The Tanzanian Children's Project was founded in 2009 by the Knights of Columbus Columbia
Council 7559 in Columbia, Maryland. It's purpose is to raise funds to to support health, education, orphanage projects in the Malowa village which is located in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.
Father Emmanuel Lyimo of the Sacred Heart of
Jesus Catholic church in Mahida village which boarders Malowa along with the Mahida parish orphan committee is responsible
for caring for many of the orphans within the community and at last count there were over 700 in the area.
The Tanzanian Children's Project became involved in supporting the Mahida parish when Mary Wandia who grew up in Kenya approached the Columbia Council with a request to help raise money to build the orphan center. Mary had been involved in doing missionary work in Kenya and Uganda for many years and had a strong desire to once again help poor and marginalized communities in Africa.
Mary and Fr.
Emmanuel decided to work together to help these orphans. Once an agreement was
reached Mary set out to raise money to build a medical dispensary, a Catholic primary school, orphan homes, and other supporting facilities.
Initially the Tanzanian Children's Project focused on raisng money for the Malowa Medical Dispenasry and to date has raised and sent over $60,000 to
build, equip, and operate the dispensary. This includes helping to pay for staff salaries and subsidizing the cost of medicines and supplies for those
who cannot afford to pay the full amount for their services.
Click here to help bring electricity to the medical dispensary and help us reach our goal of $9,000.