Founded in 2004, The Baobab Home is a small, community-focused NGO located on a 12-acre farm where we raise organic fruits, vegetables, fish, poultry and cows just outside of Bagamoyo, Tanzania.
Our mission is to help children from families affected by HIV/AIDS, mental illness, and poverty.
Our vision is to improve the future of Tanzania’s most vulnerable children.
We started as an orphanage in 2004 when the founders, Terri Place and Caito Mwandu, dreamed of opening a home for orphaned children in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. The reality they found was that most children were not truly orphaned, but rather came from homes that could no longer support the children due to issues related to HIV/AIDS, mental illness, and poverty. Work through the years taught them that in order to effectively provide for vulnerable children, the focus had to be not only on the kids, but on their extended families and the broader community.
Thus, The Baobab Home expanded its focus to help improve the Bagamoyo community. The approach is holistic, taking into account the various social, economic, and psychological aspects of disadvantaged situations, in order to come up with sustainable solutions.
Our programs have evolved over the years to meet the changing needs of our community. We are currently running the following programs:
Children's Home: family-style orphanage for vulnerable children whose families are unable to care for them.
Steven Tito Academy: English-medium, charity primary school that opened in 2012 to serve the children of the local community.
Organic Farm: twelve acres of arable land where we manage fishponds, cows, poultry, a biogas system, fruit trees, and several organic gardens.
Breakfast Program: daily breakfast served to HIV/AIDS patients at the district hospital serving 1600 patients per month.
Outreach Work: assistance to individuals in the community who are in need. This program is run on a case-by-case basis.
The Baobab Home is a registered 501(c)(3) organization in the USA and a registered foreign NGO in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. All donations are tax-deductible in the USA.
Thank you (Asante sana in Swahili)!