On Friday 21 September, 2012, Amani Centre for Street Children will celebrate its achievements over the past 10 years, raise awareness of the centre and its work, recognize the Standard 7 graduates and most importantly, create a fun, meaningful day for the children, caregivers and people in Moshi.
The celebration will commence in the morning in town and will carry the message for the day, “Street Children Deserve a Future”. There will be music, announcements, drama skits, sarakasi, a parade through town and an official ceremony with the Chief Guest of Honor at the Clock Tower. The afternoon program will be at Amani with lunch, the graduation ceremony and also activities including ngoma, acrobatic jump rope performances and give former street children and members of their families impacted by Amani’s work the opportunity to speak.
Since 2001, Amani has been rescuing street children, providing them with a safe environment, nutritious food, medical care, counselling and an education. When possible, Amani reunites children with relatives and helps these families and children to attain self sufficiency. The majority of children are between 10-14 years old, although some are younger, and have come to Moshi and nearby Arusha from all parts of Tanzania. The children Amani works with then remain ‘Amani Children’ even after reunification, which means that we continue to work with them, follow up on them, until they can truly positively graduate from Amani; often till the age of 17, 18, 19.
Currently there are 75 children living at the Amani Home. In addition to the 75 children living at the centre, Amani’s street social workers are continuously in contact with about 20-30 children who are still living in the streets of Moshi and Arusha, and our family reunification workers are in regular follow-up contact with another 100-120 Amani children that have been reunified with their families. In total, Amani continuously works with more than 200 (former) street children.