The Destiny Foundation is a private NGO founded in 2017 by Bryson Lyatuu, who brought with him twelve years of experience as a specials needs teacher before creating the foundation. The project provides essential care for children born with mental and physical disabilities. In Tanzania, children with disabilities are often not approached with the care and education that they need and deserve. Some never get the chance to socialize or meet other children their own age. The Destiny Foundation not only facilitates room and board for ten local children seven days a week, but it also works in the community of Arusha. This means they are therefore able to help up to 80 children with an outreach program that ensures disabled children get the care and love they need. The services provided are:
- Speech therapy
- Visual stimulation
- Community awareness building
- Survival activities and life skills
Every child is at a different level and age, so care levels must be tailored to each child specifically. There is a team of qualified therapists, nurses and teachers working alongside the staff and volunteers to make sure that the correct care and procedures are being followed.
You work will involve assisting staff in providing love and care to the children that reside in the centre. Everything from physical therapy under the supervision of a nurse or therapist, to soft play, reading and writing. Your roles depend on whatever work you feel comfortable doing, and it is always up to you to decide. Lunch for the children is prepared on site and there may be days where your help is needed in the kitchen. There are outreach programs that may require you to go off-site and provide care for children of the community who simply cannot make it to the centre and you will always be accompanied and transported with a member of the team when going off-site. Volunteers at Destiny Foundation don’t need any prior qualifications, just a good heart and a head for teaching and caring for all children. Your work days are from 8am to 4pm every Monday to Friday, however the centre is open seven days a week, so weekend work is available at your discretion. Patience and a loving nature is a key attribute to have for work at the Destiny Foundation as you will be welcomed into a warm and peaceful space dedicated to improving the lives of disabled children in Tanzania.
I will never forget my time with Viva Tanzania! Because I came to Arusha alone, it was important to me to get connection as soon as possible. For that I was in the right place! Whether it was about getting my internship visa arranged, a day trip, a safari or bringing clothes to the tailor. Since I stay in a 4-bed dorm room, it was easy for me to get to know other woman! The fact that the terrace and living / dining room offers alternatives, everyone found a place to be by themselves at any time or to get together if they wished. The different dishes were delicious! With Viva Tanzania I really felt welcome not as a tourist or visitor but after a short time as a friend, thank you for this feeling and the nice time. At first I was very insecure and restrained for my work with the Destiny Foundation. Because I did not understand or could speak Swahili I could not communicate well with the teachers nor the students. Over the weeks the teacher involved me more and more in the everyday school life. The more vocabulary I learned, the better it worked out with the students. The teachers were happy that I mastered at least the greeting without problems after a few days. I can only recommend warmly to everyone to make the same or similar experiences. Dare it! The children appreciate your affection and presence and the teachers take every assistance with thanks! Emily, 22, United States of America.