There was singing and partying in the streets in northern Tanzania recently, when Amani Children’s Home celebrated its 10th birthday – 10 years of rescuing children, restoring hope and transforming lives is a milestone to celebrate and a reason to be proud!
On the big day, Amani children, staff and volunteers headed into Moshi town, wearing bright red t-shirts to spread the message of the day: “Street Children Deserve a Future.” Accompanied by music and announcements, the Amani kids performed drama skits and acrobatics, and took part in a parade from the local Mbuyuni Market to the Clock Tower in the centre of town.
This helped draw the public’s attention to their work over the past decade and to the rights that street children deserve. At the Clock Tower, banners with original artwork from the Amani kids were displayed as the Director addressed the crowd, explaining to the audience the issues street children face and what Amani has done, and continues to do, to rescue children.
In the afternoon, the program shifted back to Amani so the children could fill their plates with a special, delicious lunch, complete with roasted goat, before the graduation ceremony of the ‘Standard 7′ students.
The program also included activities such as ngoma (singing, drumming and dance), acrobatic jump rope performances, and gave former street children and members of their families impacted by Amani’s work the opportunity to speak and tell their stories. The Chief Guest of Honour, the District Commissioner of the Kilimanjaro region, presented certificates and gifts to the 11 ‘Standard 7′ graduates. The graduates opened the dance floor to all the attendees, including neighbourhood children and their parents, by performing their own song and dance. What a great way to end a fun and fulfilling day!
A big thanks to Intrepid travellers who have supported Amani through The Intrepid Foundation. Amani’s work is able to continue thanks to generous sponsors, compassionate volunteers and dedicated staff. As long as there are children living on the streets needing their love and support, the Amani team remain steadfast in their mission.
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Photo: © Amani Children’s Centre