Loving care from one of the House Mamas in the Igoda Children’s Village. Please help us keep a good roof over their heads.

Our target of £4,000 will allow us to do essential repairs.
A monthly donation can allow us to plan, or a single donation of £50 will buy a big drum of roof paint, £10 a single sheet of roofing material. Please click  on the donate button  and give what you can. Thank you! 

Or here’s a good way to start our Christmas appeal – a wonderful book which will make an excellent present. Flying Snakes & Green Turtles – Tanzania Up Close

This entertaining book describes the life and adventures of Geoff Fox MBE and his wife Vicky, founders of Foxes Community & Wildlife Conservation Trust (FCWCT). There cannot be too many couples who can claim to have run an East African tea plantation, discovered the cause of a virulent cattle disease, fought off cattle and ivory poachers, help the local population fight off the deadly HIV/Aids, set up an orphanage, schools, outreach and wildlife a conservation programme – but such is the life of Geoff and Vicky Fox. Their story, much of which is extremely funny, and so much more, is described in this wonderful book which costs £15 plus first class £3.45 or second class postage £2.95 for the UK.
100% goes to OITW.   If you would like a book, order through our Golden Giving donate button above, fill in the details and in the comments section, add ‘Fox Book’   Thank you.

Here’s another easy way to help us raise £4,000 we need to repair these roofs – AT NO COST TO YOU! The Giving Machine links to over 1500 well know retailers and it’s very simple to use. Please have a look and help maintain the welfare and security of the children in the Igoda Children’s Village. Click here to see how it works and chose Orphans in the Wild as your cause:  https://www.thegivingmachine.co.uk


A few Snippets from Mufindi

Outreach Medical Help –  

Our two medical Volunteers have arrived in Mufindi. Dr Leena Pasanen, and Dr Bodil Sandin (Dentist) They have also brought with them other short term volunteers including ‘Dentists Without Borders’ from Sweden. They are making such a difference.

A post from Dr. Leena: Oct 20thWe visited this lovely lady on Monday. She had difficulties with walking and fell down on and off. We found the walker at Mdabulo Clinic store which is a big help to her.”  These items were donated by container from us here in the UK, sourced from many donors.

To catch up with activities, do visit our Facebook page, there are some lovely posts. This one is of a gorgeous little toddler helping House Mama with washing, like all kids they love helping and getting soaked at the same time!

The Children’s Village

is home to some special needs children and young adults.  Hezron, pictured here,  has Cerebral Palsy. Both his parents and aunts died of HIV/AIDS when he was very young. His grandmother was his sole carer, but because he was unable to walk and had become too big to carry, she had to leave him at home most days on the mud floor. As a result, he became very sick and began to suffer. The village council, along with his family, asked if Hezron could live at the Children’s Village where he would have access to the health care and educational services he needed. Hezron is still not able to walk but is thriving, and always smiling! Since the provision (thanks to a kind donor) of transport, he can now attend school with his one-to-one carer, Stefano, who also helps him with physiotherapy exercises and general needs. The one-to-one care is provided by the Children’s Village/FCWCT. Hezron lives now at house No 3 with the older boys and Joseph the house father. Because of his needs, the Children’s Village remains Hezron’s home, he has been part of our family for 12 years, even though he is now well past the usual maximum age of 18.    Three other of our children have full time carers, a young girl with mental health problems, a 6-year-old boy who has several epileptic fits a day, despite medication, consequently retarding his physical abilities and the severely burnt young 15-year-old girl now been with us a few months. The care and dedication of our mamas is invaluable.

Reaching Out – In 2014 FCWCT initiated a social welfare programme, based on earlier valuable work done by Project Leaders Geoff Knight & Jenny Peck, who have now after 10 years returned to the US, and appointed its own trained Social Welfare Officer, Joseph Majembe. 

When families suggest that children can return from the Children’s Village to live with them again, Joseph assesses the proposed arrangements, liaises with the village councils and government officers. Once all is agreed, he monitors the children on a regular basis. He offers advice and practical assistance. Sometimes small things, like the cost of a pair of shoes or exercise books for school, can make a huge difference to a family’s well being. Joseph regularly visits the 16 villages in the project area, seeing families who are struggling to cope, alerted by the village elders or our own village volunteers. Often early intervention can prevent a child needing additional care and therefore keep the family together. He is also called by the Village Councils alerting him to other vulnerable children who need our help.

Thank you for all your support without it none of these activities would be possible. 

If you would like more information, please contact us.



Goodnight, Sleep tight – The New Mattresses and Bedding Have Arrived!

 Great excitement!

The children & staff at the Igoda Children’s Village are very excited at the arrival of the new bedding, purchased through your wonderful help. As we reached more than our target we can also repaint the children’s houses so they are as bright as the bedding!





Some of the Mattresses arriving in the one of the three lorries, all hands on deck, children and staff helping.

thank you 

once again, for your generous contributions!


July 2018 News

HALIMA: We were approached by Julie Hepworth, Founder of Water for Africa, Australia to help a young 14 year old girl from Mafinga. Halima fell in a fire a few years ago, abandoned by her mother, her father dead, lived with her elderly grandmother. She is terribly burnt, has several epileptic fits per day and there other medical problems. She has undergone three plastic surgery operations sponsored by them for her eyelid, a neck  release and the most recent on her hand to enable her to use her fingers.  We are pleased to let you know we were very happy to include her in the Children’s Village to receive the love and care she so deserves and needs.

She has now been with us for almost a month. Sheree, our volunteer nurse, has taken her to the Unilever Hospital for tests to get her medications up to date. She lived with her elderly grandmother who was unable to care for her nor afford her medications, so was being neglected. Halima needs a lot of help with feeding, cleansing and dressing and now has a full time carer to look after her. She is a special girl who comes ‘alive’ with company, she does miss her grandmother but we will make sure she gets to see her! In the meantime, if you would like updates on her progress please let us know.

LOUISVILLE UNIVERSITY, KANSAS MEDICAL STUDENTS27 University of Louisville Medical students arrived at the Children’s Village, including a few tutors. They stayed at the Volunteer houses which created quite a challenge for electricity, water, transport and translators. This is the fifth year running they have been, the biggest group yet, together with 45 bags of medical items which will certainly boost our stocks. 

They are an amazing group of people and they made a tremendous difference to those who needed medical attention in outreach villages. At the few clinics spread over a very large area covering over 35,000 villagers, there are only medical officers, no doctors. To have so many doctors treating the patients that kept coming was not only rewarding but a huge benefit to Mufindi.

The Medics used three local clinics, Mdabulo, Igoda and one at the Children’s Village, they also went into remote villages and set up clinics in the school rooms.  

There were three Dentists amongst them who used the Dental Clinic set up by Dr Bodil Sandin at the Mdabulo Hospital. There are no dentists in this very rural area except when Dr Bodil goes for a few months of the year and the Dentists without Borders that she organizes a couple of times whilst she is in residence. They treated hundreds of children and many adults.

A HUGE thank you to each and every one of those medics and Water for Africa Au. for sponsoring Halima. 


T H A N K   Y O U    for your amazing help – we’re now well on our way to providing the children with the bedding they need. Please share so we can give them ALL a good night’s sleep!
Buy a child a mattress, give a pillow to rest their weary heads, a blanket for the cold nights of winter.
£ 25.00 = a new mattress
£ 10.00 = a pair of sheets
£ 6.50 = a blanket
£ 5.00 = 2 pillows
Please help. DONATE NOW

‘Goodnight, Sleep Tight’

New Bedding Needed For A ‘GOOD NIGHT – SLEEP TIGHT’

Our family of 60 orphaned and vulnerable children, aged from just 4 months, go to 
school and nursery, they play and help their house Mamas with jobs. They get very 
tired by the end of the day but their bedding and mattresses are now old and 
uncomfortable. They need to be replaced through local sources, so we are asking 
if you can help in getting them some new bedding. Buy a child a mattress, give a 
pillow to rest their weary heads, a blanket for the cold nights of winter. 
£ 25.00 = a new mattress 
£ 10.00 = a pair of sheets
£ 6.50 = a blanket 
£ 5.00 = 2 pillows 

Orphans in the Wild ( UK Reg 1113719) supports the Igoda Children’s Village in Mufindi 
Tanzania, which is run by Foxes NGO. This small, locally based NGO has done an 
amazing  job over the past twelve years and all donations are used directly on the 
ground in Tanzania for the benefit of the children. If you would like to know more, 
please contact us. 

Please also share this post with as many friends/contacts as you can.
Thank you for your help

Our Visit to Mufindi – February/ March 2018

A short diary of Julia Ostler’s and my visit to Mufindi Feb/March 2018. We Thoroughly enjoyed it, had lots of interaction with the Kindergarten, babies, had chats with the older children about their likes, dislikes and ambitions, went out with Doctors Leena Inkeri Pasanen and Bodil Sandin on their outreach visits so we could see and understand the difficulties of the villagers, got lots of statistics etc for grant applications etc. We had the most wonderful welcome from the house mamas with lots of hugs. Our house mama in the volunteer house looked after us really well and is an amazing cook, would love to know how she cooked all those veggies to taste like they did! What a fantastic place the Children’s Village is and would like to thank all the local Tanzanians who care for the children, who do all office work, livestock, vegetable/fruit fields and new Greenhouse tunnel not forgetting all of you who support us one way or another. Patricia Marion Gough OITW Trustee.

DIARY-NEWSLETTER February -March 2018

Crowle 10K Run by Gemma Cheetham

Thank you so much Gemma for sponsoring The Children’s Village, especially as you haven’t been running that long and it was your first official race achieving a good race time too !

You have raised £285 which will go a long way in Tanzania. The children get a mug of very nutritious porridge like mug of Uji daily at 10 a.m. which costs £6 per month. Uji consists: Ground Maize, Millet, Rice, Peanuts, sometimes Soya Beans, Sugar boiled in Water. https://orphansinthewild.org/gift-vouchers/

Well done Gemma!

The entrepreneurial older boys at the Children’s Village!


The older boys in House No 3 have started their own chickens project by building themselves a chicken banda behind the house. They are learning to care for the chickens, hatching eggs and selling the odd cockerel with a view to boosting their earning skills for their independence etc. and enjoying their pocket money!

Another individual project by young enterprising, Fanuelle, growing pine trees and vegetables from seed and then selling them to local villagers and he also goes to the monthly travelling market with Joseph, his House Guardian.  Joseph is also the Children’s Village Social Welfare Officer and Counsellor.