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Glorious Orphanage Corporation, founded in 2010, is a non-profit organization located in Arusha, Tanzania. Glorious Orphanage is an orphanage school with over 100 students from 3 to 11 years old. Despite its recent incorporation, Glorious Orphanage has been around since 2003. Alice Mathew is its director and founder. Previously a volunteer for Care International, Alice would travel around Arusha, tending to those with HIV and AIDS. She noticed that once her patients lost their battle with AIDS, their children would either be taken in by relatives or foster families and were rarely given the opportunity of education. She took it upon herself to start a school on her own property for these children, and out of her own pocket began feeding them once a week. Not all of these students are orphans, yet each child comes from extreme poverty and generally shares a 1 bedroom mud hut with up to 9 relatives of all ages.
Orphanage Schools in Arusha
The growing AIDS epidemic in Tanzania has orphaned thousands of children, in need of care giving, an education, and basic needs such as food and water. Large foreign organizations such as the Red Cross send money to the Tanzanian government, yet corruption often prevents these foreign funds destined for orphanages from reaching the children. Many citizens of Tanzania, realizing these unfortunate circumstances, have taken the initiative to support the children in their own neighborhoods by founding orphanage schools.
If funds allow, these schools provide the children with a basic education and the daily meals to help them survive. Today, most prestigious non-government schools in Arusha were initially founded and registered as orphanages. These orphanage schools sought support from abroad by affiliating themselves with organizations that invited volunteers to witness and help alleviate the dire situation at hand. Without monetary support, these schools only have sufficient funds to feed the children once a week and are not able to pay the salaries of their teachers. As a result, the children often go hungry, and teachers have no motivation to teach the children adequately or even to come to school on a daily basis.
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