SIMBAS COMMUNITY CENTER
Since January 2017 our organization's main focus has been the Simbas Community Center in Majengo. By working closely with other leaders in the community, we identify the needs of our youth and families, on both a micro and macro level. The space at the center is used for a variety of different programs and activities, such as workshops, trainings, women’s groups, and our afterschool program Simbas Club. Our team consists of a community developer, social worker, program leaders, teachers, and a matron. In addition, we are supported on an international level by our active board of trustees.
SIMBAS CLUB- Simbas Club is a free after school program that keeps the Majengo children engaged in educational activities. Held five days a week, our club within the community center is open to local children of all ages. These activities range from targeted educational programs such as english, math, and health education, to enrichment programs like arts & crafts, music, sports and tutoring. For the older children, Simbas provides both a boys club, and a girls club that meet bi-weekly for added support and education. Finally, Simbas Club ensures that every child goes home with a nutritious snack at the end of the day.
In addition, the Simbas Community Center has established a Sports program aimed at the youth in our community. Participating in a team, attending practices, and building relationships creates structure and routine in the lives of our youth. Through this experience they gain social and emotional skills, an understanding of how to work in a group, and physical education.
Simbas Children's Home
In 2012 Simbas Footprints Foundation opened a children’s home in Majengo, Tanzania, providing nine children the opportunity to regain a sense of family structure and personal stability. These children were cared for and provided with new educational opportunities. Fortunately, as of 2014 nearly all of these children have established relationships with one or more of their family members, allowing them to be re-integrated into their communities. It’s our belief that each child deserves the right to their roots and culture, and as an organization we foster and encourage them to build long term relationships with their family members.
We have continued to provide the necessary supports to make this transition possible and truly positive. Currently all nine of these children are enrolled in private boarding schools which Simbas Footprints sponsors . We have successfully reunited all 9 children with their families/relatives after being separated from family at a young age and raised at our children's home. Simbas Footprints is now invested in empowering the families members to ensure they are self sustainable which allows for a healthy living environment.
EIK-PROGRAM (Education Is Key)
Simbas Footprints Foundation initiatives are all derived from the core belief that all children have the right to education. This belief has led to the development of our Education Is Key (EIK) program. Through this program, we currently support three of the poorest schools in the Kilimanjaro region with infrastructure improvements, supplies, and a water and food program. EIK is funded by an income generating farm initiative. This sustainable approach, aims to equip the schools with the tools to one day be self-sustaining.
In 2014, Simbas Footprints Foundation bought 3 acres of land in the village of Mawalla in Kahe district, about 45 minutes drive from the village center. Now functioning as a vegetable farm, this land helps to fund our EIK program, focused on improving local schools. Throughout the year four harvests consisting of corn, beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and more are taken to market to raise money as part of this income-generating project.