The Twiga Foundation was founded in 2013 by Daniphord Mwajah, a social worker with a big heart for people in need. The organization has been engaging in several programs including secondary school youth programs and business training for marginalized women as well as providing the women with small business loans. In 2017 Daniphord, along with other members of the Twiga Foundation, established a day care center called KHM. Since kindergarten and day care is not government funded, parents have to pay if they want their children to have some education before they start primary school. This leads to inequality since some children start school and know how to read, write and do simple mathematics while others don’t have that opportunity. This is where Daniphord wanted to step in and help children from less fortune families break through the cycle of poverty.
In the beginning the project started with only five children and has since grown to 100 children, divided into three classes, with four teachers in total. All the children are aged between two and six years old. Furthermore, every child attending gets a daily meal at the project.
The kindergarten is located in the same area as our volunteer hostel and can be reached within 20 minutes of walking.
The work at Twiga Foundation is diverse and will be organised with you when you arrive. Tasks include teaching different subjects in the classes, or one on one teaching with any children who may need additional support. You can also help teachers improve their English, create teaching aids, help with renovations (in the new location for the day care centre, there is a lot of building work because the centre is looking to expand), help with fundraising activities and support the office organisation. If that’s not enough, you can help in the kitchen to prepare and serve the daily lunch all while experiencing your first insight to Tanzanian cuisine, take care of the foundation’s social media or visit one (or more) of the secondary school youth program sessions.
The kindergarten is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 4:30pm, but some children leave at 2pm. Your work with the Twiga Foundation is flexible and designed to work for you, so your days can be as long as you like.