The Village

An award winning design

The plans for the children’s village in Mkuranga grew from the heart warming efforts of a number of people in Dar-es-Salaam, who could no longer stand by and watch the desperate need of the orphans in their town and in their land. Please don’t forget, that Malaika Kids didn’t just spring out of nowhere, you can trace its development back more than 20 years. Every day they work so hard to help as many children as possible, both in the existing orphanage and outside.

Malaika Kids wants to help these people do more – to give more children a better opportunity to build a better future. We can’t do that alone. That’s why we work with all sorts of agencies in Tanzania, who value and support the efforts of Malaika Kids. And with the villagers of Mkuranga, for whom the children’s village will also offer a brighter future, such as with a school and sports facilities for example.

The master plan in short

The family groups forming the most important building blocks can easily be seen in the master plan developed for the village. Each ‘family’ lives in its own family house. Four of these houses together form a cluster with a number of communal facilities. The whole village consists of eight of these clusters, with sport and playing facilities and educational buildings. Together this is a well organised complex, which at the same time is small scale and offers each child a safe haven.

Treating waste water responsibly

Although the water provision in the children’s village is well planned, clean water remains a scarce commodity where care is needed. The waste water also needs to be processed. Therefore the shower and washing water will be used to flush the toilets. The flushed waste water will be collected in two consecutive septic tanks and then cleaned further by a soak away. When the cleaned water eventually disappears into the land, it will no longer be polluted, so that the wells 80 metres further up will not be contaminated.

Rain water

The water in Mkuranga doesn’t only come from the land, but also from the air, and sometimes an awful lot! To ensure that there is no damage to buildings or land during the monsoon season, the rain water is collected and drained away as much as possible. This is achieved by collecting the rain water from the roofs in guttering and the water on the ground via a system of drainage channels.

Irrigation

Eventually we plan to construct more tanks where the rainwater can be collected from the central drainpipes. This water store can then be used for irrigation of ca. 10 hectares of land around the children’s village. The income from crops can then be increased, enabling the village to cover part of its running costs.