New School Sweaters for all the Children’s Village Primary Children!

Much Excitement for the primary children at the Children’s Village

A young 16 year old school girl, Aviva, spend a little time at the Igoda Children’s Village last year and was so taken with it she has set up her own charity to support them!

She organised a fundraise earlier this year to buy new sweaters for the primary school children; they have to have two sets. We are delighted to report that these have now been bought! Thank you to Aviva and her school friends for their support.



Can you imagine how many pairs of shoes the children get through at the Igoda Children’s Village, please can you help?

The children need new shoes for school, the Primary children need two pairs a year;  with your help we can do this. Please donate, however large or small, every penny helps:


Some of the children in their different school outfits.



As the Igoda Children’s Village is still in lock-down for the safety of all concerned during the Corona virus pandemic, any staff from the surrounding villages have moved into the CV to keep movement to a minimum. Although everywhere is quiet, there is lots going on and to do to keeping  children busy and occupied. The Kindergarten numbers are small until local children from nearby villages are allowed to return. Whilst it’s still the same routine for the nursery – nap time and Loveness enjoys learning with such a lovely smile! 

John and Fadhili have been giving the children extra tuition. Some of them seen here taking one of the tests! When the lessons are done and in their free time, Fanuel and Nache are keeping themselves busy. They are always trying to find ways to make some pocket money, so here they are filling pouches to plant pine seeds which they then sell on as saplings. Fanual bought himself a small radio with his last pocket money, mentioned in the previous report.

The chickens are now producing lots of eggs so the children are benefiting from this donated program.

A little earlier this year, 3 Dentists Without Borders screened approximately 4,500 children in Mufindi in two weeks! They educated them in oral care, healthy diet and gave them toothbrushes with instructions on brushing correctly. 

8-9 different schools were visited including treating the children at ICV. Marie said it was magic and they loved every second. Sam Sofya arrived a little later and treated those that needed treatment at the dental clinic at Mdabulo, ably assisted by Mama Upendo. The dentists are looking forward to coming again next Spring.

All the children are helping out with chores, the older ones dug a new rubbish pit, many pulled up weeds, tidied and cleared the roads within the ICV in readiness for Environmental Day, they cut the grass in the playground, helped chop and stack wood, planted beans and banana plants.

Tula used her spare time practicing her new skill – basket weaving. This is a skill many women in Mufindi use to earn a living, to re-grass their roofs, send children to school etc. Looks like a nice tight weave, well done Tula!

Thank you to our amazing staff for all their love and care.

We are very grateful to those who have recently donated, some anonymously, our partners, and we give special thanks to those who contribute monthly. Funds, used to keep the children fed, cared for, medical needs and education requirements, especially during these difficult times, are always really appreciated!                               

Thank you

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All precautions are in place at the Igoda Children’s Village to keep it as safe as possible from the Coronavirus. STAY HOME, KEEP SAFE!

Nache, Fanuel and Kaiza.  Nache was brought to our Children’s Village on death’s doorstep, battling daily to survive in May 2013. His CD4 was tested at count of 2, meaning he had virtually no immunity to any disease. His lungs were both failing due to prolonged lung disease. Since Nache has been at Igoda Children’s Village, he has had expensive lengthy stays at hospitals, where he battled TB, pneumonia, and shingles. We have been fortunate to have had several visiting health volunteers to help keep him alive. He is now on the ‘last line’ of Anti-Retro Viral treatment of HIV that is available in Tanzania as his body has become resistant to ‘first-line’ ARVs.  Incredibly his health turned for the better. After months in bed and visits inand out of the Hospital, he got his life back! Due to continuous illness, he never had the opportunity to go to school regularly, meaning he never learned how to read, write and do basic maths. He attended the kindergarten at the Children’sVillage everyday when he was 13 years old. Today Nache is in grade seven at Madisi primary school, he should sit for his national exams this year in September, if schools are reopened, and due to the tremendous success of his entire support system and his incredible will to survive, each one of us that has the pleasure of working with Nache walks away with admiration for this young man who has beaten so many odds. He is a special and wonderful person with a shy smile and a heart of gold.

Fanuel has always worked hard with his garden projects raising money for extras, he’s now managed to buy a small radio which he and his friends thoroughly enjoy.

Zulea sends greetings to all who know her and thanks to all ‘Mufindi Friends’ in Finland when she recently needed urgent medical help. Zulea gave permission to tell about her difficulties which is connected with her skin problem Xeroderma Pigmentosum.  She passed her Secondary school exams well and it was arranged for her to attend Kibao Catholic Girl’s School. It then turned out that she could not see the blackboard during her Maths, Physics and Chemistry lessons. Until then, she listened and made notes doing very well, she is a gifted girl!  Zulea was desperate when she had to leave the school but then things moved fast. With Mama Dorcus she caught an early bus at 4am, travelled to Ilembula, 150km away.  Eric Msigomba, the eye doctor, checked her and gave a referral letter to KCMC Low Vision Unit. Then by bus 200km to Iringa to stay overnight, onto to Moshi, almost 900km a 14 hours drive, where she had further eye examinations. The following day, Zulea was given a 6x Telescope for blackboard reading and a 6x Magnifier for close work.  She must always wear sunglasses outdoors. A very happy girl returned from the long journey and back to school. She has gone through a lot, from 2003 there were large wounds on her scalp from her condition and the dressings have been painful and troublesome. Zulea does has parents but the wound care was difficult to perform at home. As we have an onsite clinic with dressings available, Zulea has stayed at the Children’s Village since. She also had treatment in America paid for by visiting volunteer doctors. Her scalp is now fine, but keeps it protected with hats. Fingers crossed that everything goes well at school.

It takes a decide how to help a little school girl whose mom had died a while ago, her dad is very old and had broken his hip, mentioned in our previous report, he cannot walk and stays with his younger brother in the neighbouring village because he requires help day and night and needs a relative to escort him to hospital. This little girl lived in a run down house with her 14 year old sister who was working on the tea fields and stole food sometimes for both of them in order to survive. She had not taken her daily medicine for about half a year and not at school nor at home for a couple of weeks when Dr Leena, our volunteer doctor, and Susan Vincent tried to find her with nobody knowing where she was.  She was later found at school, hungry, and on checking her house found there was  absolutely no food. Our Social welfare officer, Joseph, Village Chairman, Headmaster of the Primary School, Susan Vinton and Dr Leena thought that in order to survive she needed the care that the Children’s Village can offer.

Just received – 2/02/2020: “She has now settled and taking her HIV treatment as she skipped it for eight months. So she is fine and happy here. Her sister is also here and attending the hotel managent ( learning about different cookings) at the vocational training centre close to our CV. Now school has closed because of Corona and they are both at the children’s village” Joseph, Social Welfare Officer.

There are those who still say that home is the best place for children and all childrens’ homes should be banned! We would be very happy if all orphans/vulnerable children could stay with their relatives in the village but sometimes it is just not possible.

Thank you
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Also much appreciation to those who continue supporting us through regular Direct Debits.. 
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We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy, New Year

   we would like to wish everyone a merry christmas and a happy, healthy new year from us all at orphans in the wild (UK) and and foxes community & wildlife conservation trust  (foxesngo)  Tanzania

On 2nd October, we were very excited to welcome Dr. Leena Pasanen, our volunteer doctor back to Mufindi, the Children’s Village were delighted to see her again. Dr Leena spends six months of the year in Mufindi and then returns to her home in Finland. Her Finnish friends raised funds for her to buy clothing and shoes for the children. On the 15th another volunteer, Dr. Alex, joined her and they have spent many hours during remote outreach visits, covering many miles, treating patients in their own homes.

One gentleman, a single parent of two children had broken his hip, they had an inflatable splint which they applied, wrapped him tightly with his mattress to prepare him for the arduous one hour trip along some very rough roads to the nearest hospital.

They have also carried out  thorough health checks of all the children at the Baby House.

Hearing Mama Blantina had fractures of both lower legs in August, they paid her a visit and were delighted to see that she has at last started walking with the help of her zimmer frame. She has had the plaster casts on for 10 weeks. Blantina is an amazing lady, she suffers from Osteogenosis Imperfecta. She is classed as a hero in the village, when she was younger she looked after 10 orphans, encouraged people to be tested for HIV/Aids, to keep up to date with their retesting and drugs needed to improve their lives and always around to help those in need. Blantina also makes and sells baskets to earn a little money. She is loved and admired by all.


Sam Sofya, our volunteer dentist, arrived in November and soon set to work checking and treating patients in need of dental treatments, ably assisted by Mama Upendo. He is very popular and a great support to those in the area and to us at the Children’s Village.





huge thanks to everyone who has helped and supported us this year. we cannot do this without you!
Also thanks to our amazing staff who look after the Children’s Village with love, care and compassion.




Kastory & Kaiza have done really well at school and are fully involved in the life of the Children’s Village.

Kastory, now 17, is a natural leader and has taken on many responsibilities in the house for the older boys. He loves helping others – the younger ones with their homework, the older ones with their various projects for their future.
Kastory wants to be an engineer and his brother a doctor.

DONATE TODAY. Help Kastory, Kaiza and the other children of Igoda Children’s Village family fulfil their dreams. They are the future.

Just £5 can pay for 1 child’s exercise books & writing materials.
£10 = 1 week’s education costs for 1 child.
£40 = 1 month costs.

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Kastory & Kaiza quickly settled in the Igoda Children’s Village and started school in the same grade, although Kastory was 12, three years older than his brother Kaiza. It was the first time either had been to school.

They have both been top students and head boys, and graduated from the Medium Primary School with high honours.
Kastory was given two award certificates: one for Leadership and one for Hard Working. They now study at Madisi Secondary Pre Form1.

Kastory and Kaiza visit and help their father regularly, walking the many miles to their former village.

The difference in the demeanor and appearance of the boys is obvious in the photo and clearly shows the good work done in the Children’s Village.

Find out tomorrow how they have progressed at the Igoda Children’s Village.



Learning for Life

This is the story of children in Tanzania who needed help and, through perseverance and the assistance of the Igoda Children’s Village, have achieved a better life. They, and the other children in the Village, now need our help to secure their future. Here’s their story:

In 2012 two boys started following our volunteer doctor while she was making home visits in a neighbouring village. It transpired that they had not eaten anything that day and were hungry. Their mother had died, and their elderly father was not able to take care of them. When not looking after their father they scavenged for food as best they could. It was apparent they needed help.

After many discussions with the Village Community Committee they got the permission to come to the Igoda Children’s Village. Kastory was 12 years old and Kaiza 9. Neither had ever been to school.

Find out tomorrow how they got on in their new home at the Igoda Children’s Village.


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