Mariam

Mariam has been sponsored! She’s like a lot of 12-year-old girls. Mariam likes to read and sing and eat pizza (though she doesn’t get that often). But unlike most girls in Tanzania, Mariam wants to aim high to become a doctor. Female doctors are rare in a country where girls are encouraged to work in…

Angel

Five-year-old Angel is a day-schooler at Camp Joshua, which means that when classes are over, she goes back to her family in Unga Limited slum. At LOHADA, we know it’s best for children to be with their families. Though hers is poor, she is well loved and cared for. She only needs a little extra…

Yunis

Six-year-old Yunis loves to read books. The Camp Joshua library is like a miracle to her. Picture books, early readers, toys to help children sound out words. Almost no kid in Arusha has an opportunity to see books like these, unless they are LOHADA kids. And in the Camp Joshua library, Yunis can sprawl out…

Happiness

Happiness, who is 9, has aspirations to become an artist. At Camp Joshua School, she gets lots of opportunities to draw with colored pencils, crayons and pencils. She would love to create a greeting card for a new sponsor, someone who can appreciate her talents. When she’s not drawing, Happiness loves to jump rope with…

Patrick

This kid likes to run. On the soccer field. Around the Camp Joshua playground. Down the road. Maybe he likes to run because he’s pretending to fly. Because Patrick, who is 6, wants to be a pilot. He’s seen planes skate across the sky above the school. One day, if he works hard in school…

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…

Erik

Erik has been sponsored! Erik might only be 4, but he’s proud of his backpack, which happens to be black, his favorite color. Coming to school is a new for him, but he already likes health class and playing soccer during recess. He says he’s too young to know what he wants to be when…

Halima

Halima has been sponsored! She’s 13 and ready to take on the world. Halima’s favorite subject is geography. She wants to be a journalist, and to write about politics. Of course, she aspires to go to the university because any self-respecting journalist knows a lot about the world around her. And with your support, she’ll…

Daniel

Daniel has been sponsored! Daniel loves to play football (American soccer). His dream come true would be playing professionally for his favorite team, Manchester United. But, truth is, Daniel loves lots of things. Like dancing to gospel songs at LOHADA’s  afternoon devotions. And eating rice pilau on special holidays. And learning about science  at Camp…

Charles

Charles has been sponsored! Charles aims high. Maybe it’s because he shares a name with a famous leader or two, but this 12-year-old aspires to be the prime minister of Tanzania. We say, the sky’s the limit. Charles likes to read — also a good skill for a prime minister — and likes to play basketball.  Both are…

Gideon

Gideon has been sponsored! Fifteen-year-old Gideon came to LOHADA when he was eight. He will be forever grateful, he says, because LOHADA taught him to read and speak English. He likes science and math so much that he wants to be a doctor.  In his first year of high school, he is already making plans for when he graduates…

Debora

Debora has been sponsored! Each afternoon at Camp Joshua School, students participate in Bible study and devotions. Anyone who has attended can tell you, LOHADA Bible study rocks. The kids sing, play drums, dance and recite scripture. Debora, who is 10, considers this one of her favorite things about school.  She hopes to one day become…

Mount Horeb Farm

Southeast of Unga Limited slum, off a country road, Mount Horeb Farm is a peaceful 11-acre plot that is a site for sustainable farming and for learning. LOHADA grows multiple crops on the farm, including maize and beans, which help feed the children at Camp Joshua and Camp Moses. They also grow vegetables such as…

Golden Grace Hospital

GOLDEN GRACE HOSPITAL opened in January 2017 in Shinyanga, a city in western Tanzania near the home of many LOHADA children. The ministry provides low-cost health care to people in the community, including obstetrics, vaccinations, malaria treatment, x-rays and dispensing of drugs. The hospital charges a nominal fee, about 25 cents, for an office visit and a small fee for…

Hope where there was none

According to UNICEF about 71 percent of Tanzanian children live in absolute poverty. More than 73 percent have been physically abused. LOHADA children have suffered the most extreme indigence — theirs are the worst-case scenarios. About a third have been orphaned or lost one parent, often to HIV-AIDS. Others have been abandoned to the streets…