In many a third world country, birthdays are often not celebrated or even remembered. The addition of a child to a family in poverty is often not considered a reason for rejoicing. Such an attitude does not make a child feel welcomed in the world. And if a child is abandoned, the feeling of rejection is even more pronounced.
But at Treasures of Africa Children’s Home in Moshi, Tanzania, it has been our intentional practice to celebrate each child’s birthday. We want them to know they are valued and loved. Though our birthday celebrations are much humbler than a traditional birthday one might experience in the U.S., they are treasured by our kids because they mark the celebration of their birth. Here are some of our recent birthday celebrants - all who have lived with us here at Treasures of Africa for over 8 years. We delight in their maturation and rejoice over who they have become!