Kilimanjaro Kids Community

The Kilimanjaro Kids Community, KKC for short, is HOP’s proudest achievement. Since 2008, 12 beautiful Tanzanian Children have been growing up in our ever-expanding home. After a series of difficulties while attempting to bring positive change in the community surrounding Kilimanjaro, Dean Cardinale (HOP’s Founder), decided to take matters into his own hands and purchase a piece of land to develop an orphanage. What was an empty 4-acre plot of land now houses and raises 12 children in a complex of buildings to support the children’s and the 5 full-time staff’s needs. We will see these children through higher education and equip them to take advantage of the world of opportunities that awaits them.

BENEFICIARIES

12 Beautiful Tanzanian Children

Local Tanzanian Community

NEEDS

Educational Sponsorships

School Supplies (calculators specifically)

Children’s Games

Clothing and Shoes

Sporting Equipment

IMPACTS

Through private schooling, we are giving them opportunities for success and potentially transforming the lives of these otherwise neglected children

Children of the KKC

Africa has a significant amount of orphaned and homeless children.  Medical care is marginal and often parents are lost to illness and injury. In some cases, the parents are still alive but live in such poverty that they cannot afford to care for their children.  There are 12 beautiful, smiling children at the KKC ranging from seven to twelve years old.  This family provides education, family life and opportunities to children who would otherwise go without. Many of them came to us as brothers and sisters and now they are joined as one big happy family.

KKC Staff

Without a dedicated and supportive staff, running the KKC would be impossible.  Many staff members live on site, while some come in a few days a week to take care of their duties.  Human Outreach Project hopes to continue to provide a stable and supportive work environment, including being able to care for life outside of work for the staff with opportunities such as continued education and health coverage. More than anything, the staff is the role models and leaders for the children.  Standing in a parental role, they help guide the children into adulthood.  They have built amazing relationships with the children and are loved deeply by them.

The Property 

After 8 years of building, development at the KKC is still in process. As the kids and HOP grow, needs at the KKC become more complex. Our goal for the property is to continue to find ways to sustain itself. In 2015, we equipped most of the buildings with solar power and installed a massive rainwater storage system. Our garden hosts fruit trees and produces garden vegetables while our cows, goats, and chickens provide sources of food. We continue to add buildings with the hope of expanding and taking care of more children. Below is a few of our most important buildings.

Pavilion

The pavilion was the first building to be put in at the KKC in 2009. Since then it has served as a meeting place for the kids and community, a learning center and a storage area. When we host large groups, we often set out here to eat and hang out. Next, we built the student dorm!

Kids Dormitory 

The kid’s dorm went up along with the pavilion and was finished soon after. The dorm is separated into a girls and boys side. There is a living room and a place for them to do their homework. They all take turns doing house chores and sleep comfortably in their own bed.

Kitchen and Dining Area 

The kitchen and dining area is separate from the kid’s dorm but provides a place for the kids and staff to gather for meals. The dining area was added in 2016 so that cooking, eating, and cleaning could all happen in one area. The kids are involved in every aspect of meals. They help the mamas pick the food from the garden, prepare it in the kitchen, set the table and clean up afterward. Proper table manners are always enforced by the Mamas.

Staff Dorm

After years of rotating staff between their homes and the KKC, the staff quarters (built in 2016), has afforded the KKC staff with a private room of their own. One mama always sleeps in the same building as the children but the Mamas rotate. The “off-duty” Mama’s now have their own room in the staff quarters that they share with our other staff such as Jerome, Peter, and Goddy.

Guest Quarters

After hosting group after group at the KKC, it was time we created a living space for guests. Whether they are students, volunteers or visitors, we wanted to make sure the people who visited the KKC get the full immersive experience of staying the night. Nestled in the North-East corner of the property, the furnished building will boast astounding view of Mt. Kilimanjaro and safely house our guests.

Welcome Center

This building is directly inside the front gate to the left and is the first building a guest will see while visiting. The two rooms inside will serve as a storage area and administrative office while the wall outside will display important information about the KKK. This building is very close to completion.

Animals and Agricultural 

Throughout the property there are many gardens where we grow maize, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, papaya, banana, avocado, and many other fruits and vegetables. In the northwest corner of the property is the cow corral and chicken coop where we have cows, goats and chicken. We get all of our milk from the cows and most of our eggs from our hens. Peter, who works as the livestock handler, spends most of his time tending to our animals.