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Watoto Kicheko - Laughter of a Child Foundation
Watoto Kicheko - Laughter of a Child Foundation

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Don’t miss your chance to support Laughter of a Child Foundation in Humble Bundle’s End of Summer Sale!

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Now you can help Laughter of a Child Foundation and find a great selection of games and weekly deals in the Humble Store

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It has been another good week, all considered. The fundraising drive for part of Careen and Rose’s hospital fees has now closed. Sadly, we only raised 40% of the $2,000 we hoped for. But we are grateful to those who contributed and thank you very much. The good news is that they both continue to do well and stay healthy, which is the important thing. We wish all our followers a lovely weekend.
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Most of the schools (and many of the hospitals) here in Tanzania are ‘denominational’ or ‘faith-based’, they are Anglican, Catholic, Muslim, Pentecostal, or whatever (which is not to say that they all exclude followers of other religions, of course). But they may frequently have strong requirements relating to a child’s beliefs, and/or those of the child’s parents. However, none of them that I am aware of accept prayers as payment for fees! Donations and sponsorships save lives; it’s hard to think of anything more practical than that.
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One of our crawlers, Enok, is just over a year old. He is an avid crawler, who loves to escape the confines of the house. He can be long out of sight before anyone notices he has gone. But he hasn’t really got into walking yet. Hopefully it’s his next baby milestone. He can hang on to things and walk, but he still prefers crawling. When I arrived at Watoto Kicheko this morning he had already managed to crawl outside, along the verandah and down the ramp without anyone inside noticing.
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It’s a great day for the whole Watoto Kicheko Center when a child receives school sponsorship because it means their school fees are covered until they graduate. With more than twenty children, that’s a lot of money. So today we were delighted to be informed that we have sponsorship for two of our boys.
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Child carers at Watoto Kicheko are carefully selected, trained and mentored. And they certainly do a wonderful job. Naturally, they are adored by our children, to whom they are mothers, fathers, friends and teachers.
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It is far better if a child is brought to a facility, and the connection with their family and community retained, than for that child to be abandoned, without any idea of who their family or community is. For that to happen, parents and carers need to know that they will not be stigmatized just for seeking help, for trying to get the best care for their children, especially where they are unable to give them that care themselves, or unable to do so alone.
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Watoto Kicheko tends to receive children with special needs, particularly babies. Many are premature, some are abandoned, mothers die giving birth, there are disabilities, unexplained sicknesses and some who have identifiable sicknesses, but whose care is far too expensive for their family.
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Child sponsorship is one of the most difficult issues faced by Watoto Kicheko. It costs several hundred dollars a month to raise a child under normal circumstances. But some of our children have immediate and pressing health needs, and their hospital costs can be a lot higher.
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