THE MAJENGO ORPHANAGE is:
- 134 happy, healthy children blossoming in a warm, loving environment with three meals a day, regular medical check-ups and full educational support
- Children under 7 attending pre-school on-site; children over 7 attending primary school, standing in the top ten in every class
- 18 salaried, hardworking, competent and honest local staff, who love the children as their own
- The only government-approved orphanage in the district of Monduli, Arusha, Tanzania
Our Vision is to provide support, stability and security for the children of the Majengo Orphanage, offering good nutrition, medical services, clothing and education within a warm and loving environment – from childhood through adulthood – encouraging them to become vital, self-sufficient and contributing members of their community.
MTO WA MBU, ARUSHA, TANZANIA… a 10 minute drive from the Lake Manyara National Safari Park
The Majengo team in North America is a great group of people from the United States and Canada, passionately dedicated to providing the children of the Majengo orphanage the opportunity to grow up in a safe and loving environment. We work strictly on a volunteer basis, paying our own travel, accommodation and food cost.
Directors Lynn Connell (Majengo Canada) and Matt McKissock (Warren Majengo Foundation) celebrate the children at a farewell party, October, 2011.
The money we raise is directed fully toward the operation and support of the Orphanage.
We work through two charitable foundations: the Warren Majengo Foundation in the U.S.and Majengo Canada in Canada, meeting regularly to work on fundraising events, sponsorship of the children, donor communication, volunteer coordination, reviewing and approving Majengo’s monthly financial, educational and medical reports, and all the while keeping direct and regular communication with our local ICA colleagues in Tanzania.
ICA Tanzania project coordinator Charles Luoga, with ICA director and chair Doris and Joseph Mutashobya. Charles Luoga, on the left, is the co-founder of Majengo, along with Canadian volunteer, Lynn Connell who visited Majengo in March, 2008.
In accordance with our agreement, ICA Tanzania is responsible for all fiscal oversight and management, including the distribution of money as designated by our budget, preparing monthly financial statements and reports on the children, problem solving, logistics, special anniversaries and parties and regular communication and networking between local village leaders and the orphanage staff. ICA Tanzania provides us with reports on all these issues on a regular basis.
Team members visit Majengo every few months, working hands-on with every aspect of the ongoing operational logistics of the Orphanage, attending staff, government and budget meetings and running art and English teaching workshops with the children.
January 2011: Typical staff meeting at Majengo with ICA agents and local village leaders, where cooks, cleaners, watchmen and teachers speak openly of their successes, challenges and needs at Majengo, within a unique egalitarian structure.
October 2011: Meeting with local village leaders celebrating their decision to give Majengo a 6 acre plot of land, on which to build our new orphanage facility!
In Tanzania, the operation of the Orphanage is overseen by the Majengo District village leaders (above), and directed on a day-to-day basis by our local agent, ICA Tanzania (Institute of Cultural Affairs–Tanzania), a non-governmental organization.
ICA Tanzania is the agent of Majengo Canada and is directly accountable to it.
At Majengo, there is ZERO-TOLERANCE for corruption.
Together, with our staff and ICA Tanzania colleagues, we have created every opportunity to provide checks, balances, accountability and monitoring of all aspects of the Orphanage. Financial statements are meticulously reviewed on a monthly basis by both Tanzanian and N.A. accountants and audited on a yearly basis.