African orphanages: LOHADA helps poverty-stricken children and orphans from Tanzanian slums. To donate or  volunteer, contact us today.


Every child deserves hope for a better day — a day without hunger, without pain, without neglect or abuse. But for destitute children in the slums of Tanzania, hope is slipping. LOHADA is seeking to give it back to them.

This Tanzanian-run, non-profit organization runs four centers — in Arusha, Tanzania and in rural, northern Tanzania — serving hundreds of impoverished children and their extended families, as well as elderly people exiled from their communities.

LOHADA strives to empower families by educating children and helping their guardians to break the bonds of prostitution, alcoholism and abuse; and to be a guardian to children who have no one because they have been abandoned, orphaned or abused.

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To prevent young children from going to the streets, to help their families provide proper care for them and to provide quality services and advocate justice for the destitute elderly.


To allow disadvantaged children and elderly people to live decent lives, equipped with a lively hope and a new purpose.

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her I wanted
to come back and volunteer. The impact of our short visit stayed with me long after, and I felt compelled to stay true to my words.
We’re covering children from the storm of the world
– Director Happiness Wambura

I first came to LOHADA in January 2014 for a day-visit after climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. A portion of my trip cost had been donated to LOHADA, so our group came to visit the children and learn more about the organization. I was instantly moved by Director Mama Wambura's story and the smiling, loving faces of the little children who greeted us. I remember hugging Mama and telling



LOHADA’s goal is to protect children from abuse and poverty. Raising them in LOHADA centers drastically improves the quality of their lives and provides them with an education, but it is only a partial solution to the large-scale poverty cycle in Arusha. Women in the slum have very few ways to make money, so LOHADA has created a business to employ mothers of children enrolled at the school: Making beaded sandals, which are then sold worldwide. This opportunity not only helps provide economic stability, but keeps women out of prostitution and alcohol production. That benefits the culture of the entire neighborhood. To buy the sandals, contact:

Making Mothers Self-Sufficient