The Objectives of The Green Door Home
The Green Door Home is a temporary home for children for whom reunification with biological family members has proven extremely difficult or impossible. The Green Door Home provides accommodation, education, food and medical care as well as all other life necessities and care to children who have been orphaned or abandoned until such time as:-the child can be reunified with one or both parents OR the child can be reunified with other biological family members OR the child can be taken into foster care by or adopted by a fit and proper family ordinarily resident in Tanzania OR other arrangements have been made for the settlement of the child.
AND in all of the above scenarios that such arrangements are made IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE CHILD and in keeping with the principles and spirit enumerated in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Visit our the Childrens page to read more about the children who live at the Green Door Home.
The Green Door Home seeks to take in children who meet the following criteria for whom reunification with biological family members has proven extremely difficult (for example, orphaned children in respect of whom other family members are unwilling or unable to care for them) OR impossible (for example, abandoned children in respect of whom it is impossible to trace family members)
The Green Door Home is headed by houseparents, Clement and Jennifer Akida, who are mom and dad to eleven children at the Green Door Home (including their biological son, Erick and daughter, Angel). They are entrusted with the awesome task of caring for these children and running a demanding household.
The House is located in a safe area of Sinza (near Shekilango Road, close to the Queen of Sheba Hotel). The House itself is approximately 140 square meters (1,506 square feet) and the grounds are approximately 800 square meters (8,600 square feet).
The House has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, one kitchen, one dining room, one storage area and one living room. It also includes a large covered porch.
The grounds currently have a large open area for playing as well as a swing set. There are also plans to build more play-toys as well as a Banda for an open-air classroom.
A brief description of the rooms of the house follows:
THE LIVING ROOM: The living room will contain two 3-seater sofas, a book/toy shelf, a television and cushions for the children to sit and watch television or play.
THE DINING ROOM: The Dining Room will contain a children’s sized table with an appropriate number of children’s sized chairs. There is also a wash basin so that the children can wash before and after meals.
THE KITCHEN AND STORAGE SPACE: The Kitchen and Storage Space will contain a sink, cooker, refridgerator and all necessary cooking utensils. There is ample space for storage of foodstuffs.
THE “LION” BEDROOM: The Lion Bedroom is capable of accommodating up to four children. The Lion Bedroom will contain 2 small bunkbeds as well as a wardrobe for storing clothes and personal belongings. The Lion Bedroom also has an en-suite bathroom.
THE “GIRAFFE” BEDROOM: The Giraffe Bedroom is capable of accommodating up to two children. The Giraffe Bedroom will contain 1 small bunkbed as well as a wardrobe for storing clothes and personal belongings.
THE “ELEPHANT” BEDROOM: The Elephant Bedroom is capable of accommodating up to three children. The Elephant Bedroom will contain 1 small bunkbed and one single bed as well as a wardrobe for storing clothes and personal belongings.
THE HOUSE-PARENT’S BEDROOM: The House Parent’s Bedroom will accommodate a volunteer couple who will act as “house-parents” to the children and will oversee the day-to-day running of the Green Door Home. The Houseparent’s Bedroom will contain a double bed as well as a wardrobe for storing clothes and personal belongings. The House-Parent’s Bedroom also contains an en-suite bathroom.