Tabasamu is the Swahili word for “smile”. Our mission is to bring smiles to the faces of underprivileged children who are living on the streets, and to orphans whose parents were victims of HIV/AIDS. We are located in the Arusha region of Northern Tanzania, with a view of Mt. Kilimanjaro from our front yard. At Tabasamu Child Care (TCC), we offer food, shelter, clothes and medical care to the children who now call it home. Our boys and girls attend a private secular school that provides instruction in English and Swahili.
In addition to our full-time residents, the orphanage provides day care and a hearty meal for children whose parents have no childcare options while at work. We started offering this service in response to a nation-wide problem of nannies abusing children in their care, sometimes to the point of injury or death.
True to its name, Tabasamu is always filled with laughter, play and song. Your support will help us continue to provide all of our children with a quality education and the promise of a brighter future. Please keep us smiling by contributing, volunteering, or sharing our story on Facebook or Twitter.