Jericho Orphanage Home is a children's orphanage located in a relatively poor area in Tanzania where most people have to struggle every day to make ends meet. Poverty, poor health, HIV/AIDS and massive unemployment are the main challenges the people face. Jericho's mission is to empower these children in need to become productive members of society through education and self-reliance skills.
Jericho Orphanage would make great use of childcare volunteers at this placement as they need help in all areas of care for the children be it: teaching, (academic lessons, sport activities, art and crafts or songs and dance), personal care, (washing, dressing and/or feeding the children), housekeeping, (making beds, helping in the general cleaning of the orphanage, helping with meal preparation), etc.
Childcare volunteers can do so much for these children be it there emotional or physical well being. At the same time, the volunteers can take a little stress off of the sometimes exhausted staff.
No special background is needed to work at this placement but experience with children and lots of enthusiasm are a plus.
About the Organization
Jericho Orphanage Home is a children's orphanage located near the Ngorongoro crater (African Eden), Serengeti which is about 3km from Arusha to Moshi highway in Karatu, just outside of the Arusha region. This is unfortunately also a relatively poor area where most people have to struggle every day to make ends meet. Poverty, poor health, HIV/AIDS and massive unemployment are the main challenges people face. Many children are orphans or live in families that are not able to care for them.
Jericho's mission is to empower children in need to become productive members of society through rehabilitation, education and self-reliance skills to fulfill their future dreams. Their values include believing that children are a heritage from the Lord and they deserve the best.
Jericho Orphanage Home's aim is to improve the standard of living of the orphan children around the community by planning on the utilization of the available resources and guiding on the implementation of the plans to achieve the best social services. They wish to act as a catalyst for holistic development and to facilitate donor organizations & volunteers to save orphans and poor children from inadequate social services in education, health, water and other infrastructures.
When the Organization was Founded
Jericho Orphanage Home started by accommodating seven children in 2008, but over the years the number of children increased, and now Jericho Orphanage Home caters to over 50 children, both girls and boys.
The children are between one and 15 years old. Most of the children at the Orphanage are orphans or live in families that are not able to care for them.
How the Organization is Funded
The organization receives their funding through online fundraising, donations from individuals, non governmental organizations, volunteer agencies and from small scale agriculture work that they do in the area.
Placement Location Information
This placement is located a little bit outside of Karatu town about 4km outside of Arusha. The community around the area are Masai and Iraqi settlers. For the most part, they are farmers and keepers of livestock. Their community represents quite a fascinating mix of cultures.
The placement has three classrooms that they use to accommodate the different education levels of the children. They also have an administrative office which has four offices in it as well as kitchen, store room and bathrooms for the kids and staff.
The facilities in the classrooms are quite basic however the core materials are there for you to work out of this placement. You will want to think about additional classroom resources that you can make or bring with you to enhance the learning environment.
Karatu District is one of the six districts in the Arusha Region of Tanzania. It is bordered by the Ngorongoro District to the north, the Shinyanga Region to the west, the Monduli District to the east, and the Manyara Region to the south and southeast.
According to the 2012 Tanzania National Census, the population of the Karatu District was 230,166.
Karatu is a reasonably large tin-roofed town set in beautiful undulating farmland on the lower slopes to the south of Ngorongoro.
The main safari route from Arusha and Manyara passes through this area on the way north to the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti.
The area is of particular note for a number of beautiful farmhouse lodges, hotels and campsites set in a stunning rural landscapes of coffee plantations and shamba farms. This area is the mid point of all the safaris done in the northern circuit.
There are shops and mini supermarkets in Karatu town as well as internet cafes.
Points of Interest
Karatu town were firstly settled by the Iraque tribe which is one of the tribes in Tanzania with the strongest culture sharing the same dialect as Masaa the most famous tribe in Africa. The northern part of the town is were the bush men of Tanzania (Watzabe) live and where most tourists visit to learn about their cultures.
There are a lot of cultural tours around this area; visiting the local tribes Iraque and Watzabe far in the northern part.
The area also features great landscapes from the Ngorongoro volcanoes eruption that happened millions of years ago and left the area with remarkably breath taking landscapes. The Great Rift Valley also stretches across the neighbouring town of Mto Wa Umbu.
Weather in the Area
Karatu's elevation of 1522m on the southern slope of Ngongoro highland keeps temperatures down and alleviates humidity. Cool dry air is prevalent for much of the year. The temperature ranges between 10 and 30 degrees Celsius with an average around 25 degrees.
It has distinct wet and dry seasons, and experiences an eastern prevailing wind from the Indian Ocean, a couple of hundred miles east. The highest average rainfall occurs in March, April and May.
Transportation From BaseCamp
From Arusha take a public transport to Karatu town. That will take about two hours but this public transport is available everyday at the bus station and their vans and very comfortable.
Once you get off at the end of the public transport the staff from Jericho will meet you at the bus station and bring you to the center and that will take about 10 minutes to walk.
If you are taking a private car from the BaseCamp hostel you will take a right turn from the road down from the hostel and drive through the city on Sokoine road until you reach Dodoma road. From there drive for about 1.5 hours and turn right at the Lake Manyara sign and from there will take you about 30 minutes to get to Karatu town where the staff will meet you there.