I still recall those early days when our shelter housed just 5 children: Christian, Hassan, Riziki, Said and Erick. At the time, our premises seemed too large for our needs and we were desperate to raise the funds so that we could offer shelter to more young people. Fast forward 2 years, and now our concern is how to choose between a child with no living parents and a child who has been abandoned by his or her parents.
I now spend most of my time in Tanzania, living and working alongside our staff, volunteers and young people, which has given me a real insight into the local culture. Yet when it seems that I have seen the worst of poverty, another home-visit or another encounter, quickly challenges my assumptions.
The last year has seen a major expansion of our work. Aside from sheltering vulnerable children, we provide numerous services that
seek to tackle child and youth disadvantage in different ways, from informal learning to microfinance and community housing. These
priorities are set by staff and volunteers on the ground, who identify needs, innovate and pilot new interventions. I hope that this report will also create new understanding of these initiatives.
I am very pleased to present our Annual Report 2020 which outlines our achievements. In the last year, 4,745 people have benefited from our services.
You can download the report here.
I am sincerely grateful to all our donors for listening to the stories of our children and young people and coming to their aid. I am also very grateful to the UK and Tanzanian Boards of Trustees for their advice and guidance and to the Tanzanian staff and volunteers for hosting me in Moshi, Tanzania.