The Village Angels of Tanzania, Inc.
Morristown, New Jersey, USA
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MissionWe hire unemployed at-risk youths to deliver food and basic supplies to poor abandoned elderly people living in isolated villages of Northwestern Tanzania.
Our organization is located in the Ngara District, the northwestern corner of Tanzania, near Lake Victoria. It borders with Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
Our headquarters are in Kafua, 10 kms from Benaco and 30 kms from the Rwandan border. This is a remote area whose inhabitants survive on subsistence agriculture. This area, sadly, is renowned for the great influx of refugees from the devastating Rwanda genocide of 1995.
The center of our operations is in a 16-acre campus made available by the Franciscan Sisters of St. Bernadette (FSSB). The area provides ample farmland, irrigated by two water wells with solar-powered pumps, and three water tanks. It consists of:
- Rauscher Hall: a multi-purpose building with a training classroom / meeting room, and a warehouse;
- a chicken farm and a bee-house
- a guest house for visitors, with annexed Chapel
- a few utility huts
What We DoThe Village Angels program serves two acutely underserved groups: forsaken elders and at-risk unemployed young people in Northwestern Tanzania. We employ and train these youths to cultivate and deliver food, supplies, minimum health care and house repairs to the elders of our program. Most importantly, our youths provide companionship to a group of people who would otherwise be alone most of the time.
Our youths learn to farm our land, grow chickens, harvest honey, sew and weave. Most of their products are supplied to our elders. Some are also sold to help make the program more self sufficient.
We currently serve the needs of 80 elders. They currently range in age from 60 to 102, and two thirds are women. They are all very poor and live alone in isolated mud huts in the middle of the bush. We provide them with weekly food and water deliveries and with supplies, to help make their life easier.