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.

Learn more about our objectives.

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effect on me after I returned. I also didn’t know how I could possibly help: I’m just a high school student from Ohio with no money and no connections. I assumed my job would be to play with kids while the adults were working on other
We’re covering children from the storm of the world
– Director Happiness Wambura

For a several years, I have known about LOHADA, thanks to friends who have volunteered there. But I didn’t know many details, except that it was a center for adorable kids in Africa. Then my mother mentioned she wanted to visit LOHADA. I agreed, partly because any travel is amazing to me. In late June, Mom and I boarded plane to Tanzania.

I expected to love the trip, but didn’t think it would have a huge



Vacation with purpose

Tired of crowded tourist destinations and vacations that leave you feeling empty when you get home? Come to Arusha and join hands with LOHADA. Here, volunteers paint classrooms, teach English classes, help children write letters to sponsors and much more. In the process, they  adopt a new world view that changes them, even after they go home.

Come see the miracle that is LOHADA. To learn more about the volunteer program and how to apply, visit our VOLUNTEER Page.