Feathers Tale Children’s Village

Why Do We Need Feathers Tale?

Feathers Tale Children’s Village was conceived and started, due to what we learned from our community support work with the children’s fund. As time progressed we began to identify certain children who could not be supported in the community, or with guardians and foster families.
At the core of Feathers Tale are children with special needs and disabilities. Due to the demands of poverty, work and no support, parents with special needs children often have no choice but to leave their children alone whilst they work, and for all neglect can occur intentionally, it also occurs unintentionally with it.
Some parents are sadly even made homeless by the demands of raising a special needs child alone, which is how our first special needs child arrived at our gates.

Other children often had HIV, sadly the stigma surrounding the virus still exists in the community. Others were troubled and traumatised children, whom relatives could not cope with. Other were failed foster cases, where guardians mistreated the child despite our social work team outreach helping as best they could with education.

How Can You Help Feathers Tale?

Until we can expand on our farming projects to achieve a level of being self sustainable, we rely heavily on sponsors for the children for medical costs, and additional staff to support the single mothers with children that live here.

You can share your support with a special needs child here by clicking the sponsor a child tab in the menu above.
Of course sharing your support in other ways are welcome, be it a donation, fund raising or even a prayer at night, are all equally welcomed.

How Is It A Solution For Special Needs Children Without Parents & Single Parents With Special Needs Children?

  1. Having a small community where parents with special needs children can live with one another is initially a way for both the parent/guardians to have support from one another, given they are sharing in the same experiences in life to some degree.

  2. Likewise, the children who never get to socialize with other special needs children, have daily interactions with others in the same position physically and mentally as they are…

  3. When parents need to do simple tasks, perhaps wash clothing, go shopping, cook or even work… then they are surrounded by people who are qualified to care for a special needs child, people who have the patience and understanding to care for such children, given they too are the parents and guardians of a child with special needs.

  4. The communal building allows for education, play and socializing to take place, where it otherwise would not. We helped a child named Anna with a mental disability in April 2015, she has spent 12 years sitting in the mud outside her parents mud hut, never once receiving any stimulus or chance to socialize, other than with her parents.. (when they had time given they were always laboring to provide food and rent..)

  5. The children’s funds social worker can keep a constant check on the children, and their guardians to ensure their well-being both mentally and physically.

  6. Our on sight physiotherapist can help with rehabilitating children and teaching them to walk etc if possible. Also, our occupational therapy can help children to develop in other ways, such as mental functioning etc

  7. Children don’t need to be separated from mothers that love them.

  8. As we have the vehicle with the NGO, emergency transport for medical issues is always available, whereas without it most children are close to an hour from a hospital, at night time that could be 8 hours +, as all our residents would have to wait for the public transport to start.

  9. Children receive physio, wheelchairs, sensory stimulation.. rather than being left on the floor somewhere, ( as is the only option to most families..)

  10. There are many more benefits, but these are key… lastly and perhaps more importantly, finally single parents with such children will have an option, and hopefully in time, less special needs children will be abandoned here by desperate parents in need of help…

Eco Living At Feathers Tale

At Feathers Tale we grow a lot of our own food for the residents. We are also an off the grid community using only solar power.
We just need a water well in fact, and we can be completely self-sufficient for food, water and energy needs.

Pet Therapy

We are beginning the early stages of pet therapy here at the Children’s Village also. Using some of our rescue dogs, and soon equine therapy with 2 rescue horses, we hope to help with the healing process and development of the children here.

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Why Share With A Special Needs Child?

As you can imagine or may know, caring for children with special needs can be a little more time consuming, and with it more expensive than most able-bodied children.
With a lot of hospital bills and specialist care needed, we naturally have a bit of a battle with 22 little ones in our care.

Sharing your support helps us to provide for the children we have here first and foremost, without people reaching out we simply would not be able to afford the staff, food and medical bills the children require. Nor could 2 of us care for 22 children alone I might add!
What sharing also does, though, is keep the door open for the next children who might need a safe and loving home, be they alone or with a single parent.
In a developing country like this, there is simply no support for the disabled community, and this is why we must keep striving to provide help for as many children as we can.

What Does It Cost & What Does It Pay For?

With staff, medical care, food and all the other amenities that we must find for a children’s upbringing in life, we spend on average around £20/$25 a week on the basics for each of our children. We know for most people that it is a little expensive, so tend to suggest persons wanting to share their support with the children can share in the costs of sponsoring one of the children. As an example, maybe 2, 3 or 4 people might share a little each to help us provide a home and care for one of the children.

The children all have 24-hour care, targeted nutrition, and a very wonderful and loving team including and on-site physiotherapist to help with their exercises, and rehabilitation.

We also have an occupational therapist, who assists in the development of the children, be it speech, or sensory progression for those who are blind, and much more.

Where Do Our Children Live?
All our special needs children live at our Eco children’s village, Feathers Tale. For more information about Feathers Tale please see the dedicated page on this website explaining all we do there.

Security Costs

Here at the children’s village where the children all live, we have had to take quite heavy security measures.

Sadly an ongoing religious practice with witch doctors lives here in Tanzania. More commonly known with the children who have albinism, witch doctor gangs target special needs children and albino children alike. Believing the children yield magical powers, or can if they are harmed or used in ceremonies.

Children taken are never seen again sadly. We have a child the police brought to us called Nimzana, who was rescued from a kidnap attempt by the witch doctor gangs.

It is a serious issue and naturally, we have had to install panic buttons and have more night watchmen than most.

A UN report said that a child can fetch up to $50,000 if they have albinism. No research on special needs children has been published yet.