Kigamboni Street Children (KSC) has been set-up to provide very targeted funding to support four street children in collaboration with Kigamboni Community Centre (KCC).
All funding goes directly towards our aims and all finances are strictly controlled from the UK, with money only ever wired to Tanzania when a cost has been identified and agreed by John, when he is visiting Tanzania.
Whilst a little money goes a long way in Tanzania, our aim eventually will be to scale-up operations and help more of Kigamboni’s street children, so we are grateful for any financial support.
If you would like to donate you can do so by sending a cheque made payable to Kigamboni street children, to the address shown on our contacts page.
The United Republic of Tanzania is located in the east of Africa, bordered by eight countries: Uganda and Kenya (in the north), the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, and Rwanda (in the west) and Mozambique, Malawi, and Zambia (in the south). To the east of Tanzania is the Indian Ocean. The Island Zanzibar belongs to Tanzania but has an autocratic regime. The Tanzanian capital is Dodoma which is located in the centre of Tanzania.
Tanzania is the largest of the East African nations. You can find a great variety of lands-capes there. The highest point is Mount Kilimanjaro, standing at 5,895 mtrs. it is also the highest mountain in Africa.
On the Kenyan-Ugandan-Tanzanian border in the north you will find Lake Victoria. It is 69,490 km2 and the largest lake in Africa. The deepest lake in Africa is Lake Tanganyika (1,470 mtrs.) deep. Lake Tanganyika is a fresh water lake and located in the west of Tanzania, separating Tanzania from the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is 673 km long and 50 km wide.
Tanzania has also an impressive wildlife and is an outstanding place for safaris. In total, national parks and reserves cover 28% of the total area of Tanzania. A great place to observe wildlife is the Ngorongoro Crater and the huge Serengeti Park, located in the north. The Serengeti Park is 14,763 km2 and covers a diversity of grassland plains, savannah, riverine forests and woodlands as well as housing a considerable wildlife population. Another large and famous national park is the Selous Game Reserve, which is located in the south. It is larger than Switzerland and covers 1/6 of the total area of Tanzania. You can find one of the world s largest fauna reserves here with grassland, typical Acacia savanna, wetlands and woodlands. This is also home to more elephants than any other African game reserve.
Tanzania is a peaceful and friendly country with a population of about 42,746,620 who belong to around 130 tribes. There are many local/tribe languages spoken but the official languages are Swahili (Kiswahili) and English. Approximately 30% of the population is Christian, 35% Muslim and 35% are adherents of indigenous beliefs. In Zanzibar more than 99 % of the people are Muslim. Most of the Muslims live in coastal areas. Apart from its great diversity of cultures and ethnic groups; Tanzania has also got many social problems.
Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world. 36% of Tanzanians live below the poverty line. The average daily income is less than one dollar a day. Safe drinking water, healthcare, education and electricity are luxuries that are not obtainable for most of the people. Most of the Tanzanians make their living from the cultivation of a small plot of land where they can produce enough food for their families. People do not have access to electricity, tap water or medical care except in the main cities.
The median age of the population is 18.5 years.
Health care in Tanzania is a big challenge. The rate of doctors and hospital beds is the lowest worldwide. For every 1,000 residents there are only 0.008 doctors and 1.1 hospital beds (for comparison: in United Kingdom: 2.739 doctors and 3.38 beds for 1,000 residents).
Tanzania has been hard hit by AIDS and is with a prevalence rate of 5.6% in 2009 ranked 12 in the world. The death rate is growing exponentially. In July 2012 there are 11.92 deaths per 1.000 population expected.
While many African countries suffer from civil wars, political unrest and revolutions, Tanzania has had a stable democracy since its independence in 1961. Although Tanzania remains a developing country, foreign investment and privatization promise to spur the growth of the economy and have enabled aid agencies to effectively reach their targeted goals.
According to the Bertelsmann-Transformations-Index (BTI) Tanzania is classified as a defective democracy. Its legal system is the English common law. President of Tanzania is Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete (since 2005). His party is the CCM- Chama cha Mapinduzi (Party of the Revolution)
Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam is the largest city in Tanzania with a population of around 3 million people. It has grown from a population of 30,000 in 1925 to its current 3,207,000. Although Dar es Salaam lost its official title as capital of Tanzania in 1974 it is a regionally important economic centre and the country s richest city. It also remains the centre of the permanent central government bureaucracy. Dar es Salaam is located in the east of Tanzania right on the Indian Ocean and is the hub of the Tanzanian transportation system. In the past 10 years, Dar es Salaam has had a face-lift, but major infrastructural problems still remain. Dar es Salaam is actually an administrative province within Tanzania and is divided into three districts: Ilala in the centre, Kinondoni in the north and Temeke in the south. All three are governed as municipal councils.
Kigamboni Street Children (KSC) was created in October 2010 and was the dream of Attleborough resident John Grint.
John has been to Tanzania many times since his first visit to East Africa in 2009. John had initially travelled to Uganda to visit the Mama Jane Project in Jinja and subsequently paid a visit to Kigamboni in Tanzania, where he discovered the Kigamboni Community Centre (KCC).
KCC provides a valuable service to its community, located close to Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam. The centre, run by former street children, provides schooling from 8 am each day and activities including: acrobatics, dancing, drama, football and further education.
At present up to 200 children a day are using KCC’s facilities, including nine street children, in an outreach situation, who are homeless in the evenings. These children range from five to sixteen years old and are among Tanzania’s most vulnerable citizens.
John has built five computers, to educate children in basic computing and has contributed towards food, clothing, books, electricity and paper to date. However, the task to integrate these street children back into society continues to be a major challenge.
KSC’s aim is to provide accommodation for four street children initially, a full-time carer, food, clothing and necessary items for cooking and education. We also aim to provide counselling both for the children and their parents, many of whom have encountered enormous social problems, with a view to ultimately reconciling families and bettering lives.
We now have 16 street children in rented accommodation, which has taken a lot of time and effort by KCC. If you can help to feed, clothe, school and donate toward the accommodation costs, please contact me on the contact page. Thank you.
Regards John Grint
My name is John Grint. Born and raised in Norfolk I joined the Royal Navy aged 15 and have lived in Attleborough the past 35 years.
During a meeting in 2009, with Robert Webster at St Mary’s Church, Attleborough, I learned of a need for help in Jinja - Uganda, at Mama Jane (a charity for orphaned children). After a month of building computers and teaching these children how to use them I learned that there was a major problem with well over a million street children throughout East Africa.
I visited Tanzania and discovered the village of Kigamboni. Here I helped an organisation called Kigamboni Community Centre (KCC) who were educating about 80 drop-out school children (potentially future street children) and organised activities including: acrobatics, computing, dancing, drama, football and singing. KCC were offering further education to another 100 children and now have nine street children in an Outreach situation joining in all these activities.
Unfortunately some are back on the streets at night!
My aim for the immediate future is to get four street children accommodated together in Kigamboni; feed them, cloth them, educate them and then, after counselling the children (and their parents), send them home where they belong.