Serving Children in Tanzania


Though Tanzania’s economy continues to grow stronger with each year, an estimated 12 million citizens remain trapped in poverty. Children feel the brunt of it, with more than 35% experiencing stunted growth due to severe malnutrition. Additionally, because of the limited resources and food, many of the country’s orphans and street children go uncared for.

Population: 58,574,092

Capital: Dodoma

Religion: Christian (61.4%), Muslim (35.2%), folk religion (1.8%)

Language: Kiswahili or Swahili, Kiunguja, English, Arabic

Percent of people living on less than $3.10/day: 76.10%


Ministry Overview

We are working to restore the lives of children, change the perception of orphans, and correct the misconceptions about adoption in Tanzanian culture.

We serve the vulnerable street children in the city of Mwanza by providing a safe, loving, and stable environment where they can be fed, clothed, educated, and experience the love of Christ.


Areas of Focus

Since 1997 we have worked to rescue and restore hope to children who’ve never experienced childhood.

The children in our care primarily come from living on the streets of a large city or are brought to us due to loss of one or both parents. Sometimes a child is brought to us as a result of abuse in the home. Providing a safe housing environment in a dorm-style setting with house parents is critical to rebuilding trust with the children.

We seek to share the love of Christ with every child through both word and deed in the same manner as parents are commanded to raise their own children in the knowledge of Christ. As children accept Christ and mature spiritually, we want to see them apply biblical principles and knowledge in all areas of life. As “our” children graduate or age out of the ministry, we want them to understand their purpose of glorifying God and appreciate the biblical basis for their value as a person made in God’s image.

Every child in our care has the opportunity to attend a school operated and financed by us. The primary and secondary schools strive to promote an educational culture of grace. We structure the curriculum so that the message and hope of Christ is woven into each subject, while also preparing children to excel in the national exams and prepare them to impact the world for Christ.

Due to the conditions and situations from which children are rescued, significant time and energy is invested in helping them heal from various forms of abuse and neglect. The recovery from physical ailments can be easier to recognize, but the emotional and spiritual restoration of these young hearts can take much longer.

We have a number of children who won’t be able to attend school beyond Form 4 (high school senior) because their exam scores aren’t high enough to qualify for university. In these situations, we strive to provide students with vocational skills (welding, woodworking, plumbing, metal fabrication, agriculture, sewing/tailoring), that can be used when they go into the marketplace. We also strive to have mutually beneficial relationships with business owners in the community to help our kids get some work experience as they get into their mid-to-late teens.

Stories and Updates

August 1

Celebrating God’s Work In Tanzania

Thank you for loving our kids in Tanzania through child sponsorships, giving, and praying. You are making a difference. Here’s a fun update from our team—   Celebrating Nine Children Giving Their Life to Christ On April 21, nine children from TCRC …Read More

April 5

Don’t Miss What’s Happening in Tanzania!

Your prayer and generosity continue to transform the lives of children we serve around the world. Including Tanzania. Here’s what God is doing right now through you. Our team writes—   Lots has happened in Tanzania since we last updated …Read More

December 15

Can You Help Boys in Tanzania Build a Dorm?

Thank you for caring about boys in Tanzania. As you know, the country has faced famine and poverty for many years. And as a result, an estimated 12 million citizens remain trapped in hopeless situations. And because of an extreme …Read More

July 27

What Happens to Widows like Esther in Tanzania?

Thank you for loving our kids in Tanzania through child sponsorships, giving, and praying. You are making an difference. In our last update, we were excited to share how God is using goats (yes, goats!) to help provide for our ministry. Today, we …Read More

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“We pray that, beyond the restored lives of our children, we are changing the perception of orphans in Tanzania, along with the misconceptions about adoption in the Tanzanian culture. And hopefully the children growing up at TCRC and ultimately leaving as young men and women are changing the future.”

Matt Hughes