When Majengo’s founder Lynn Connell visited Tanzania in 2008, she discovered a need to provide local children, many of whom had been orphaned or made homeless by HIV/AIDS, with shelter, food, and basic care in order to keep them off the streets. A local man had begun running a makeshift daycare, sheltering the children in a mud-floored local building. The children were receiving one meal a day, and at night the 10 youngest were crammed into two twin beds. The other 22 children were left to fend for themselves. The situation was dire.
Lynn returned to Canada and raised funds through family and friends to establish Majengo Children’s Home. A friend of Lynn’s from the US, Matt McKissock, visited Majengo and was so inspired by the project that he and Lynn partnered to establish the US-based charity, the Warren Majengo Foundation.
Thus the Majengo family was born.
Since 2008, Majengo Children’s Home has grown from 27 to 87 children, now living on an 11-acre piece of land donated by the Tanzanian government. Our local partner and agent, Mwalimu Anna’s English Medium School, provides education, management and leadership vision to Majengo.