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article imageBritish student visits African orphanage, buys it for £30,000

By Chris V. Thangham     Apr 25, 2009 in World
After visiting an orphanage in Tanzania and seeing sub-standard care and service, a British student decided to buy and manage the orphanage herself.
Amy Lambert, 24 is a Bath Spa university undergraduate student in the UK. She visited the Tanzanian orphanage as part of her summer volunteer work.
The orphanage takes care of 150 boys and girls, most of whom have either a single parent or lost both parents to AIDS and HIV.
Lambert saw the children living under poor conditions, starving, dehydrated and sleeping in dirty beds.
Miss Lambert told the Telegraph, "These children are the most beautiful, selfless people I have ever met. I have never felt so helpless."
She was horrified with the conditions at the Kichijo Orphanage in Tanzania, so she decided to buy it. She went back to the UK and raised more than £30,000 ($44,088) in just seven months.
Instead of just transferring the money to authorities at the orphanage, she told them she wanted to buy it.
Tanzanian officials accepted her offer earlier this year. Lambert, a Wiltshire resident, will complete her degree in Psychology and Health Studies in July and will then move to Tanzania to manage the orphanage.
With the collected funds, she plans to dismantle the old building and replace it with a modern one. Lambert hopes to build a room for children for education purposes. She also plans to teach them other arts so they can become self-sufficient in the future.
Lambert has a special website for the Kichijo Orphanage. If you are interested in supporting her charity, you can donate here.
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