In early 2016 I decided that I was going to travel to Tanzania later that summer and I was introduced to Cari, who told me about her time at Good Hope School and Orphanage in Arusha. She shared with me her incredible experiences and how she was so taken aback by the kids that she co-founded Dreaming for Kids to help support the development of these children.
Fast forward to June 2016, when I had the privilege of actually visiting the school and orphanage one morning with my mother. Right off the bat, we realized that Cari had not been over exaggerating- this truly is a special place. Upon arrival, we were impressed by the older students writing their exams on desks spread across the field, and by Swaif and Amiri, the two oldest children at the orphanage who were our tour guides for our visit. They were on a holiday break from secondary school, and were poised and earnest guides, taking us around the school and introducing us to the classes where we were warmly greeted by songs and smiles. We were also greeted by Ally, the orphanage coordinator, who ensured we were in good hands.
The school and orphanage share the same property, and you can feel the sense of community when you walk around and meet the children and the staff. With colourful walls and paintings, it is a welcoming environment, and the orphanage itself is very bright and clean. The staff and children genuinely seemed happy and spoke with us and took photos for a couple of hours; when we finally had to leave we felt overwhelmed with emotions and happiness.
Thank you to the Dreaming for Kids team for supporting these incredible children!