Forever Angels Baby Home provides interim care for orphaned and abandoned children in Tanzania. It is the realisation of a dream Amy Hathaway had as a young child after watching images of the Ethiopian Famine. Amy and her husband moved to Tanzania in 2002 to teach at an International School. Whilst there, they visited many orphanages where children were being very poorly cared for. After seeing a huge need for a home specifically for babies, Forever Angels was built and they took in their first child in 2006.
Since then the focus has been on reuniting orphaned and abandoned children with their relatives and setting them up to be able to provide life-long care. After years of working closely with these families, learning from them, Forever Angels found that child abandonment could be prevented by empowering a family. Forever Projects was born as a way to work closely with at risk families and provide nutrition and education so families can live independently.
Meanwhile The Baby Home has been improved and expanded to include a pre-school, a sensory room for SEN children and a ‘Tiny Baby’ home, offering specialised care for premature, seriously ill or malnourished newborn babies.
The emphasis is upon high quality interim care and our goal is for every child to be raised in a loving home.
80% of the children who enter our care have returned to live with their biological families or have been adopted into new families.
This is highly indicative of the success of the Baby Home and the excellent relationships that have been established with the local community and services.
Children are provided with a stimulating environment with the focus on play; music, dancing, water play, painting, building, sports and all the other activities that children love and which helps them become fully rounded individuals and able to meet their developmental milestones.
The Baby Home is recognised as an excellent local employer and is a popular place to work. Our staff are all local Tanzanians and 85% are women so we are helping to empower a marginalised section of society.
We offer continuous training to our staff and almost all have participated in training courses in Child Care, Special Needs, Food and Hygiene, Dental Hygiene, HIV and First Aid. This training is often used with their own children and also passed on to their villages and communities and so extending the reach.
We work closely with Tanzanian families and through holistic support, we empower them to care for their kids. Meaning children never enter an orphanage.
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We have specialised equipment for children who have severe Special Educational Needs and Staff who are specifically trained to work daily with these children.
We provide physiotherapy, one to one time in our purpose built Sensory Room, record their progress and plan future targets.