no selection at the gate

How we work

What distinguishes Happy Watoto from other charities is our working method in Tanzania:

  • Every child is welcome, regardless of its academic abilities, and there is no selective screening process.
  • We provide an extensive educational curriculum so that the children can develop their full potential.
  • We pay close attention to the development of each child and provide them with an appropriate learning track.
  • We work exclusively with local people and are careful to respect local culture and customs.
  • We are entirely independent, but maintain good relations with local administrators.

and in the Netherlands:

  • We're a dynamic foundation with clear communication and a hands-on board that visits Tanzania frequently.
  • Our overhead costs are very low, so virtually every euro is spent on the projects.
  • We do not use sponsor money to finance our fund-raising activities.
  • The board does not receive remuneration and pays for their own travel and accommadation costs.

Experiences of our team in Tanzania

Nolarip Obed Ngungat

Nolarip started as a teacher, and came to Kikatiti in 2008. She loves the children at Kikatiti, and wants to help them reaching their goals, and make sure their dreams come true. As per 2017 she is one of the general manager of the overall project, responsible for the homes and social work.

“These kids come from situations where they cannot do anything with their dreams and aspirations. The most important years for a kid are between 0 and 6. They come here at the age of three, so we work hard to make up for those first three years. There are small things through which people can help the kids, for example by giving toys. In Tanzania it is not normal for kids to play with toys, so at Kikatiti Nolarip makes sure that the matrons and patrons teach the kids how to play."

Nolarip Obed Ngungat, Manager Ngorika Home
Martina Joseph Kirway
Martina learned about Kikatiti in a special way, as her little niece went to Kikatiti after Martina’s sister passed away. Five years later, in 2010, she inquired whether Kikatiti was hiring and she was told she could start right away. Her highlights of the last three years were the workshops and pedagogical studies offered by Happy Watoto. These gave her the opportunity to also develop herself. Besides that, she of course loves to have the children around.

“They see me as their mother and I see them as if they are my own.” Martina Joseph Kirway, matron
Martha Jonathan Suki

Martha Jonathan Suki started working at Happy Watoto Kikatiti home as matron in June 2008. In 2013 she became assistant manager. Her responsibilities are to make sure children are safe, health and happy. To make sure Kikatiti staff is taking his/her responsibilities, arrange the daily schedule and to control the budget together with our general manager. As member of the management team she share lots of ideas.

"My aim is to see children are successful while at Happy Watoto and predict a good life in their future life." 

Martha Jonathan Suki, Head of Kikatiti Home
Mathew Massawe
Mathew started at Happy Watoto in Kikatiti in 2004 as deputy manager, book keeper and partly patron. Per January 2011 he moved to Ngorika and acted as deputy manager / finance manager for the overall project. In 2017 he was appointed general manager supervising the Ngorika school, the Lerai garden and finance department. 

"I can manage what others can not and others can manage what I can not. But if we put our efforts together we can manage for the betterment of the children and society in general." Mathew Massawe, General Manager
Mwanne Hamis Maganga
Former clothing store owner Mwanne decided to switch jobs two years ago and to come working for Ngorika children's home as a matron. What she loves most is having the children around, play and talk to them, as they make her happy and smile every day. Mwanne wishes that all the kids get a good education and continue to grow, so that it will be easier for them to find a job.

"These kids come from a difficult situation, but this is a good place for them. A place where we fight poverty through education." Mwanne Maganga, matron
Alex Johnson
Alex has been working with Happy Watoto since the year 2012. He moved from a normal teacher to sports teacher in 2013, academic teacher in 2014 to become the head of the school in 2016. Besides his managerial tasks he teaches mathematics, science and English in the upper classes, especially the examinable classes to meet the set goals and objectives of Happy Watoto School.

"My contributions in part of my team have made Ngorika School shine in sports and academic all through the ward to the national level. Therefore, Happy Watoto is a place to be for everyone.” Alex Johnson, academic teacher
Mary Kasale
Mary Kasale joined Happy Watoto as socialworker in 2010. Her duties as social work is to do home visit (collecting data) in search for new children (at age 3) for Kikatiti and to make sure that they feel at home and happy by telling them the impotence of being at Happy Watoto homes, conduct individual talks with children in order to give them a chance to express them self, educate parent through seminars or workshop concern children development /rights. Counseling children when they have a problem. Follow up on the children in our care who are in secondary school and other training institutions. Ensure cordial relations are maintained with the relatives of children, maintain cordial working relationship with the government social welfare department and networking with other orphanage centre.

"Children in need, who have no future prospects: those are our selection criteria." Mary Kasale, Head of Social Work
Stefano Karangy Lucamay
Before Stefano came to Ngorika in 2010, he was a patron at a different children’s home. He became a patron because he loves the energy that children give him and he loves teaching them new things.

“Ngorika is a good place, because the children have a lot of space here.” Stefano Karangy Lucamay, patron

Number of children helped

With the help of our donors and sponsors we have already been able to help 2.436 children to get a head start.
Your support can help us to continue expanding our activities.

2000  Official opening of our foundation
2001 Construction of the home in Kikatiti (phase I)
2002     Number of orphans increases from 15 to 40
2003 Support for two day care centres
Cooperation with Joyce Sagala’s Arumeru Women’s Support Group
2005 Registration of the NGO in Tanzania
2006 Expansion of the board
2007 Support for 30 Maasai primary schools
2008 Support for the Imbaseni water project
2009 Review of strategy and cooperation with Good Hope
2010 Start construction on Ngorika house and school (phase II)
2011 Inauguration of Ngorika primary school
2012 Start of vegetable gardens and sport fields
2013 Projects transition to African management
2014 Cooperation with secondary schools (phase III)
2015 Name change into Happy Watoto, Tanzanian homes & schools
2016 Next generation, two-headed new leadership, 
2017 CBF certification
2018 new head of Ngorika school
2019 strong female NGO board in place