About Our Children

Each child at Tír na nÓg has individual talents, interests and dreams for their futures. Unfortunately, all of our children also have their own unique story which eventually led them to our care. UNICEF estimates that over 3.1 million children are living without parents in Tanzania with a further 1.2 million children orphaned due to Aids/HIV. The Aids epidemic in Tanzania has devastated an entire generation leaving many children in desperate circumstances.

Children are driven away or leave their homes by a combination of factors including poverty, neglect, family crisis, rising divorce rates, illness, as well as verbal, physical and sexual abuse. Once on the streets, children also face the threat of exploitation from peers and adults, constant hunger and a lack of access to health care or education.

Children at Tír na nÓg are a product of these social issues and have often experienced a lifetime of suffering by the time they come to us. Neglect, abuse and hunger leave trauma and scars, but Tír na nÓg provides vital assistance, offering the children a safe home, health care and an education. We are also committed to giving the children high quality care and love throughout the process, regardless of their age or background. Whenever possible, we reunify children with extended family members and support them by providing food and paying for school fees.

Our ultimate goal is to become as self-sufficient as possible by maintaining an operational farm and developing a support network to help our children get the best education possible.

In spite of their tragic pasts the children are always smiling and full of fun. They love to play, they love to learn and they take good care of each other. Although new children come in regularly and others are reunified, the home retains a sense of family that we all cherish and are so proud to uphold.

For reasons of privacy, we have chosen not to identify the children in our care by name or by individual stories.