BabuBibi Club

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Grandmothers (bibis) and grandfathers (babus) have always played an important role in the upbringing of children in Tanzania. In recent years, the huge loss of a middle generation through the AIDS epidemic has led to grandparents being the sole providers of care to many orphans.

In 2007, the Project took a decision to start a scheme to support the many elderly carers of our orphans. New members receive a mosquito net and mattress, and all members receive an annual bedsheet and a monthly donation of maize, beans, soap and plastic bags. Each month, a BabuBibi Club lunch is held at the orphan welfare centre, at which the bibis and babus receive a special meal and a small food package to help them with their duties as carers.

A number of bibis are employed as storytellers at the Zawadi School, enabling them to earn a small amount of money while the children benefit from learning about the traditions of their society. There are also a number of gardening bibis and babus, who are employed to grow vegetables in the School’s garden. These vegetables are contributed to the feeding programme for the Zawadi School and Lloyd Fund children. 

The costs of running this scheme are met by the Nigel Lloyd Fund. In 2012, we expanded the scheme to include a total of 40 elderly carers. This number has steadily increased and the number of members is now 65, which means that all bibi and babu carers of our orphans are now receiving support.

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