Simba's Pride

Children's Refuge
Village Outreach & Feeding Program

Welcome...Come meet the children!

What you have done to the least of these, you have done to me. Matt 25:40

What We Do

"We rescue children that have been abandoned and are wandering the village looking for food and shelter. We work with the local village leaders to identify the children and assess their needs. If the child does not have parents or a family member to care for them, we bring them to Simba's Pride Children's Refuge (our home) and give them a family to call their own. We believe children should live in a loving, family-home, not an institution.

Village Resource Center
Through our resource program we provide the needy with food, clothing, school uniforms, and educational supplies for children.  Our home is always open, and our soup pot is always hot. We cook daily and are always prepared to feed the hungry that stop by for a visit. Our regular visitors are usually hungry children that come from neighboring villages. Our mission is to care for the needy and help break the poverty cycle by teaching local families to become self-sufficient by growing their own vegetables, raising Chickens (for meat and eggs), Beef Cattle, Milk Goats or growing Moringa Trees. We hope to also one day implement a hot lunch program for schools.

Known as a "Mother to Many"...She has six grown children, seven grandchildren and over forty-five years experience working and caring for children of all ages in the educational system and child daycare settings. She has a background in Administration, General Office Management, Retail Management, Bookkeeping, Teaching, Counseling, and Pastoral Care. She is a Music and Fine Arts Director, and a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner. Her spare time is usually spent doing extensive research on Preventative & Functional Medicine (finding the root cause of disease) and teaching how to prevent and heal the body through adequate nutrition.

Widows Assistance

Many times we find 70-80 year old widows caring for very young grandchildren. We help care for the children, bring them food, clothing and school supplies, assist with daily needs and give them lots of caring, friendly support and companionship.

Kind-hearted and cares deeply for others. Anna is extremely patient, loves children, is strong, honest and is a sincere woman of integrity. She knows firsthand the struggles that the people of Tanzania face daily. Anna has a very strong entrepreneurial spirit and is driven to make a change. She has a background in Travel & Tourism, PR, Marketing and is a former business owner. She has a beautiful and well-disciplined 5-year-old daughter, both currently live and are natives of Kyela-Mbeya, Tanzania Africa.

Who We Are
Zanild Abarrane Tsadak Kohein
aka: Cynthia M. Dexter
Founder& Director
Anna Shija Mwakatoto
Secretary ~ Treasurer
Community Resource Officer

How We Started

In 2016 I was invited to minister in Tanzania Africa. We had heard for years through news media that HIV and AIDS was extremely high in parts of Africa. What the media does not tell you, is that children are losing their parents to these diseases and worse yet, after the parents die many children have no one to care for them.  These abandoned children wander the villages in a desperate search of food. They are often found in the local garbage dump looking for a meal. Older children are left to care for their younger siblings, and the small infants, are dying for lack of food and proper care. The Tanzanian people live in tremendous fear of catching these diseases, young children are abandoned and left alone. The Tanzanian government does not have programs or the funds to assist families or care for these abandoned children. Babies and small children are dying from starvation without anyone knowing. Families barely have enough food to feed their own families and at times go days without eating. We have seen children as small as 3 years old at the garbage dump in search for food. After living in Kyela for two months and personally witnessing this heart grieving devastation I cannot just pray for these children, I have been compelled to do something.

We love and care for each of these children as our own!


A father to the fatherless, and a defender of the widows,

is God in His holy habitation. Psalms 68:5

We believe children should live in a home with a family...
not alone on the streets or in an institution.
We are in continuous need of food, clothing,
school uniforms, and educational supplies.
School Package - $45.00  Includes school uniform (shirt, pants or skirt, sweater, socks, and shoes), backpack, pencils, pens, eraser, workbook, lunch box and hand sanitizer.
Clothing - $30.00  Includes 2 shirts, 2 pants/shorts or 2 dresses,  undergarments, 2 pair socks, shoes, and a sweatshirt for one child.
Food - We are in continuous need of food. We cook daily and feed hungry children from our home and take food to local widows in need.
General Fund - Donations to our General Fund provide medication, clean water, transportation, school tuition and other needs. 
SPCR Home & TZ Office
P.O. Box 12 
Tanzania, Africa
Send a check or money order to:
12897 Conner St.
Caldwell, ID 83607
1-208-562-7087 USA
255-762-541-678 TZ

Thank you for visiting us!

Simba's Pride Children's Refuge is a Non-Profit/Non-Government (NGO) Organization registered in the United Republic of Tanzania and The State of Idaho, USA

NGO #R-0548    EIN #47-4268677   ID #C204511

Your donations are tax deductible.

Our Building Plans
Simba's Children's Home, School, Community Outreach Center
Children's Home - Phase 1
Children's Home - Phase 2 Addition
Simba's Pride Children's Refuge - Home Completed
Our prayer is that you would come to know God as the wonderful loving father that He truly is. That living in His presence and pleasing Him would become the driving force of your existence. Knowing that your relationship with Him, is the very foundation He desires His church to be built upon. We pray your utmost pleasure, would be Him.
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