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Dear friends and family,

On behalf of Naomi Wallner and myself, I would like to thank you all for your donations and unwavering support.

During our first week in Tanzania we lived at the Volunteer compound just a short walk away from the orphanage. The Nkoaranga Orphanage cares for 30 children ranging in age from infants to five years old.

Soon after our arrival the Happy Family Children’s Village was opened and we excitedly moved in with 16 older children. At the moment the children in the Village range in age from five to eight, but the Village will continue to be a home for children in need until the age of 18.

Our mornings started bright and early to the pitter patter of childrens’ feet between 5:45 and 6:00 AM. Still sleepy from the day before, we would hop out of bed and assist the children in the mad rush to get ready for school. Once they were on the bus and off to school we proceeded to clean the house, which somehow would already be littered with clothing, toys, and food even though it was only 7:00 AM.

While the kids were at school we were able to make the 30 minute hike down to the center of the small Nkoaranga Village. Here we could either catch a dola dola (very cramped cab) into town or visit the younger kids at the orphanage.

After some fun playing with the babies and toddlers, or exploring Arusha we would make our way back up the hill by 4:00 PM in order to help the older kids with homework. After homework came playtime, showertime and diner. On several occasions Naomi, another volunteer, and myself made dinner for the kids, exposing them to some of the food we eat here in the United States. This included two very messy pasta nights and a taco night. Fun fact: taco means “butt” in Swahili. You can imagine the ensuing hilarity this brought on in anticipation of the meal. At the end of the hectic days we would coax the children to bed with the promise of bedtime stories. And before lights out each child enthusiastically accepted a bedtime kiss. Then once again we would pick up a broom, mop, or sponge to clean up the mess that was made, before we gratefully went to bed.

The month seemed to zoom by and it was very sad to say goodbye to all the wonderful children. It was an amazing experience. For any of you interested in volunteering at the orphanage, or continuing to support its mission, I would encourage you to contact They do a tremendous job taking care of the children.

3 years ago
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Naomi Wallner
Thetford Center, VT United States
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I am so excited to be traveling to Tanzania this summer with Claire! Volunteering for the Nkoaranga Orphanage is like a dream come true.



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