Conservative estimates suggest that over 8% of the population of Tanzania (over 1.5m people) are affected by HIV/AIDS. Children are the biggest casualties of this 'epidemic', either being infected from birth or losing their parents to the disease. In a country where the average income is around $30 a month, the extended family struggles to take these children in.
At Explore we are lucky to work with inspiring people. The Fox family who run the Mufindi Tea Estate in the Mufindi Highlands established Orphans in the Wild to build a village for these children that, once completed, will care for around 70 local children in a family environment. Already a home has been built for 12 children who are cared for by their house mothers – Lina and Eva. In actual fact with projects for the elderly, the development of the local school and health care facilities, you could say there is a lot going on in this area and we sometimes struggle to keep up with developments!
What we are doing
It has been our great pleasure and honour to help this project grow over the last 5 years; from seeing the ground cleared to the first children moving into their new homes. As well as making an annual donation, we’ve been able to give the construction fund a boost through a special promotion in 2007 which raised over £4,000. The Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO) also recognised the project’s achievement with an award of £1,000 in 2006.
What you can do
If you are travelling on our Big Cat Safari (ref FRU) tour you’ll be able to take a walking tour of the village to see the host of projects the Foxes support and the Remote Ruaha and Selous tour (ref RU) also visits Mufindi. Financial donations are the most useful – US$100 will see a child through school for a year- but gifts of toothbrushes and toothpaste, pencils and pens, exercise books, even old laptops will be well used. If you are not travelling to the area, you can still donate.
To donate, click here: http://www.wildorphans.org/AboutTheTrust/HowtoDonate.htm