About The Baobab Home

Founded in 2004, The Baobab Home is a small, community-focused NGO located on a 12 acre farm where we raise organic fruits, vegetables, fish, poultry and cows just outside of Bagamoyo, Tanzania.

Our mission is to help children from families affected by HIV/AIDS, mental illness, and poverty.

Our vision is to improve the future of Tanzania’s most vulnerable children.

We started as an orphanage in 2004 when the founders, Terri Place and Caito Mwandu, dreamed of opening a home for orphaned children in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. The reality they found was that most children were not truly orphaned, but rather came from homes that could no longer support the children due to issues related to HIV/AIDS, mental illness, and poverty. Work through the years taught them that in order to effectively provide for vulnerable children, the focus had to be not only on the kids, but on their extended families and the broader community.

Thus, The Baobab Home expanded its focus to help improve the Bagamoyo community. The approach is holistic, taking into account the various social, economic, and psychological aspects of disadvantaged situations, in order to come up with sustainable solutions. 

Our programs have evolved over the years to meet the changing needs of our community. Read more about our Programs.

In 2012, we started Steven Tito Academy (STA) - a primary school that serves the kids of The Baobab Home and the local community by providing high-quality, safe, English-medium education to those who need it. In 2021, STA has around 160 sponsors from more than 15 countries, supporting 162 students.

Currently, our donors and sponsors represent more than 20 countries. Since we began 17 years ago, we have had volunteers from all over the world - USA, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Italy, China, South Africa, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Mexico, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Canada, Belgium, Scotland, Zimbabwe, England, Gibraltar.

If you already support us or have done so in the past, thank you for making our work possible! If you're new to Baobab we invite you to learn more about the programs we provide. You can help The Baobab Home continue its work by making a one-time donation, or supporting us monthly.

You can also join our small but very dynamic international team volunteering for us in Tanzania, or from your home!

The Baobab Home is a registered 501(c)(3) organization in the USA and a registered foreign NGO in Bagamoyo, Tanzania.

Karibu sana! Welcome to The Baobab Home!

Video courtesy of Steve Bradley, Headwire Media.
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