Samaritan Village exists for the purpose of implementing the Great Commission of Jesus Christ to go into all the world and preach the gospel, by providing physical, mental and spiritual care for orphaned children in Tanzania, Africa.
Samaritan Village is a private, non-profit organization established and run by volunteers to develop, expand and maintain a Christian orphanage to care for abandoned and orphaned children.
We work to reduce the number of abandoned children and the deaths of children in Tanzania by providing care for those whose parents have either died or abandoned them and who have no relatives responsible for their care. This is accomplished by providing a safe and stable Christian home environment where children are provided food, shelter, clothing, education and medical care.
Born From a Tragic Need
The founder of this incredible work is Elizabeth Mwalozi, a native of Tanzania, Africa. Elizabeth was educated in Christian schools while growing up in Tanzania. She came to America in 1964 to further her education and receive her BA degree from San Francisco State University in California. She later became a teacher.
While a high school student at a boarding school in Tanzania, Elizabeth helped care for infants who were brought to the nearby hospital by parents who were unable to care for them. The number of babies being taken to the facility was so overwhelming that the hospital could only provide care for them until the age of three or four. After that, the children were be given back into the hands of relatives--relatives who themselves were often in poverty and near starvation.
Tragically, most of the infants died soon after being released to their families.. Elizabeth was a witness to this horror.
God placed a burden for these children on Elizabeth’s heart. She decided to do her utmost to establish a permanent orphanage in Tanzania for abandoned and orphaned babies.
Samaritan Village Begins
It wasn't until Elizabeth shared her story with a group of Christians in Yuba City, California in the early 1990's, that something was done to rescue these children. She received an immediate response. Thanks to the prayers and dedication of that small group of volunteers and another like-minded group of Believers in Arusha Tanzania, Samaritan Village Orphanage was created in 1992 and began caring for children in 1996.
Samaritan Village Today
With its goal of rescuing abandoned children and giving them a permanent home clearly in mind, the first objective has always been to find families who will adopt these children. Since its beginning in a small house in Arusha, Samaritan Village has rescued over two hundred children. The majority have been adopted by families from around the world. Those children who have not been adopted have been given a home at Samaritan Village so that through the Grace of God, these once abandoned children now have a place they call home.
Today, SamaritanVillage is growing and currently cares for more than 50 children in a permanent residence with a 24 hour staff to care for them. The orphanage provides each child with nutritious food, clothing, health care and education in a warm and loving Christian environment. Samaritan Village has its own chapel for daily worship and serves not only the children, but many members in the community as well.
Samaritan Village’s Future
Samaritan Village is continuing to expand in order to rescue more children and meet the diverse needs of the those in the surrounding community. We just opened a three story medical clinic and dormitory that serves many of the health needs of the children and the local community. The building also adds rooms for up to eighty more children. In addition, we have completed a new nursery that allows us to provide better care for babies brought to the orphanage with severe medical needs.
We just completed a new pig house, a new cow barn/chicken coup (housing 400 laying chickens) and a new storage building. The next project will be to complete a new office/meeting building.
Go to the SPONSOR Page to read the stories of the children who are growing up at Samaritan Village.
Founder: Elizabeth Mwalozi Mswai
Chairman: Larry Todd
Vice-Chairman: Pastor Jim Clark Secretary: Rosalyn Watson
Treasurer: Joan Hackney
Sponsorship: Martha Green
Events Coordinator: Richard Hackney
Board Members: Judy Lee. Anne Hamilton, Lela Jenkins, Mary Jane Salvato, Rita Collins, Marcella Westhouse
Founder: Elizabeth Mwalozi Mswai
Chairman: Monica Kwayu
Treasurer: Eliniradhi Mswai
Secretary: Josephat Mmanyi
Board Members: Peter Malulu, Lilian Washokera,
Kaninsia Sist, Felicita Mangalu