The CanaDares Society is a Canadian-registered charity, the fundraising partner of the Vijaliwa Vingi Society in Tanzania, whose mandate is to fully support and care for children who have been removed from dangerous living situations. All of our board members are volunteers.
Your tax-deductible donations provide nutrition, shelter, education, medical care & recreation for a growing number of children in our residential program. Additionally, we sponsor outreach work for families living with the most vulnerable children in the surrounding villages.
Lynda Kearns, from the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia, has volunteered in Tanzania since 2002 to make this home a reality. A director of CanaDares, she also sits on the board of Vijaliwa Vingi Society, the Tanzanian non-profit NGO with whom CanaDares works in Joint Venture.
We now provide care, shelter, and education for several orphaned children at our home (also referred to as “Vijaliwa Vingi”) in the village of Msongola, and there we have created a center of support and capacity-building.
Our project began modestly. In November 2004, work was completed on the first residence. The house contains five bedrooms, two toilets, a small galley kitchen and a large dining room. The major living space is the covered veranda, which wraps two side walls. In 2006 we extended our focus to bring Outreach to the surrounding villages. By the spring of 2009, we had completed a second residence so that we could provide separate living quarters for the boys and girls.
The Multi-Use Building, which was completed in 2013, provides a much-needed meeting place for the surrounding village, and serves as a facility for our outreach program training. Our brand new Pre-Primary classes have found a temporary home in the lower two rooms, which will move once we have been able to complete their new classrooms. (See “Our School”)