Life continues for Malaika Kids in both Dar-es-Salaam at the Reception Home and for the Relatives Support Programme, as well in the Childrens’ Village in Mkuranga. Here are some pieces of other news.
Our Reception Home in Dar es Salaam has recently taken in three girls aged between 10 and 13. One had been burned with an iron by her parent as some sort of ‘punishment’; two others had been raped (one has subsequently run away). As ever, we offer support and protection to the children while the local authorities investigate the case. We rarely know in advance if we may need to take care of the child permanently – in which case, we will transfer them to a family unit at the Children’s Village.
For three older boys we have found a six-month work placement in a nearby cashew processing factory. These boys all recently completed a short army-organised course aimed at training security guards. They had a few days of security work around the election itself, and now something a little more ‘permanent’.
We have decided to defer the planting of more fruit and nut trees pending the results of a review that is been carried out by the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester.
These are difficult times, and we are so grateful for your loyal support.
From November 25 to December 25, all your donations will be doubled, up to an overall target total of £30,000. In other words, if our donors can give £15,000, then MKUK trustees have pledged to match every penny themselves.