Archive for April 10, 2008

Msamaria Kids move into bigger and better building – however help still needed

Around a year ago, Folkward Mapunda opened the Msamaria Center for Street Children to give a home to street children from Moshi and Arusha. He started by renting a small house for 25 children in Msaranga which gave them shelter, but was too small for much else. There was no kitchen, so food had to be prepared on a wood fire outside. Classes were held in the dormitory, in a very small room, and also outside.
With the coming of the rainy season, a move to a better site was necessary. On March 26th, 2008, Msamaria Center moved to Rau, in a site previously used as a Children’s center. The new site is bigger and has a large dormitory, large rooms for classes, an enclosed kitchen, a large covered shelter and a playground.

Although the site is bigger, renovation and supplies are much needed. Repairs to the supporting structures of some buildings are necessary for safety, and painting is needed inside and out. The children presently sleep on mattresses on the floor, and classrooms are bare without desks or chairs so that the children have to carry out their schoolwork on the floor. After a heavy rainfall recently in Moshi, the gutter surrounding the Center got blocked by rocks, tree trunks and rubbish and caused a flood.  By the time the children and staff were through with clearing it out the next morning, their clothes were in tatters. 

Zara and other individuals and companies have donated immediate money to meet the basic needs of the children. However, any funds, food, and clothes are still very needed and would be much appreciated.  If you can help Msamaria or require any more information, please contact Mr. Mapunda directly emailing to or volunteer Karen Cassini at  

Clearing the ground

April 10, 2008 at 12:27 pm 1 comment


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