Good Hope Orphanage, School & Clinic
Good Hope is dedicated to taking children off the streets and providing them with the basic necessities of life (food, love, and shelter), along with skills and education to provide them with a brighter future.
To empower each child in Tanzania to become leaders in their own communities, so that they may also see that no others go hungry, unsheltered, unloved or uneducated.
Good Hope was founded by Mama Asha, a woman who was inspired to help the community after she found a child in the streets and took her in. The child, Rayah, had lost her parents and had no one to care for her. Mama Asha’s daughter Fatma then became the foster parent of Rayah, and Mama Asha decided to do whatever she could to help more children in the community. She created Good Hope Orphanage for children who have lost their parents due to disease or accident, or have a parent who is too sick or poor to take care of them.
The Orphanage is now situated in a large house with 16 orphan children, ages 5 to 11. Good Hope provides a safe home, three meals per day, and clothing for the children. Meals include milk, tea, ugali/rice, beans/meat, as well as fresh fruit and vegetables when available. The orphanage is completely funded through volunteers, sponsorships, and donations provided by people who find it in their hearts to help.
The Good Hope Pre-School and Primary School provide the children from the orphanage and surrounding area with a proper education that they may not have been able to receive otherwise. It is currently a six-classroom building that teaches Baby Class (ages 3-5), Middle Class (ages 5-6), and Classes 1-5 (ages 7-12). Classes follow a strict lesson plan that is approved by the government and are all taught in English. There are approximately 170 children and 8 teachers, including the head master at the school. The school helps with the tuition fees of children whose guardians cannot afford to pay for their school fees. These children would otherwise be uneducated due to poverty.
In 2011, Good Hope worked with Just Us Friends Inc., a non-profit organization in the USA, to build a medical clinic on the school grounds to provide healthcare services to people of the rural community who otherwise would not be able to seek medical care. The clinic needs doctors, nurses, medical students and other medical professionals to volunteer at the clinic.