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How was Tuleeni Started?

Mama Faraji is a teacher at a local primary school grew up as an orphan herself and during her life she has come to realize that an education truly is the key to success. Mama Faraji is an inspiration to anyone that has the chance to meet her. She always has a smile on her face and is eager to help anyone she knows. Mama Faraji (Executive Director and Owner of Tuleeni Orphans Home) was staying with the Orphans since 2001 in her home but later on 2006 she decide to start an Orphanage after observing that the number of Orphans in her street increase so the possible way to help them is to keep them in the same area and make them live as a family. The reason pushes her to establish the Orphanage was to reduce the problems left to the children who are Orphans after the death of their parents.

There are a lot of things that separate Tuleeni from all other orphanages. The first and most amazing part is Tuleeni belief in education. Most orphans never have the opportunity to see the inside of a school building at all. Mama Faraji, however, spends $36,000 a year to send Tuleeni children to school! Tuleeni Orphans Home relies heavily on international donors and well wishers.

Currently there are 76 children that live at Tuleeni. There are also many children who only live at Tuleeni seasonally, as they are in private boarding schools (funded by international sponsors) or away at college and University.  In addition to all of the kids that live at Tuleeni, there are another 30 children that live somewhere else, similar to a foster placement, with extended families that Tuleeni supports financially!

Considering everything that Tuleeni does for these kids, it is no surprise that the orphanage running out of funds. When we have medical emergencies such as malaria, it tends to be taken care of by a volunteer who may be visiting at the time. Many former volunteers host small fundraisers upon their return to their home which assist with yearly school fees and food.

Tuleeni needs support in order to be able to continue to support these children, and send them to school and universities so that they can all have the ability to become leaders and give back to their community someday. A couple of the original children that Tuleeni took in are currently giving back to Tuleeni.

We have many students in college and university who are studying teaching, medicine, information technology, and business. We have students in nursing school, librarian school, and vocational schools.  In a nation where the tertiary education rate is as low as 0.7%, it is easy to say that none of these students would ever have had a chance at an education without the help of  Tuleeni Orphans Homes.

Why Tuleeni Orphans Home?

Tuleeni Orphans Home has been created to overcome the problems left to the children after their parents have died. In many families affected with the result of HIV/AIDS the children are left helplessness, hopeless and carelessness because no one could stand and look after them especially after their parents died. This is why there was a need for establishing Tuleeni Orphans Home, which its main objective is to turn back the hope, encouragement and care to the children who lost their parents.

Ownership

The Orphans Home is owned and operated by Mama Faraji under the board of trustees advised by the board of directors. Mama Faraji is the Executive Director, Founder and spokesman of Tuleeni Orphans Home. Therefore the chief executive director and founder is the “de facto” owner of the orphanage. As the owner she is obligated to work closely with the board of Tuleeni Orphans Home according to established and laid down procedures in the day to day management and administration of matters related to the growth and development of the orphanage.

Government Support

The fiscal capacity of government to improve the lives of the orphans and the condition of their care givers is extremely limited. Thus it is enabling to ensure adequate supplies to the orphanage. The orphanage requires monetary resources that it does not presently have and is likely to get in the near future.

Other Tuleeni Projects

Mama Faraji also works with women’s groups, typically widows, to teach sustainability. She starts by giving a piglet and seeds to the chairman of the group. Then the women must feed the piglet (from their own excess of food) and plant the seeds. In 9 months the pig will be able to have piglets (if a female) then the woman can sell some of the piglets in order to buy more seeds to plant trees and purchase a chicken in order to have eggs. They are required to plant a new tree every year and give a piglet to another woman when they can. One of these groups, in Uru, is now completely self sustainable and even used the revenue from their pigs to build a small home.

Since 2008 We have raised funds through private individual donors and organizations such as Neema International, The Faraji Foundation and Virtua Foundation. With that money we have purchased about 1 acre of land in neighboring Uru, Tanzania.  We have had this land from 2011 and we have built a two story house that can accommodate more children.