CAMP JOSHUA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL is where learning happens and where kids are loved. Opened in 2005, it is a primary school for 200+ children from the Unga Limited slums and from a remote village in western Tanzania outside of Shinyanga. About 100 students (both primary and secondary) board at the school.
The pre-Kindergarten through Level 7 school has a staff of 21 which includes eleven teachers, three caretakers, three social workers, a night watchman as well as a host of others that feed and educate the children in our care. All staff salaries and food costs are paid by donor sponsorships of the children.
Children learn mathematics, social studies, English, Swahili, computers, science and art. At Levels 4 they take National Exams, and then again at Level 7 to determine if they qualify for secondary school. On average, 90-95 percent of our students pass their National Exams, despite the fact that many come to LOHADA delayed because they have been unable to attend school up until now.
Late afternoons find the children singing spirituals and dancing. Some students return to families in the slums; others who live at the school take their meals, study in the library and play soccer and netball in the yard.
CAMP MOSES is where LOHADA started its first school. As more and more children were taken in, LOHADA moved its main campus to Camp Joshua in order to have enough room to house nearly 100 children.
Today, our Camp Moses campus is used to house and feed secondary students who have graduated from Camp Joshua but continue to need a place to live and hot meals. They attend a local government secondary school but still receive funds and help from LOHADA and will continue to receive help all the way through university if needed. LOHADA’s goal is to see these children through all the way into adulthood so they can become productive members of society.