Located in Arusha, Northern Tanzania, Karama Orphanage was opened in 2011 by Connie Naber. After spending several years volunteering within orphanages in Arusha, Tanzania, Connie Naber learnt about the plight of several children that were about to face displacement from an orphanage. Without hesitation (and an awful lot of hard work in between), Connie founded and opened the Karama Orphanage in 2011 to provide housing and care for children with HIV/AIDS. Currently housing and caring for 11 children, Karama provides a family life and moreover essential medical care to improve the life-chances for the children with HIV/AIDS. Caring for the children is a small team of Tanzanian staff and like any household, looking after children is hardwork! With all of the children attending school together with food bills and moreover the vital HIV/AIDS medical supplies. the costs of running Karama Orphanage soon rack up.
Along with Connie, behind the scenes of Karama and far beyond Arusha, a team of UK and US volunteers dedicate their time to raise funds, gather resources and volunteer at the orphanage to improve facilities, secure funding and create a brighter future for young people with limited life chances. One of the biggest expenses Karama Orphanage face are the medical bills for HIV/AIDS treatment and related conditions. In 2014, The Juniper Trust helped with £1000 to pay for medical visits and a much needed fridge/freezer. In 2015 Juniper Trust donated a further £1000 to help with the day to day running costs, new bedding, clothing, sofa repairs and a bunk bed. In 2016, Hayley Rudd, one of Karama’s UK volunteers participated in Tough Mudder and with the support of Juniper Trust successfully raised £3664.59 to pay for medicine, clinic and hospital expenses, medical supplies and transport to and from appointments.
In June 2017, Haley will be walking the Coast to Coast; from St Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay in 14 days (199 miles), with the help of a few friends “to raise money for my beloved kids at Karama Orphanage in Tanzania - since my last fundraiser we have welcomed 4 new additions to our home. As you probably know most of the children are HIV+ and one boy suffers from cerebral palsy”. The target this year is to raise £3000 to pay for medical expenses at Karama for the next year.
Well done Haley!