Upendo Daima: unconditional love' in Kiswahili, is a project for street children also supported by the Archdiocese of Mwanza. We collect the children from the street and look after them with unconditional love.
Motto: "Like a shepherd he feeds his flock and gathers the lambs in his arms. Holding them carefully close to his heart leading them home. "I myself will shepherd them, for others will lead them Astray. The lost I will rescue and heal their wounds and pasture giving them rest." - Isaiah
Mission: To re-unify street children with their families through counseling and various kinds of support including residential care.
A sister of the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa started this project in 1995. In 2000 Marga van Barschot, started as a lay missionary of the Society for African Missions, as coordinator of this project. Before she went to Africa, she worked in the Netherlands as a social worker in the youth care. She decided to apply her knowledge and love for children in Tanzania.
Meanwhile the project has grown into a coherent organization with 22 Tanzanians, working as a counselor, tutor, teacher, cook, gardener, nurse or guard, at the end of 2016 Marga handed over her responsibilitis to a new director named Laurent Sabini.
The management team consist of the following people:
- Laurent Sabini: Director
- Milanga Ally Acting Manager Back Home House
- Hoja A. Tarsisius, Acting Manager Malimbe Family
- Patricia Paul Buswage, Financial Officer
Team members go regularly to the streets to seek contact with the children and gain their trust. Because Upendo Daima offers accommodation in the Back Home House, a place where children receive love and care, a trust relationship can be developed and as a result real help can be offered. The main objective is to reunite street children with their families and to support them in their development as much as realistically possible. Soon after the children have arrived in the Back Home house, the team will, jointly with the children, look for their family and establish contact with the community leaders.
It is not possible to reunite each child with his parents or his family. Therefore, the Malimbe Family has been created. The children in the Malimbe family can go to the local primary school and receive the attention that every child deserves. The children are helped and guided to become independent and learn a trade so that they can earn their own living in the future.