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The Carpenter's Kids Program was founded in 2005 as a partnership between the Anglican Diocese of Central Tanganyika and the Episcopal Diocese of New York. "Carpenter's Kids" are Tanzanian HIV/AIDs orphans and other vulnerable children who are selected by a screening panel. The aim of the program is to ensure that each child receives a school uniform, a pair of shoes, breakfast every morning, and adequate school supplies to enable them to attend primary school.
Today the partnership includes the Diocese of Atlanta, The Diocese of Virginia, and the Diocese of Rochester(NY); churches and individuals in California, New Jersey, Long Island(NY), Southern Virginia, Canada, Australia and the UK.
The Program, which is currently gradually winding down in the Diocese of New York, was open to all children, regardless of religion, in the Dodoma region of Tanzania, East Africa.
For further information contact the Archdeacon for Mission, the Ven. William C. Parnell.
There are more than 2.5 million AIDS orphans in Tanzania - children who are missing at least one parent struck down by the disease and who live without visible means of support. The Diocese of Central Tanganyika is a leader in public health and education, sponsoring health clinics, schools, and AIDS prevention programs. It simply needs the resources to extend its work.
The Carpenter’s Kids Program will link parishes in a mutual relationship of prayer, communication, and support. The two dioceses will identify parishes on both sides willing to enter in a multi-year engagement, with congregations and/or individual supporters agreeing to provide $80 per child, per year, for school, breakfast, uniforms and books.