Karibu More Africa!
More Africa is a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Paje, on Zanzibar. The organization focuses on children and young adults with physical and/or mental disabilities. In order to run our NGO in a self-sustainable way, More Africa offers 10 beautiful bungalows with private bathroom, all located on the same premises.
Since the beginning of 2015, More Africa has worked very hard to provide a safe place for children with disabilities. The school has grown into a place where children with special needs receive special education, physiotherapy and medical care. It is the first and only place on Zanzibar where children get this opportunity.
Over the years, more and more parents know where to find us. However, at the moment the school is too small and we can’t accept more children.
That is why we started a fundraiser in January 2020 to expand the school.
This fundraiser has been successful and we have entered into a cooperation with “Wilde Ganzen Nederland” (Wild Geese Netherlands). They help us both financially and through capacity building.
As of June 1, 2022, our new school in Jambiani has opened. We are very proud of this and can’t wait to show you our school. Please make an appointment if you want to come by?
To really finish it off, we would now like to become self-sufficient. Therefore we have started a new fundraiser, again in cooperation with “Wilde ganzen Netherlands”. We want to build a social guesthouse at our new location in Jambiani where people with disabilities can get a (work) experience to develop themselves.
For more information please read this page
The advanced group, consists of children who have moved on from the primary. All these children have a mental disability, sometimes in combination with a physical disability. In this class the children learn almost all subjects that are taught in a “normal” school; reading, writing, math, geography, science, English, sports & music.
The daycare consists of children with (severe) developmental delays and multiple disabilities. These children learn experientially, there is no pressure.
The primary group consists of children who are not allowed in Zanzibar to go to a government school due to their disabilities. This group has, on the one hand, children who progress from the nursery to the primary. These children are very teachable and may in the future move on to the “advanced” group. On the other hand, this group contains children who, because of their developmental delays, have reached their limit in terms of learning. For these children, the primary is the best they can do. Repetition is the key for these children.
The nursery group consists toddlers and children with major development delays. We prepare them for the primary school by teaching them basic scholar and social skills.
About one-third of all children in the school have physical disabilities in addition to mental disabilities. For these children, we offer physical therapy. In our new school we have a special room equipped for physiotherapy. We also have a relaxation room, where all the senses are stimulated.
The 16+ group consists of our youth who are outgrowing school. Unfortunately, there is little safety net for these children when they are out of school. That is why we have established “More Africa Academy”, to offer our young people, even when they are no longer attending school, a safe place where they can continue to develop themselves. They are trained in the various aspects of the guesthouse, such as security, garden, bar, kitchen and housekeeping. Eventually they work towards a (paid) job.
What our volunteers say
Hallo Ellen. Ik wil je bedanken voor de geweldige begeleiding en leerzame stage die ons (naam) bij jou heeft mogen ervaren. Het was fijn om te horen dat je zo zorgzaam bent naar je stagaires toe. Niet alleen tijdens de werkzaamheden maar ook in de vrije weekenden als ze tochtjes ging maken wou je altijd weten waar naar toe en hoe. Dat was een hele geruststelling voor ons. (naam) heeft al veel verteld en laten zien van de kindjes maar nog lang niet alles.
Fantastisch om te zien wat jullie allemaal doen voor de kinderen.
Nogmaals hartelijk bedankt voor de geweldig tijd die ons (naam) en ook (naam) hebben mogen ervaren bij More Africa op Zanzibar.
Ouders van een vrijwilligerVolunteer in 2019
JoyceVolunteer in 2018
AmyVolunteer in 2018
Ja waar zal ik beginnen… het project heeft oprecht mijn hart gestolen. Ik vind de manier waarop alles is opgezet en hoe er met de kinderen wordt omgegaan erg bijzonder daar zouden veel begeleiders in Nederland veel van kunnen leren. De kinderen zijn elke dag erg blij om weer naar school te kunnen en je ziet ze echt vooruit gaan. Het contact tussen de projectbegeleiders en de ouders is ook erg bijzonder om te zien, de ouders van de kinderen zijn erg betrokken en blij met de hulp die zij ontvangen. Dit project is leuk om als stage te gaan doen, maar ook zeker als vrijwilligerswerk.
AlindaVolunteer in 2019 & 2020
What our guest say
Amazing friendly host and staff. They were welcoming us with the big smile every time we met. Ellen organised taxi for us both ways. Unfortunately one day I stepped on sea orchid but Ellen expertly took out all the spikes. The whole place looks like a tropical garden with small living houses, hammocks, swimming pool and cozy restaurant. The apartments are modest but clean and tidy. We had one with cold water but in the heat of Zanzibar it is not the problem. Food was very good. The place is not located by the beach. It takes around 25 minutes to walk there or 4 minutes in the taxi. Super cool thing is the fact that money from the booking goes into the school Ellen is running. Ellen thanks for your hospitality. Good luck with all your plans. You rock!
MartaPoland, December 2019
It’s just a perfect choice to have a taste of Zanzibar. Helen and her staff were extremly friendly and she organized all what we wanted. The place is like a small paradise with a tropical garden, pool, chilling area. The room was commodious and in perfect tidiness. The food was also rich and delicious. The cherry on the top of the cream was that we have donated Helen’s school just because of staying and enjoying our time there. Many thanks for all our memories 😊Helen made our trip unforgettable
IliaHongaria, December 2019
Amazing place with great story! Host Ellen and all staff are so nice and helpful! We loved Deka a lot! The place is bit further away from the beach but they help you organize taxi to the beach and back. Nice and clean rooms, calm resting area, small restaurant and pool. You can visit school for kids with special needs that you are helping by staying at More Africa Guest hous! We love our stay here and would highly recomend this place!
MarinaCroatia, January 2020
I spent such a very nice time with my friend. we are so happy discovering this place. Ellen is a very good person, she’s doing such a very good job, not only with her guesthouse, but also the way she cares about children who have mental sicknesses. The place is very clean, and so quiet. U forget U’re in Paje, which is a very crowded city. The food is delicious. The staff take care so much of the customers. Don’t hesitate to make a stop in More Africa Guesthouse, U won’t regret it for sure. Thanks so much Ellen for everything U made for us!!!!!
NatalieFrance, December 2019
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P.O. Box 3321, Paje, Zanzibar Urban-West, Tanzania
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