emanuel’s search for a home

rama and emanuel at amani childrens homeEmanuel ran away from home when he was just 11 years old. He was living in Northern Tanzania. His parents divorced when he was young and when his father remarried support stopped for Emanuel, his sister and their mother. To try to make ends meet, Emanuel’s mother would send the children to the street to beg, while she took up with various men. One long-term boyfriend was an alcoholic and beat Emanuel frequently. In 2009 Emanuel fled.

Emanuel was homeless for 6 months before coming to Amani Children’s Home. When he arrived, he could not read or write, but Emanuel proved to be bright and eager to learn. He is well-organised and meticulous with his school work and now, after 2 years in Amani’s program, he’s preparing to enter Grade 4.

emanuel drawingAt Intrepid’s Australian office, we were delighted to recently receive one of Emanuel’s drawings, of a lion at the base of the mighty Mt Kilimanjaro. Amani staff tell us, he loves to draw and many of their offices display his colourful artwork. He also loves to play football, he works hard as a new member of the jump rope team, he’s got a great sense of humour and his future is looking as bright as his smile!

Amani is not an orphanage. They believe that the best place for a child to grow up is in a safe and loving family and not in an institution. They therefore aim to reunify children into the homes of extended family members, giving kids the chance to spend the rest of their childhood with an aunt, uncle, or grandparent. To date, Amani has brought more than 290 formerly homeless children into the care of loving families.

Thanks to Intrepid travellers and donations being matched by Intrepid Travel, the last large financial contribution from The Intrepid Foundation has helped make it possible for Amani to transform the lives of many former street children like Emanuel, bringing them a safe place to live, medical care, an education and a future filled with hope and possibilities.

The Intrepid Foundation – travellers making a difference
You can help us give street kids in Tanzania a better future. Your donations to Amani Children’s Home, via The Intrepid Foundation, will be doubled* by Intrepid Travel.

* Donations will be matched by Intrepid Travel up to AU$5000 (or equivalent) per donor and a total of AU$400,000 each financial year.

Photo: Rama and Emanuel (right); Emanuel’s drawing; © Amani

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Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll find helpful travel advice and inspiring tales from Sue and other Intrepid travellers.

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This is such a heartwarming story! Emanuel is quite the artist! I stayed in Moshi in Tanzania in 2010 and was volunteering in a school near Amani. It was an incredible experience and I’d encourage anyone to go there and help out. I know people who were volunteering at Amani and now think of it as their second home, returning every year to see how the kids are getting on.

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