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. Six of these houses together form a cluster with a number of communal facilities. The whole village consists of two 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.
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. An 800,000 liters basin collects all the surface water from the village and used for irrigation during the dry season.
Now, 2022, the Village has a capacity of 100 children. All living in houses with approx 10 brothers and sisters and a loving and caring mother.