Orphans Africa (OA) is a 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt charitable organization that began in 2007 with the coming together of three ordinary people whose desire was to build peace between nations by providing assistance to those who are most vulnerable.
All three OA schools are operated according to a model of self-sustainability. Meaning, that once the school is operational, fully constructed, and registered with the government, it is capable of supporting itself. OA’s model combines tuition-paying students with fully-dependent orphan students. Tuition received from parents of non-orphan students covers the costs of teachers’ salaries, school operation, plus the room and board of the orphans. Also, by combining non-orphans with orphans, social stigmas and prejudices are reduced as opposed to being reinforced through orphan-only schools.
OA believes in development, not aid. Development at the grassroots level empowers people to rise to their own giftedness, to break the cycle of poverty, and to one day declare, “We have overcome.”
Where OA Works
Orphans Africa solely works in Tanzania, East Africa. Click here to see the project site location map.
School #1: Marilynn Primary and Nursery School, Majohe, Tanzania
The Marilynn Primary and Nursery School is OA’s most advanced school, offering one of the highest levels of primary education available in Tanzania. With a library, a computer laboratory, and all-English instruction, the school gives over 250 students a strong educational foundation in preparation for secondary school. Click here to learn more about this school.
School #2: Mwaji Secondary School, Bujela, TZ
Located in a remote village in one of the most poverty-stricken regions of Tanzania, the Mwaji Secondary School serves orphans who might otherwise receive no education. In Tanzania, parents must pay to send their children to secondary school, but our school is free for the orphans. Currently, the Mwaji Secondary School serves over 120 orphan students and is working hard to provide them with not only a quality education with laboratories, library, and sports fields, but a secure place to live on campus with dormitories, kitchen, dining and assembly halls. Click here to learn more about this school.
School #3: ISANDULA CENTER (MOPRO Secondary School / Mbozi Nursery School)
In 2008, the local community donated 80 acres in the Mbozi District of Western Tanzania for the development of the ISANDULA CENTER: composed of a boarding school and vocational training center for secondary students, plus a nursery school. (Approximately one-third of the children in this remote region of Tanzania are orphans.) Because the land grant is so large, orphans will be able to raise their own livestock and farm the land, learning animal husbandry and sustainable farming practices in addition to their regular school studies. Click here to learn more about the Center.
Business Development for Widows
Many of Tanzania‘s three million orphans are being raised by widows, often their grandmothers. Denied the same rights afforded to men, widows struggle to put food on the table and often have a dozen orphans to feed. Orphans Africa wants to help these widows find the means to support themselves and their families through providing microloans and/or grants. A little seed money properly sown can enable a widow to start a business. Click here to learn more about business development for widows.