Rescuing abandoned children from the streets
and giving them love and a home!
Welcome...Come meet the children of Kyela!
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, 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.
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
Cynthia M. Dexter
aka: Zanild Tsadak Kohein
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.
I love and care for each of these children as my own!
A father to the fatherless, and a defender of the widows,
is God in His holy habitation. Psalms 68:5