Rescuing Children. Restoring Hope. Transforming Lives.


Who started Amani and how?

Amani Children’s Home was established September, 2001, by local Tanzanians to meet the needs of the rapidly growing population of street children in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania. They named the new home “Amani,” which means peace in Swahili. Life on the streets is terrifying and dangerous for children, and from the very beginning Amani has been a haven of peace for children who are homeless. Amani is proud to have been founded by locals and, to this day, almost all of the staff, leadership and Board are indigenous Tanzanians. We believe that the local community knows its own needs and the best ways to address them. Learn more about Amani’s history in photos.

Why are there street children in Tanzania?

The root causes behind children fleeing to the streets are complex and multi-faceted and each child has their own individual story and background. However, almost all children go to the streets seeking escape from hunger, abuse or neglect. Other root causes include: HIV/AIDS, rising divorce rates, the lack of rights for women and children, the prohibitive cost of primary education, and the lack of a functioning government-run social welfare system. For some specific examples of reasons why children run to the streets, read about the Amani children’s individual stories.

How many kids live at Amani? How old are they? Are there both boys and girls?

Amani is not an orphanage. We are committed to helping reunify children with their relatives whenever possible. The number of children living at Amani changes from day to day, as more children turn to Amani for help and as our social workers reunify children with their family. On average the number of children living at Amani stays between 70-100 children, both boys and girls, between the ages of 6 and 17. In addition to the children living at Amani, we continue to support kids who used to be homeless who Amani’s social workers were able to reunify with relatives. In 2009, Amani supported 288 children, both at our center and throughout the Tanzanian community.

Is Amani affiliated with a religious denomination or organization?

Amani is committed to nurturing the children’s spiritual growth. However, Amani is not affiliated with any denomination or particular religious organization. There are several different religious organizations who have chosen to support us, both financially and by teaching and interacting with the children.

How is Amani funded?

Amani receives funding from three sources – foundations, businesses, and individuals – with the bulk of our funding coming from individuals. Every donor makes a difference. To learn more about how you can make a difference in the lives of homeless children in Tanzania, email us at, or donate today. You’ll find some of the organizations whose partnership with Amani continues to change the lives of vulnerable Tanzanian children here.

How do I know I can trust Amani with my donations?

Amani is dedicated to the sound management and financial integrity. Amani is externally audited on an annual basis. Also, Amani is governed by an active external Board of Trustees – all of whom live in Moshi; none of whom receive payment for their role in Amani’s supervision. This is made up of men and women including: a German doctor, a Tanzanian social worker, and Indian priest, a British accountant, a Tanzanian management consultant, an Indian educations specialist and a Tanzanian human rights advocate. Learn more about governance at Amani.

How can I help?

There are several ways you can help. First of all, join our Monthly sponsorship program. Sponsors commit to give monthly to Amani and provide a reliable source of support for the Amani children. Then, consider where you can spread the word about Amani – raising support from your business, church, or community group. You also may apply for membership with Friends of Amani in your home country. If you have skills that you feel would benefit the children and caregivers at Amani, consider applying for our volunteer program.