Better Future International supports the Salama Center in Tanzania. The Salama Center is a community center located in Majengo Village, outside of the city of Moshi in Northern Tanzania. The Salama Center opened its doors in January 2009 and has expanded its services to reach over 120 people in the community – and it continues to grow!
History of TZ program
In 2006, friends Luka Ndalima and Justas Mollel identified many orphaned and vulnerable children in their own community of Majengo Village who were living with extended family members. Although they knew of the problems these children faced, including inadequate access to nutritious food, health care and education, they had not been able to secure consistent funding sources to sustainably help them. They were, however, able to offer love and support to the children and the families who had opened their homes to them.
In 2008, working with the same families that Luka and Justas had been helping in whatever way they could, Better Future joined forces with the two local leaders to set the foundation for a Family Care Model. The Salama Center, Better Future’s community center located in Majengo, opened its doors in January 2009. Programming has grown over the past several years in response to the needs of the children supported by Salama Center, their caregivers and siblings, as well as other community members. The Salama Center’s holistic approach has become deeply rooted in the community and awareness of their programming continues to expand.
List of programs
Provision of basic needs: The Salama Center currently provides basic needs services to 20 children living in 17 families. Basic needs services include:
- Supplemental food each month for the family
- Coverage of health care costs for all family members, including annual general examinations
- School fees and uniforms provided for the enrolled child
Educational Programming: At the Salama Center, the children, caregivers, families and even some community members have access to:
- After-school classes in English, computer, and math for children in primary school (grades one through seven)
- Nursery class
- Community computer classes
- A sewing room, equipped with sewing machines, for the caregivers
- A small library
The Salama Center is equipped with a computer lab and a library, which are accessible by all participating families.
Caregiver support: Caregivers benefit from support groups and educational workshops on topics such as health, parenting skills, and other relevant themes.
- Monthly caregiver workshops
- Skills training for income generating projects
- Community garden at the Salama Center
- Monthly home visits to participating families, conducted by our Outreach Coordinator
- Tri-annual school visits for enrolled children
- Kids Club – for all children attending Salama Center to participate in local volunteering, community activities and a child mentorship program
The Salama Center hosts occasional gatherings for the children and caregivers, and participating families have open access to the Salama Center to utilize resources and meet with staff.
- Field Trips
- Art program – including drumming, dancing and acrobatics
- Community gatherings
- Jewelry making
- Luka Ndalima, Co-founder and Director of Community Relations
- Ebony Howard, Tanzania Affairs Liaison
- Upendo Mwaluswa, Outreach and Counseling Manager
- Emanueli Msuya, Outreach Coordinator
- Ndety Ndomba, After-School Teacher
- Farida Ntuga, After-School Teacher
- Magdalena Assoki, Nursery Teacher
- Siah Matowa, Housekeeper
- Iddi Madongo, Security Guard