INTRODUCTION

CHILDREN FIRST ORPHANAGE CENTRE is an orphanage centre currently operating in Mjimwema, Kigamboni Municipal, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The orphanage centre was started on 2nd November 2011 after the realization that there were many orphans living in hard condition without shelter, food, health services, clothes and deprived of education service.

The centre started with a number of seven children from different regions of Tanzania including Mbeya, Morogoro, Dodoma, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar.

The aim of the establishment of the orphanage centre was mainly to make sure that marginalized children living in street are beneficiaries of permanent residence and other basic social services that children needs. Since its establishment the centre was subject to many challenges that were leading to the frequent shift from one location to another.

It took long time for the centre to meet the required standards imposed by the Ministry of Community Welfare. For example from 2nd November 2011 to 11th November we lived in a single room settlement where life was very difficult. We decided to hire another house with four rooms on 22nd Feb, 2012 where we could improve children welfare. We went on and on with this move in several occasions. So far we have a good settlement that meet the government standards for Orphanage centre.

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