Collective Calling is a faith driven, Spanish registered NGO with international permissions, meaning we carry out “Boots on the ground” projects to accomplish our objectives. We exist so that people can experience the love of God through our work which is carried out through Spain and Tanzania.
Abuse, rebellion, neglect, poverty and broken relationships all lead to many children to flee their home to live on the streets of Tanzania. Our Outreach Teams rescue vulnerable children who are in dangerous situations from living life on the streets, as well as young girls from prostitution houses. The child is prepared for rescue into the Centre of Hope by building up a relationship of trust, they are then equipped mentally, emotionally and spiritually for long-term success at home with their families.
We provide a safe place to live, nutritious meals, new clothing, necessary medial care, and a loving environment where each child that is welcomed to the “Centre of Hope” is treated uniquely. The first process is to establish what level academically the child is at and whether the child has any previous education history. We establish what the child´s level of faith is and what their spiritual needs are, and they are also assessed on a psychological standpoint for induced trauma and signs of PTSD.
Once this has been established a unique plan is created for the child and they are enrolled into the “Centre of Hope” education program, which is an open learning format which provides “accelerated learning” to enhance the opportunities for the children to re-enter either state or private schooling. Trauma and spiritual counselling is then conducted on a daily basis. The rehabilitation process that takes place in the centre provides the children with an opportunity to find hope and belonging with their own families, as we equip and empower their parents to care for and love them.
Both Scripture and science agree that children thrive best in family, and through our team of social workers we identify and connect with the biological parents and/or a potential foster family within the local community. We then help equip each family to care for and love their children. Once the child has been placed back into the family, weekly / monthly follow up´s are continued with our trauma counselors and social workers until the child reaches 18 or until they are successfully reintegrated into a loving family environment.
Here is an example of one of the ways that we empower families before and during the reintegration period. Empowerment kits such as this are given to help families in extremely impoverished situations, providing them with an opportunity to generate an income and provide better for the family as a whole. This in turn takes the high levels of stress off of the family to generate money, to the extent of having to send their children out to earn money by collecting/selling items such as plastic bottles, instead of being at school. Poverty is one of the 3 main causes why children end up going to the streets.
The Centre of Hope grounds consist of 6 acres, which hosts a pig pen homing 6 pigs, bee hives, agricultural plots, solar power panels and the structural buildings which are:
- Classrooms x2
- Kitchen & dining area
- Dormitories – sleeps 32 capacity, split evenly between boys and girls and 1 room for the matron
- Wash blocks – 5 toilets and 5 showers (boys & girls)
We have plans soon to construct a playground area & staff quarters.