St. Justin Children’s Home was founded to create opportunity for disabled children from rural areas to have a home from where they would have access to special education and health care. The children come from areas where there are no schools which provide special education. The home has children who are crippled, deaf, blind, and with down syndrome.
Jipe Moyo is a home to vulnerable children who are survivors from homelessness / street children, run away from arranged child marriage, abusive situations, trafficked children for labor and other immaral/illegal activities, and female genital mutilation. The center has children as young as five years old. There are orphans, children with abusive parents, and children who do not know their parents.
Baraki Health Center is a small hospital in a rural area which provides emergency medical care to the people of Baraki and surrounding areas. Major hospitals are in Musoma and Tarime, about 60 miles from the area. Before having the Health Center, the people of Baraki lost many lives due to malaria, maternal deaths, high rate of under five deaths, and lack of health care to the people from the area.
The center for women is located close the Motherhouse of the sisters. The sisters opened this center to train girls, single mothers, and young mother in sewing / embroidery, and hand crafts to give the women and girls skills which will enable them to earn money and support themselves through their work.
In 1986 IHSA obtained 1,000 acres of land in Kitenga with the purpose of providing services to empower and educate women and girls. Geographically, Kitenga is remotely located. It is inhabited by 7,500 villagers who face a lot of challenges that affect their life style. Health services and educational facilities are rarely available and where available they are of very poor quality. In addition, infrastructure such as roads, power and running water are nonexistent in the area.
Over 95% students from Baraki village do not make it to high schools due to poor quality of education that they receive from public schools. Parents, therefore, asked the sisters for a pre-school for their children, to prepare the kids before they started first grade. The Sisters responded to the parents’ request by opening St. Consolata Pre- and Primary School at Baraki. The main language of instruction is English, which enables students to have good foundation in the English language when they are still very young.