Our Vision: Songea's Kids mentors and provides seed money to help Tanzanians meet the basic, health and educational needs of their orphaned children.
Our Mission: Songea's Kids collaborates with Tanzanian partners to bring life and hope to orphans by establishing self-sustaining programs and building infrastructure such as Hope Village.
Linda Hines, President of Songea’s Kids, will lead a tour group to southern Tanzania July 8-28, 2018—her 8th trip to the region. This is your opportunity to see Songea’s Kids’ programs in action, meet the orphan child you sponsor, and/or talk with our partners at Jirani Mwema and Hope Village Organization, as well as villagers. A safari in Ruaha National Park is included in the tour so you can enjoy the beauty of Tanzania and its animals. The tour group is limited to 15 people. Child and education fund sponsors, and other donors to Songea’s Kids will be given preference if more people than 15 apply. Participants pay all of their expenses.
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Songea's Kids Friends-to-Friends Trip.
This year's keynote speaker was Nashon Kikalao, CEO of Hope Village Organization (NGO) and Project Manager of Hope Village construction. Nashon led the development of Hope Village in Tanzania and formerly led Jirani Mwema directing the care for our children. Nashon and his wife live in Songea, Ruvuma, Tanzania.Nashon spoke about the amazing progress in building Hope Village in Lutukira, including the Rotary Health Care Center, as well as the inspiring success stories of our Songea's Kids like Fatuma Saidi who now dreams of being a doctor.
Hear first hand from Nashon how lives have been transformed and how Hope Village will help even more children by watching his address.
July: Hope Village (HV) hires local Construction Manager ☆ Masonry grads hired to train locals to make interlocking bricks
August: Final HV design completed by Sundberg Architectural Initiatives ☆ Road constructed into and through HV ☆ Madaba District Council allocated funds for road ☆ Madaba Member of Parliament gave funds to immediately start paving ☆ 40,000 bricks made and ready for exterior and interior walls of HV Health Care Center
September: Seattle architect, construction expert travel to HV, mentor local construction manager, oversee construction
October/November: Trained local workers to pour foundations, build exterior/interior walls ☆ Windows and doors installed
November/December: Roof trusses installed, building roofed ☆ Workers continue making bricks for vocational classroom
Install solar pump, water storage tanks, pipes for Health Care Center (HCC) ☆ Equip HCC rooms with furniture, instruments, medicines ☆ Have HCC accredited by government health officials ☆ Celebrate HCC dedication ☆ Put HCC operations budget in place ☆ Hire HCC physician, nurse other staff ☆ Accept HCC patients ☆ Equip and staff vocational classroom ☆ Admit vocational students for classroom and on-the-job masonry and carpentry training to help construct future Hope Village buildings.
Help build a better future for our children, go to the donate page and help fund these goals.
This video explains the mission of Songea's Kids, the vision of Hope Village, and the recent progress in making this a vision reality to serve the orphans and people of Lutukira village. Since this design project began in 2009, many updates to the original plan have been made--using local materials, local labor, and updated building designs. We are excited about the 2017 visits to the site, the start of construction, and the progress. Watch the video below to learn more about the progress and how you can help.
To understand the history of Songea’s Kids orphan care project and plans for Hope Village, please see the 2012 video on the Hope Village Page, as well as updates about the work underway!