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Giving children fresh meaning to their lives

The items included computer desks, office chairs, benches, tables, a water dispenser and filing cabinet. The donation is part of the micro financial institution's 'Help Hope Return' initiative.


Speaking at the handover ceremony held at the orphanage, the chairman of Blue Financial Services Tanzania, Shekhar Kanabar said that more than 2 million children become orphans every year in Africa and most of them live in Sub-Saharan Africa. ''Blue Financial Services believes the most important gift we can give to the less fortunate is to give them hope and allow it to root itself at the centre of their lives. It is through hope that people find the inspiration to dream about a better future and start to create it,'' Kanabar said.


On behalf of the orphanage, the visiting president of Help2Kids foundation Frank Hakenjos thanked the company for the support extended to the centre to help instill hope in the children at the orphanage. He said Help2kids is a young and dynamic Non Profit Organization with its headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. It supports orphans in Tanzania, and strives to enable children to pursue a sustainable future.  ''All donations - small and large are greatly appreciated and more significant than one can imagine. We believe that small actions have big effects. You can support the kids by a monetary donation or by contributions of all kinds.

If you have ideas about things that might be useful for our orphanage, please let us know. A similar centre will be opened in Arusha and Malawi in the near future,'' Hakejons said. Children received at the centre are verified and their background is taken into consideration. ''The process is carried out with the help of local authorities and Social Welfare District offices. For example we work very closely with Shaban Mhali at Kinondoni District Welfare office who visits the centre at least three times a week to assess the safety of the children,'' Hakejons explained.


One of the volunteers, Corinne Moser who plays a very important part in the care and nurturing of the children commended Blue Financial Services for the support given to the needy.  Blue Financial Services, a micro-finance institution and operates in 12 different countries in Africa offering innovative financials services to formally employed, but under banked and underserved employees. Their operation in Tanzania opened five years ago and is currently operating in nine regions. These are Mbeya, Tabora, Kigoma, Dodoma, Mwanza, Tanga, Morogoro, Dar es Salaam and Arusha.

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