Arusha Project

July 26, 2007, 12:08 pm
Filed under: Abroad Program, Uncategorized


A month ago, we gave a loan to Lelito, a non-profit organization located in our neighborhood and that provides a free school for orphans and home based care for people with HIV/AIDS. Yesterday, we visited their organization for the first time to check up on their chicken project that they started from the initial investment of the loan. In a backyard coup, 150 broiler chicks (chickens for consumption, not eggs) have grown to midsize and in another two months will be ready to sell. From this investment, they project they will be able to earn a 3500 Tsh profit (close to $3) per chicken. Projects like these provide the financial support for their main programs as well as gain enough income to repay our loan.


Near the end of our visit, we dropped in on the day care and school yard where a group of children, and later women, surrounded us with song and dance. One girl, the top of her class, told us the story of the school. “We are orphans,” she said. “Our parents died of HIV/AIDS. Some of us are affected with HIV/AIDS… So visitors, please pray for us…”
Leslie, an Arusha Project volunteer, who brought an entire suitcase of toys to Arusha with her, handed out toys to all of the school children that day. The moment the toys came out of the bag, hands outstretched and smiles laced the room. A happy meal toy we would take for granted meant the world to each of them.


– Kaia


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