Heavenlight

Three-year-old Heavenlight (in the gray sweatshirt) has been best friends with Grace since the day she arrived at Camp Joshua in January 2024. Her mother was only a student herself when she got pregnant with Heaven and was not allowed to finish her studies while pregnant. From the Mara region, which is out past the…

Fatuma

Little four-year-old Fatuma has a similar story to a lot of the children who come to LOHADA. Her parents separated when she was a baby, leaving her mother to raise Fatuma as well as her two brothers on her own. Unfortunately, her mother currently doesn’t have a job and the unemployment rate in Arusha is…

Grace

Four-year-old Grace (in the yellow) came to Camp Joshua in October of 2023 and told us her dream was to be a sister. Only three months later, three-year-old Heavenlight showed up at Camp Joshua and they have been inseparable ever since. Visitors will find them clasping hands as they walk to the dining hall together…

Elia

This little seven-year-old loves chickens so he couldn’t be happier that Camp Joshua has a chicken coop filled with them right in the middle of its campus. All the kids at LOHADA have to help out with chores including washing clothes and feeding the chickens and cows so little Elia usually opts for filling the…

Farida

Farida came to LOHADA in 2019 at the age of seven. Now almost a teenager, she dreams of growing up to be a doctor and is studying hard to make that happen. Her favorite subject is math. One of seven children, her parents divorced when she was young and later her mother went to prison….

Godbless

At only four years old, Godbless is like most kids when asking what they would like a visitor to Camp Joshua to bring for him – sweets! A little charmer who likes to smile a lot, Godbless entered this world with a lot of disadvantages. His father abandoned his mother when she was only two…

Israel

Israel is a born storyteller and loves to tell stories to the other kids at Camp Joshua. Many kids here love being surrounded by so many other children but for Israel, one of eleven children in his family, it’s similar to being at home. With six brothers and four sisters, Israel’s mother has had her…

Aziza

Aziza came to Camp Joshua from rural Singida when she was only four years old in 2018. Now ten, Aziza loves it when volunteers visit the school so she can practice her English. Her outgoing personality has her always wanting to be wherever the action is happening and she likes nothing more than a good…

Elizabeth

Elizabeth comes from Musoma, a small village on the shores of Lake Victoria. With four brothers and one sister, her family struggled to keep up and twelve-year-old Elizabeth came to LOHADA to get a better education. Luckily, Elizabeth’s love of reading will serve her well and one day she can be a teacher or doctor…

Christina

Like many girls her age, Christina wants to grow up and be a mother. At eight years old she hasn’t had a lot of experience though. Christina’s own mother ran away and her father dropped her off with his mother soon after. Since coming to LOHADA, she has discovered her love for writing and enjoys…

Joseph

Joseph is Israel’s little brother by one year and one of the four siblings from his family at Camp Joshua. One of eleven children, his dad passed when he was only four years old and his mother struggled to keep the family afloat. Currently, Joseph loves to play football but his dream is to grow…

Abdulrazack

Little nine-year-old, Abdulrazack, likes to play with all the other kids at Camp Joshua out on the swings and seesaws. It’s one of his favorite things to do. He’s especially excited now that the playground allows a perfect view of the animal shelter that houses the school’s three cows and a new baby since cows…

Success Stories

Lohada aims to break the cycle of poverty and provide an education to disadvantaged children from all across Tanzania. Many of our children come from remote villages far from Arusha in which education isn’t always a priority or a reality. Here are just a few of our success stories. Meet some of the wonderful kids…

Donate for Walkways and a driveway at Lohada

A long overdue project is finally coming to life! This June volunteers will work on installing new cement walkways and a driveway across the Camp Joshua campus! This will finally allow our kids to move freely from their dorms, classrooms and dining hall without traversing the grass and ground that typically swells with rainwater. The…

Donate for Solar Energy at Lohada

The Lohada kitchens currently use a great deal of firewood every month which is both expensive and bad for the environment. Thanks to the generosity of a new donor, we have been able to finally upgrade to a clean, efficient, and sustainable solar solution. Help us reach our total project cost – we are 2/3rd the way…

Ernest

Ernest has been sponsored! Ernest, who is 7, is learning read and write at the same time he’s learning English. His teacher asks him to draw pictures of things (chairs, cups, tables) and then write their names underneath. Learning English is something LOHADA kids do better than most in Tanzania, partly because they have friends…