Last year, Afrika Fifty6 launched Project Tanzania, aimed to support the Ijango Zaidia Orphanage Center located in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. On August 16, 2014, Afrika Fifty6 partnered with critically acclaimed photographer Shamayim to raise proceeds for Ijango Zaidia. As a continued effort of the ongoing Project Tanzania, Afrika Fifty6 will be traveling to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania on February 1, 2015 to provide the Ijango Zaidia Orphanage Center with essential materials to improve the lives of the orphans the organization supports.
Ijango Zaidia was officially founded in 1996 by Zaidia Nuru Hassan Ijango as the result of a Lake Victoria ferry accident. On May 21, 1996, the MV Bukoba capsized, killing more than 1,000 people, many of whom were parents. As a result, many children were left without families. Zaidia Nuru Hassan Ijango took it upon herself to take care of the children affected by the tragedy, and children who lost their parents in other ways. The word “Zaidia”, which coincidentally loosely translates to “support”, is a fitting name not only for the organization itself, but for its leader’s generous heart. In addition to her providing the children with shelter and family, she also uses her earnings from informal jobs to purchase materials for the benefit of the orphanage.
Currently, the orphanage provides several services to its constituents, including basic necessities such as food, shelter, school fees, and health care. Additionally, Ijango Zaidia provides orphans with personal guidance, and general emotional support. Like any other nonprofit, the organization is in continuous need of resources to sustain its growing needs. As Ijango Zaidia’s website indicates, they are in continuous need of financial support to rent facilities, and basic amenities such as beds, mattresses, mosquito nets, and school supplies. As Project Tanzania continues, Afrika Fifty6 hopes to be able to meet some of these needs, and improve the lives of the organization’s leaders, the orphans supported by the center, and the community at large.