In 2014, as Amani was celebrating its 13 years of existence, we started thinking about the future of the organization and created a seven-year action plan. One of the components of that plan was to begin opening small Amani branches around the country.
The children we rescue from the streets of Moshi and Arusha come from all over Tanzania. When they leave their homes in search of work they usually go to the closest (small or medium sized) city. After some time – that can be weeks or months - they move to a bigger city where they think there will be more job opportunities. And that is how children from diffrent regions end up in Arusha.
The idea behind the satellites is to have small Amani Centers in those medium-sized cities where many children come from, to allow us to find them faster and bring them back to their families. As our social workers know too well, the sooner you find a child after he flees to the streets, the easier it is to bring them back home. The reason for this is that on the streets children often go through traumatic experiences and learn new social norms that are incompatible with family life.
When one of the committed Amani supporters showed interest in funding the first ever Amani Satellite we jumped at the opportunity and started to plan. To select the area we first looked at the place of origin of the children at Amani. Then we narrowed it down by considering whether there are other street-children organizations in the area and good road communication with Moshi. Soon we had a clear choice - SINGIDA!