Kao La Amani children’s home and kindergarten are currently housed in the same rented building on a plot of land in the town of BomaNg’ombe in the Hai district of Kilimanjaro.
The single-storey building is central to a 1,300m2 compound, accessed via an entrance on the south side. The building itself is arranged around an open courtyard; the small kindergarten and offices on the south side, dorm rooms along the east, toilets and stores to the west, and shared spaces (dining, TV room) to the north.
There are currently 60 children based at the orphanage, between the ages of 3 months and 18 yrs. This is more than the current facilities have a comfortable capacity for; there are 3-4 children per bed in some instances.
Most of the children are from the area west of Kilimanjaro. They are brought to Kao La Amani by the police or by social services and end up staying if the authorities cannot find a suitable family for them to return to.
The younger children attend the kindergarten, then attend Kao la Amani primary school once they reach the age of 5. Secondary school children are funded to attend a variety of schools in the wider region.
Several of the full-time staff live on-site, sharing rooms in cramped conditions.