The Lutherans. Catholics and Baptists aren't the only people doing "good works" in Tanzania. We spent part of a day at the Amani Children's Home near Moshi.
Amani stresses its role as a non-denominational facility"... to meet the needs of the rapidly growing population of street children in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania." I was struck by the emphasis on "non-denominational" when we visited. I noticed a variant of this on a small business owner's blog that I regularly read where the author said, "My daughter is in Tanzania this summer for a secular service project." (My emphasis added.) I wonder if Americans are at the point now where being disassociated from religion is important to many? Perhaps, though, it is just an effort to deal with the Christian/Islamic divide.
The lobby of the building is welcoming to visitors with two large bulletin boards addressing the history of the center and Frequently Asked Questions.
After learning that the facility typically houses about a hundred street children, mostly from Moshi and Arusha, we took a tour of the facility. Our tour included stops at the kitchen, laundry facility and carpentry shop. The laundry facility gives the residents a chance to learn to do their own cleaning. The carpentry shop builds all furniture for residence and schooling.
The recreational facilities suggested that someone could bring a couple of basketball hoop nets as a gift.
The dormitory facilities were neat, clean and well-organized.
This appeared to be another good candidate for donations. Interestingly, they have a U.S. tax-deductible contribution address in nearby Burnsville, Minnesota.