The Rift Valley Children’s Village
The Rift Valley Children’s Village (RVCV) currently provides a permanent and loving home for 94 marginalized and orphaned children. Nestled among the coffee plantations in the Karatu region of northern Tanzania, the Children’s Village is an oasis of laughter and joy.
The RVCV staff works with local village leaders to identify orphaned children in the surrounding community in need of the safe haven RVCV can provide. From the moment they step through our gates, these children become permanent members of the RVCV family.
When they arrive at RVCV, we often find that our children are suffering from malnutrition, weakened immune systems, and emotional scars. However, almost immediately, the healing process begins. A team of Tanzanian social workers, international staff and volunteers works with each of the children to ensure that they are physically and emotionally cared for and that they have the opportunity to learn and grow into happy, healthy adults. Living together–doing chores alongside their housemothers and reading and playing with the volunteers – the children become members of a close-knit community that balances laughter and learning in equal measure.
The children live together in houses of twelve, with two Tanzanian housemothers, one Tanzanian student teacher, and two international volunteers. RVCV currently has six children’s houses and two young men’s houses, where older boys returning from secondary school stay while on school vacations.
Life at RVCV is structured, yet relaxed. Whether they are playing, doing their homework or learning new skills, the children receive the individual attention and unconditional love that allows them to thrive.