and institutionalized. The homes are safe, and comfortably furnished, providing an environment of peace where hurts can be healed, and hope for a future can be nurtured. The children arrive emotionally, spiritually, and sometime physically, bruised, but with Seeway’s love we see changes quickly.
Seeway ensures every child within their care has access to education and health care. To supplement their education and to provide a creative outlet, all Seeway children attend music lessons (keyboard, guitar, drums…) which they love!
SWTz was founded by Rebecca Jackson and Wendy Kelley who have been living and working in Tanzania since February 2004, together with Faith Edward and Frida Eberts, Tanzanians dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable children. Seeway has been registered with the Government of Tanzania since August 2006.
TACODA (Tanzania Community Development Alliance)
TACODA was founded in Tanzania to help future generations of Tanzanians overcome a life of disease and poverty. TACODA is a small organization, with about 13 street children (all boys), and was formed by a US counterpart, the Jim Arden Foundation (JAF).
TACODA’s founder is Donata Tarimo Arden, who was born and raised in Tanzania. Jim Arden, a retired US educator who traveled frequently to Sub-Saharan Africa to build schools, is the founder of JAF. TACODA and Jim Arden Foundation’s “partnership” provides these children with food, clothing, healthcare, schooling, emergency shelter, and an opportunity for a better life. Together with volunteers from the US and other countries, TACODA exposes the boys to the wider world and their opportunities within it.
Irente Children’s Home
Located about four – five hours South East of Arusha in Lushoto, Irente Children’s Home (ICH) is an orphanage that has been in operation for more than four decades in north eastern Tanzania. The orphanage is run by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, North-Eastern Diocese (ELCT-NED). ICH is one among nine institutions with a social service orientation run by the ELCT-NED.
ICH has the capacity for 35 children. The children live in a u-shaped building where they are divided in 4 rooms according to age. Infants from birth to age 2 are especially fragile. So the Northeast Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania provides a special children’s home for these at risk infants, whose mothers have died from AIDS, Malaria or other causes. When children reach age 2, they are placed with a foster family in their home village.
A group of older girls attending a 2-year pre-nursing course also live at ICH. The ICH staff consists of nurses, nurse attendants, a cook, a laundry man, gardeners, watchmen, a secretary, an accountant, and a driver. Often there are girls from abroad (mostly Germany) who stay at the ICH for around 3 months and work as volunteers.
Usa River Academy (URA)
Located in Usa River, Tanzania this is the boarding school where the majority of TFFT scholarship students attend primary school.
St. Catherine’s School
All girl Montessori school located in Lushoto (roughly 5 to 6 hours east of Arusha in the Usambara Mountains). Two TFFT scholarship students attend school here. We originally placed them here because Sister Ena at Irente Children’s home didn’t think they were old enough to attend URA and thought the distance might be too much for them.
Star High School
Located in Mbuguni village near the tanzanite mining area, about 40km from Arusha town, Star High is a secondary level school currently enrolling ordinary level (O’level) students with plans to expand to advanced level (A’level). Currently 12 TFF scholarship students attend Star High for secondary school.
Secondary Education for Girls’ Advancement (SEGA)
Sega is a secondary School for Girls located in Morogoro, Tanzania, where we currently have one of our scholarship students.