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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Megan Chiusaroli



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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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


How can shoes change a kid’s life? Wearing them prevents hookworm, a leading cause of malnutrition in Africa. Having them provides access to education, since public schools require them, and confidence to enter public buildings and church. Having none creates a stigma that sticks.

LOHADA kids need close-toed oxfords, tennis shoes and flats. Because shipping is expensive, the most cost-efficient way to put shoes on kids is to donate. Twenty dollars (U.S.) will buy a beautiful, sturdy pair of shoes that can be handed down from child to child. Donate here.