As a response to the desperate plight of Tanzanian children who have been abandoned by parents – either by reason of disease and death, divorce or other incapacity to maintain the family unit, a group of Tanzanian private citizens decided to register a children’s home and to call it, “Larchfield”, to serve as a happy, safe and secure environment for Tanzanian children who have no home. In 2011 Larchfield (as Larchfield Charity Organisation) (“Larchfield Tanzania”) was legally set up as an NGO [#00NG0/00005420] and acquired 11.5 acres of land at Mkuranga, (some 40 miles south of Dar-es-Salaam) where there are many disadvantaged children – the lucky ones are fostered with other families. With government and private sector encouragement the Larchfield Project began. The objective is to build and operate a purpose built children’s home, initially for 50 children, but phased to accommodate eventually up to 300. The project will also include a medical dispensary and a centre for vocatinal training in agriculture.
Larchfield (as Larchfield Tanzania Homes) has been independently set up in UK (“Larchfield Tanzania Homes”) and duly registered with the UK Charity Commission under number 1163227. As “Larchfield Children’s Home Foundation Inc.” it has received Tax exempt status under US IRC Section 501 (c) (3). All three Larchfields work together as one to deliver this project.
The actual design of the Home was inspired by a philanthropic group of imaginative architectural students, staff and professionals called “Core Coordination Team”. The plans and drawings are taking shape – see “Workshops” – and we will be aiming for construction to start in April 2016 and for Phase 1 of the project to open in July 2016.
Larchfield will be designed and managed to provide a homely, safe haven for homeless children where, despite having begun their lives at a disadvantage, they can grow up to lead happy, responsible and caring lives and be a credit to the community they live in, inspiring others by their example.