The 444 Project is committed to spreading JOY to the world! Tanzania, Africa is the home of amazing safaris and the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro. However, Tanzania also does not have the same natural resources as many of its African neighbors and struggles with poverty. Tanzania knows hard times, but Tanzania knows JOY; and we went to discover it.
We teamed up with Revive Service Tours again to spend two weeks serving at Falco’s Children Village. Our hopes were to bring JOY to the orphans and give support to those who have devoted their lives to raising them. Thanks to everyone who supported us on this journey!
Falco's Children Village
Tanzania is home to over 42 million people. Orphans under the age of 15 make up 7.7% of that population. That represents 2.5 million children! The already struggling country is having a hard time providing for these children. Falco’s Children Village was founded by two Christian missionaries who feel it is their divine calling to give these sweet children the love that they need. Tammy and Jerry have lived in Tanzania for almost 20 years now building orphanages. They currently have three orphanages in operation.
Falco’s Children Village is a unique orphanage. Located in North/central Tanzania, the village is built on 70 acres of land. It is completely enclosed to keep the children and volunteers safe. The plan is to have the village become self-sustaining. The children and volunteers will raise their own food, draw their own water, and provide for themselves. The orphanage will also provide medical care and an education and training that will provide its graduates the skills that they will need to be successful in life. This village will have 32 homes that will house 265 orphans.
We spent our time living and serving at Falco’s Children Village. We participated in building and farming projects. We also had the opportunity to teach, feed, and play with the orphans. We were able to stay in homes that are built for the orphans, which are currently empty. We were given the opportunity of a lifetime to brush shoulders with the amazing people that have dedicated their lives to spreading JOY, who give everything they have to give these children what they need. Close to the Children Village is a local community, which is struggling and also needs our help. We were able to spend time serving that community and brought hygiene and dental kits, and school supplies to donate to those in need.
Our volunteers had some incredible experiences while in Tanzania. We spent 2 of the 14 days that we were there on safaris to see first hand the magnificent wildlife that Africa is home to. We also had the chance to become fully immersed in the East African culture and experience everything that comes with that. For two weeks we lived as they lived, ate what they ate, and saw what they saw.
A BIG thank you to everyone who participated in this project in some way. We couldn't have done it without you!
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