Meet the Children of Treasures of Africa

Birthday: December 13

Before he came to live at Treasures of Africa, we visited Antoni in the local hospital, where he had been a patient for many days. His mother had brought Antoni to the hospital for treatment, but she was also seriously ill...

Birthday: May 8

Awadhi is a special child. He was brought to Treasures of Africa after the death of his mother. His father was in prison. His uncle tried to take care of him, but soon found he was unable to do so due to the many challenges that...

Birthday: March 23

Benny’s father died when he was only 10 years old. Being the oldest of 4 children, he had to grow up quickly and help his mother with the other children and the responsibilities of the house. Because educational...

Birthday: May 7

Seven year old Brian was brought to Treasures of Africa Children’s Home by the local Welfare officials. His parents both died some years ago. He was taken in by a neighbor in his rural village. But when it came time...

Birthday: August 9

Catherine is a lovely young lady with a quiet temperament. Her gentleness does not betray the tremendous amount of loss she has experienced in her 14 years of life. Her father died when she was very young and ...

Birthday: January 1

In January 2017, a tiny baby girl was brought to Treasures of Africa. She had been abandoned in a public outhouse in a rural village. An elderly woman who had gone to use the toilet heard her weak cries...

Birthday: July 31

Diamond is a beautiful 10 year old girl who is excelling in Primary School. When she was a newborn infant weighing less than 5 pounds, she was found abandoned in a rural area in a pile of agricultural refuse. Though the authorities tried to find...

Birthday: May 4

Doreen was 8 years old when she was brought to Treasures of Africa. Both of her parents and an older sister had died due to AIDS related illnesses. She was living in a one room mud house with her two older...

Birthday: March 3

Emmanueli is a teenage boy with a striking smile. But behind that smile is a life that had very hard beginnings. His father died when he was very young. Prior to coming to Treasures of Africa, he was living with his mother in a...

Birthday: April 11

A little girl was found early one morning by a farmer, abandoned in his rice field in Tanzania, battered and bruised. She was suffering from exposure as she had spent the night in that cold, wet environment.

Birthday:  September 28

Growing up in a third world nation is challenging enough for anyone. But imagine adding to that the loss of both parents at a young age. This only increased the suffering that two young brothers were...

Birthday: January 12

Glory was one of the first children to be admitted to Treasures of Africa when its doors first opened in March of 2007. She was 7 years old. Her father had died due to drug and alcohol abuse and her mother had abandoned...

Birthday: September 29

Hamidu is a four year old boy with an infectious smile. However, when he first arrived at Treasures of Africa at age three, we saw more tears than smiles. He had been severely burned on his legs by scalding water and the...

Birthday: February 6

Helena was brought to Treasures of Africa when she was 9 years old. Her father had died and her mother had abandoned her. She and her sister were living with an alcoholic uncle who was very ill and elderly...

Birthday: August 3

It is hard to imagine the desperation in the heart of a woman who would leave her newborn baby girl - only hours old – in the middle of the bush. We only know she must have felt utterly despairing of...

Birthday: June 5

The story of Innocent’s life is one of dramatic change. His parents both died from AIDS 3 years apart, leaving him and his siblings orphaned. At the time of his mother’s death, Innocent was 11 years old, his brother...

Birthday: March 15

Irene is a beautiful young lady with a radiant smile and loves to laugh. But just a few years ago, Irene had very little reason to laugh. She never knew her father. Her mother lived a very troubled life and gave birth to...

Birthday: November 27

When we first saw Jeremia, he was sitting in the dirt outside the Kilimanjaro Regional Welfare Office, wearing footsie pajamas that were several sizes too small for him. He was not wearing a diaper and his clothing was...

Birthday: February 26

Jessica joined the TOA family on June 18, 2014. Jessica's mother was a very young and troubled teenage girl who was living in a local center for "street kids". We know nothing of Jessica's father and...

Birthday: December 8

When 14-month-old Joel arrived at Treasures of Africa, he was very clearly suffering from malnutrition. His story is a very tragic one. His father had severely beaten his mother in a drunken rage....

Birthday: May 27

Justina was brought to Treasures of Africa after the death of her mother. Her father, who is HIV positive, was unable to care for her. She was only one year old at the time of her arrival at Treasures of Africa.

Birthday: March 24

Justice was born on March 24, 2007. His mother died shortly after his birth. The hospital did not have any information regarding other family members so he was taken to the Regional Welfare Office who in turn...

Birthday: April 27

Lucy arrived at the Treasures of Africa Children’s Home with her older sister Catherine to be reunited with their younger sister, Justina, who had already been living in our home for 2 years. Lucy was 5 years old at the...

Birthday: May 14

Magdalena came to Treasures of Africa at the age of 5. Her father had never been a part of her life. After her mother died of cancer when she was just 6 months old, Magdalena was living with her great-grandmother in a...

Birthday: May 15

Maria was still swathed in the dirty hospital blanket she had been wrapped in after her birth when she was handed over to TOA staff. Without a shred of clothing and no official paperwork, Maria came to live at Treasures of...

Birthday: February 17

Margaret’s father abandoned her when she was very young. She was living with her mother, her older sister and niece and nephew, and her grandmother in a very small house. In 2007 her mother died due to AIDS. Two...

Birthday: November 17

Mary is a very sweet girl with a tragic past. Her father was murdered by thieves who broke into their home when she was 6 years old. The following year her mother became very ill and died within a few days of suspected heart...

Birthday: July 28

Raymond came to Treasures of Africa at the age of 6. He was an only child and both of his parents had died from AIDS within a few months of each other. Despite the tremendous loss he had experienced, he seemed...

Birthday: June 11

In a small town in Tanzania that borders its northern neighbor Kenya, a tiny baby was born. The little girl was premature and the mother was ill. She died of a heart attack shortly after giving birth. The baby...

Birthday: April 12

Sabetina (called Tina) is the sister of TOA residents Antoni and Emanueli. They had the same mother but different fathers. Their mother died when Tina was just 3 years old. Tina’s alcoholic father had another wife...

Birthday: April 19

Samweli’s mother passed away when he was only 4 years old. His father had abandoned him when he was a baby. He and his 6 year old sister and his 12 year old aunt ended up living with their elderly great grandmother who...

Birthday: June 10

A young mother in Tanzania used to beg for food from a lady who owned a small vegetable stand in the market. The vegetable seller had pity on the woman and her infant boy and would often give her food.

Birthday: October 11

Sifa was the first (along with her sister Mary) of the “treasures” who came to live at Treasures of Africa Children’s Home back in March of 2007 when the doors first opened. Sifaeli’s father had abandoned her when...

Birthday: September 27

Witness came to Treasures of Africa with her 4 year old brother Samweli and her 12 year old aunt Margaret when she was just 6 years old. Her father had abandoned the family when she was very young. Her mother died...

Birthday: July 11

If ever a child was aptly named – 10 year old Zoe – whose name comes from the Greek word meaning “life” – is that child. Bubbly, energetic and always on the move – this little girl exudes life with her winning smile and...

Birthday: January 13

We can only imagine the anguish of a young mother who feels she cannot adequately care for her newborn son. Maybe she was a single mother with no money and no extended family to help her. All we do know,...

Birthday: March 20

Three Primary School students were headed to school one morning in Moshi, Tanzania, when they heard the faint cry of a baby. They stopped and looked around. There were no other people in the area and they wondered...

Birthday: December 15

Our orphanage Chaplain at Treasures of Africa, Christina Oberst, was at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center for a clinic appointment with one of the TOA kids  when she ran into a lady doctor that she knew. Dr. Esther told her that the police...

Birthday: October 23

It is hard to imagine any parent throwing their own child away like trash. We only know that whoever treated this precious infant like garbage, must have felt an unimaginable level of hopelessness to think...

Birthday: July 18

Moses came to live at Treasures of Africa in 2007 when he was just one month old. His mother had died and the whereabouts of his father were unknown. He was in the care of his great - grandmother, but she was very old...

Birthday: January 18

Weighing barely a kilo (2.2 Pounds) when she was found abandoned in a rural field, doctors at the local hospital determined that she was premature at birth. The infant child spent more than two months at...

In Loving Memory

Anjela arrived at Treasures of Africa Children's Home on April 3, 2007, within one month of the opening of the orphanage. She had been abandoned by her parents. She was born on July 1, 2005 with a multitude of physical...