In January 2017, I visited Tanzania for the first time. While there I was able to spend a day at Global Orphanage, just outside of Tengeru near Arusha. The children were beautiful, full of life and love. They were the complete opposite of their situations, left behind for all variety of reasons. We were lucky to visit, though they are forced to stay.
In January 2018, I returned with Erin Meyer of Erin Rae Photography. She single handedly spear-headed a renovation of the orphanage. Again, I was fortunate to be there, and watch as the children’s home changed before my eyes. These images depict some of the behind the scenes for the process, from where we contracted supplies in town to the working conditions on location.
I have not seen the finished product. What I do know, is the cracked cement floor is now cleanly tiled. The uneven steps are now finished. The holes in the walls have been filled and everything is finished over with brighter, warmer colors. To help become more sustainable, a chicken coop was built and chickens were procured to provide protein and potentially income.
If you would like more information on how to support these children, email me or go to Erin’s website. Pin and share this gallery and come back to see as I write more stories about Erin’s work, and showcase the children themselves.