Assisted by our Long term Volunteers
My name is Michael Scott and I am a United States Peace Corps volunteer. My first 2 years here in Tanzania I taught Biology and Chemistry in a small rural government secondary school in Usolanga village. Usolanga is 70 km north of Iringa town off the Dodoma highway. After my initial 2-year contract finished, I added 6 months to come work here at the children’s village. I the head of the Agriculture Department helping with our farm, greenhouse, orchard, 3 cows, 50 chickens, and 16 bee hives. All produce grown on the farm is given to the children. We do not currently sell any produce, but we hope to be able to in the future. We use the eggs the chickens lay to supplement the eggs that the children eat every day to help lower operation costs for the NGO and provide the children with the necessary protein they need. I work with 5 staff members and coordinate farm work schedules for any short-term volunteers that come to the NGO.
Lucy Tamberrino is a US Peace Corps volunteer who spent two years living just 15 km from us in another village within the Mufindi area. She taught chemistry to secondary school students and also organized various HIV/AIDS projects with her community. She is currently Head of the Health Department here at the organization. She collaborates with the doctors, nurses, dentists, occupational therapist, and home-based care volunteers to ensure that individuals at the Children’s Village and in the surrounding villages are getting the healthcare they need. She will be with us until April 2018.
Amari Alexander is currently in her third year as a volunteer in Mufindi. She has been producing newsletters for Mufindi Orphans for over a year, and has taken charge of the project’s social media presence. In Mufindi, she has been coordinating volunteers on site, taught English, worked with the education department on the Early Childhood Education program, and fills in wherever she is needed with enthusiasm and positivity that is both encouraging to all and contagious.
October 2017 – Amari has now filled in her three year term with us and has moved on to further her education. We should like to thank her for her tremendous help and efficiency with the Children’s Village. Thank you Amari, you will be missed. Good luck with your future.
Sheree Demblon, a qualified nurse, has been with us now since 2016 as a volunteer and plans to stay for three years. She is making a big difference to the lives in the Children’s
Village and the surrounding villages in her outreach work.
Lucy Kohler is a US Peace Corps volunteer who spent two years teaching secondary school biology in north-west Tanzania before moving to Mufindi in November of 2016. She is being invaluable with her work with healthcare organisation.
Lucy was with us for a year and now has gone back home to further her career. She has been a super organiser and helper. Thank you Lucy, sorry to see you go and good luck with your future.
Taking care of Medical and Dental issues are two wonderful, tireless, dedicated ladies who have devoted their lives to working in Tanzania and now based at Igoda Chlidren’s Village, volunteering their services for the good of the whole community.
Dr Leena Pasanen, a paediatrician, left her native Finland to work in rural Tanzania. She has been caring for children and adults for the past 25 years and is now based in the Children’s Village. She has witnessed the devastating impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, She says this only strengthens her will to continue helping the children of Tanzania in any way she can.
Dr Bodil Sandin, A dentist from Sweden, who also has experience working in Southern Tanzania and now volunteers with the NGO for several months at a time.
our amazing Tanzanian STAFf
Our self funded volunteers are ably assisted by a very competent team of Tanzanians mostly from the Mufindi area, indeed one of the NGO’s principal aims is for the local people themselves to be able to run the project, to be competent and trained in all aspects of the work on the ground.