We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit, public charity working with a local community initiative in Tanzania to bring positive change and life-altering opportunities to vulnerable children whose families have been effected by the scourge of poverty, abuse, HIV/AIDs, alcoholism and a loss of hope.
Here in Babati, Tanzania E.A., we are working in conjunction with the support of the local community members & local government to operate the Manyara Holistic Centre (MAHOCE) which was formed in February 2007. MAHOCE currently provides free non-formal education classes open to children in the community, who because of impoverished circumstances, have failed to enter the formal education system. MAHOCE also runs a youth hostel which currently provides housing and full board services to 33 boys & girls who had previously lived on the streets, on their own, or in abusive households working as domestic servants; missing out on life’s basic opportunities such as school, adequate nutrition, medical attention, safety & security. In addition, MAHOCE also provides education, school supplies & healthcare to a further 45 vulnerable children living with individual caregivers or in boarding schools. Each Saturday we have counseling groups, a feeding program and distribute soap & school supplies for MAHOCE children who live outside the Centre. We also support young adults who have come up through our program at the University of Dar es Salaam, Sila Teacher’s College in Arusha and Vocational Education institutions.
Harambee is committed to bringing vulnerable children a more positive alternative than what street life offers. In partnership with the community of Babati, we are heeding the call to “defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.”
Thanks to our combined efforts these children now live in a safe and secure environment, have been enrolled in local schools and are having all their other basic needs met such as health care, daily meals, clothing and counseling. MAHOCE is also supported regularly with in-kind donations of food stuffs, clothes & school supplies provided by local businesses, church groups and concerned citizens.
In December of 2014 we had our first group of 7 students graduate from secondary school. Two of our girls is currently training as a seamstress & another began her studies at the University of Dar es Salaam in early 2016, after completing her Advanced Level studies. In November of 2015 we celebrated our second secondary school graduating class of five students. Many of them want to continue their studies in either vocational education training or to become teachers. One of our boys has already become independent, after training as an electrician through the support of Harambee & MAHOCE.
Harambee Foundation is open to all people of all creeds, faiths and denominations and our services are provided to all people regardless of religious preference. We do
provide Christian religious instruction, daily prayer, guidance and worship opportunities but do not require conversion in return for any service our programs we provide.
It is our hope that through our good works, Christ like examples, and through an
opportunity to hear the word of God, we may plant a seed that the Spirit may use to
bring others into a relationship with God through the finished work of Jesus Christ.