The Village

The village in Tanzania is now in its final fundraising phase before kicking off construction and implementation.  


Arusha is the third largest town in Tanzania, with a population of approximately 400,000. Situated at the foot of Mount Meru, it is an important center of activity in Northern Tanzania. On the one hand, it is a developed city that draws thousands of international tourists and businesses to the region each year. On the other hand, it is the site of overcrowded slums and desperation.

The Arusha region is primarily agricultural and most people make a living as subsistence farmers. But it is one of the poorest regions in one of the world’s poorest countries, with very high levels of poverty and tough living conditions. Children are severely affected, and many of them take to the streets to try and make some money…

The Happy Childhood Village in Tanzania will be built near the small town of Kisongo, about 30 minutes by car from the city of Arusha.



(preliminary estimates, at full capacity)

  • Students: 540
  • Trainees: 220
  • Residents: 320 of which 170 resident children at the Children Residence and 40 inpatients at the Rehabilitation Center
  • Staff members: 180
  • Maximum population: 1,200



  • Children’s residence: this is where the resident children will live. The 20 paired houses around the village will house a total of 160 children and 20 infants. With 10 live-in “mothers” and 10 assistants, one for each paired house
  • School: the village will have a kindergarten, primary and secondary schools, with academic programs developed with our technical partners, specially for early childhood education
  • Vocational training: with the support of our technical partners, in: hospitality, entrepreneurship, art, agriculture & farming, as well as permanent or temporary activities in the workshops
  • Gymnasium and track field: for various sport and gymnastics activities and events
  • Rehabilitation center: planned with our world-leading Advisor, the center will provide physical, occupational, speech and water therapy to inpatients and outpatients, and will include a nursery as well as a number of clinics
  • Workshops: a total of 10 workshops promoting traditional and other crafts
  • Social center: for social services in the HCV, and for outreach programs to the neighboring communities / tribes
  • Life center: with a central kitchen, central laundry, cafeteria, club house, restaurant and projection room
  • Museum: with a permanent exhibition, temporary exhibitions, a shop and a coffee-shop; by showing the cultural legacy of their ancestors, purpose is to bring self-esteem and pride to the underprivileged children of Tanzania
  • Visitors’ residence: for technical partners, volunteers, and private guests who will experience the Happy Childhood Village experience as part of their travel to Tanzania (with maximum total capacity of 40 people)
  • Chapel: the Saint Philip Chapel will also be used as an auditorium for selected seminars and conferences
  • Workspace and storage facility: for agricultural/farming activities, construction and maintenance equipment
  • Village center: is the arrival point at the HCV, a meeting location and a place for HCV events
  • Administrative building: for all executive and administrative personnel
  • Management’s residence: for the resident management and the foundation’s Directors


For more detailed information about the HCV, you can download our brochure here. For optimal viewing, go to View, Page Display, and select Two Page View.