Rehema

Rehema likes to read and eat french fries. But she comes from a very poor family, with a disabled father and lots of brothers and sisters. In a country like Tanzania,  life can be especially hard for kids like Rehema. Being at LOHADA Centers allows her to attend a good school, fee-free. It allows her ample food, clothing…

Ernest

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 visiting from the United…

Phabian

This 14-year-old is like a lot of teenage kids. He likes to joke around, dance, eat hamburgers and ice cream and watch movies. But Phabian also likes to read. If he continues to work hard in class, he will soon be going to secondary school. Being at LOHADA gives him better chance at mastering the…

Sophia

This little cutie, who is 5 years old, loves puppy dogs and her preschool class at Camp Joshua. She is getting the chance to learn to read, and can explore all the picture books in the school library. Sophia likes to draw pictures, and would love to send one of her best creations to her…

Raymond

Raymond, who just turned 9, is all boy. His favorite color: Black. His preferred sport: Football. His spirit animal: A lion, of course. Raymond aspires to become a pilot one day. He has never flown in an airplane, but he likes to watch them move across the sky, and dream what it would be like…

Elisha

Eleven-year-old Elisha likes to play football (American soccer) and dreams about having a remote control car. He plays on the new soccer field at Camp Joshua School, but so far a toy car is outside his reach. His father died when he was only six, but he hopes to become a doctor one day, so…

Leah

Leah, who is 4, says her favorite activity is sleeping. (Who doesn’t love a kid who loves to sleep?) She might love it so much because Leah has a warm, clean bed in the young children’s dorm at Camp Joshua School. She and other preschoolers have the care of full time “mamas” and teachers to…

Catherine

Catherine, who is six years old, likes cookies, reading in school and the color blue. She says she wants to grow up to be her mom, who left her to her father several years ago. She was not treated well by her step-mother and so came to LOHADA. She lives at Camp Joshua School, where…

Joshua

Eight-year-old Joshua might think that his school is his very own, because it’s named Camp Joshua School. But he also knows the school has been helping kids like him before he was born. A solid education is critical to help children in poverty to succeed. So he is learning English, Swahili, science and health, math…

Abriella

Abriella has been sponsored! Little Abby is only 3, but that’s not too soon to help her learn and thrive. Studies show that the greatest brain development happens before age 5, so we at LOHADA are working hard to lay the foundation for learning early. Abby lives in the Unga Limited area adjacent to the…

Sheilla

Sheilla has been sponsored! Sheilla’s mother died when she was only one week old, probably from complications of childbirth. Never knowing the support of a mother, she was nonetheless raised by relatives until they became too poor to feed her.  Coming to LOHADA means she not only is fed, but gets the opportunity to get…

Lebahati

Lebahati is from a Maasai village outside of Arusha.  His name means “lucky boy.” You can tell from his smile that Lebahati feels lucky to be at LOHADA. The 10-year-old might is one of 12 children. His parents are separated and until he came to LOHADA he was raised by a relative. He loves learning…

Beatrice

Little Beatrice, who is five, likes frogs. And she’s pretty handy to have around Camp Joshua, because she also really likes to clean things. How great is that? When Bea is not helping sweep and pick up the puzzles, she’s learning all kinds of things: The alphabet, numbers, how to speak English and cooperate with…

David

David has been sponsored! David is six years old and from the Shinyanga Region in western Tanzania. He is one of five children, which makes it hard for his family of subsistence farmers to care for him and pay fees associated with school. So his brother and sister also live at Camp Joshua with him….

Sabina

Sabina, who is five, has been with LOHADA since she was three. She is shy, but warms up to you when she gets to know you. Sabina is among a group of young children who receives pre-school education at Camp Joshua School. Her family is so large and poor that she needed the extra boost…

Gertruda

Gertruda has been sponsored! Gertruda, 4, is a day schooler who lives in the Unga Limited slum with her brother Godbless and her sister Joyce. Each day, she walks to school, where she enjoys learning and swinging on the playground. Her ideal gift, she says, would be biscuits — the cookie type. Also pretty great…