Tabasamu is the Swahili word for “smile”. Our mission is to bring smiles to the faces of underprivileged children who are living on the streets and to orphans whose parents were victims of HIV/AIDS. We are located in the Arusha region of Northern Tanzania, with a view of Mt. Kilimanjaro from our front yard. At Tabasamu Child Care (TCC), we offer food, shelter, clothes and medical care to the children who now call it home. Our boys and girls attend a private secular school that provides instruction in English and Swahili.
In addition to our full-time residents, the orphanage provides day care and a hearty meal for children whose parents have no childcare options while at work. We started offering this service in response to a nation-wide problem of nannies abusing children in their care, sometimes to the point of injury or death.
TCC was founded by David Wella, in 2014. He began the orphanage with funding from his own salary as a teacher. He saw the great need in his community for quality childcare services and with a big heart opened TCC to take in the children who need cared for. David still supports the orphanage with his salary but is now accepting donations and volunteers to help cover the costs of raising multiple children in an effort to make his community a better place. David welcomes volunteers from all over the world who would like to have a direct impact on the lives of children in need. Volunteers can enjoy spending time with the children and be immersed in an authentic environment, learning about the true culture of Tanzania.
TCC employs 3 full time staff who cook, clean, and watch after the children. They live at the orphanage and are viewed as mamas by the children. The children in the care of TCC are well looked after, provided a clean environment and 3 meals a day. It is the collective goal of the TCC staff to ensure that all the children’s needs are met and they are able to enjoy a happy childhood.
TCC is a non-profit organization; all proceeds go directly to benefit the children involved. TCC has hopes to be able to expand the organization to a larger facility to house more children.