About The Samaritan Village Orphanage

Saving Abandoned and Orphaned Children

Who we are. . .
   Samaritan Village is a private, non-profit organization established and run by volunteers to develop, expand and maintain a Christian orphanage to care for abandoned and orphaned children. Samaritan Village exists for the purpose of implementing the Great Commission of Jesus Christ to go into all the world and preach the gospel.  
 The goal of Samaritan Village is to reduce the number of abandoned children and help prevent the deaths of children in Tanzania, Africa by providing care for those whose parents have either died or abandoned them and who have no relatives responsible for their care.
This is accomplished by providing physical, mental and spiritual care for orphaned children in a safe and stable Christian home environment where they are provided food, shelter, clothing, education and medical care. 
 Children are brought to Samaritan Village as infants, some just a few weeks old. They are cared for with the hope of finding a family to adopt them. Those who are not adopted continue to live at the orphanage. Samaritan Village has rescued more than 100 abandoned babies in Tanzania of which seventy-three have been adopted by families around the world.
      We are now expanding the work of Samaritan Village by adding a medical clinic. The clinic will be staffed by visiting doctors and nurses and will be the only medical facility available for both the children and members of the surrounding community.
Born From a Tragic Need
The founder of this incredible work is Elizabeth Mwalozi, a native of Tanzania. Elizabeth was educated in Christian schools while growing up in Tanzania. In 1964 she came to America to further her education and receive her BA degree from San Francisco State University in California. She later became a teacher.

While a high school student in Tanzania, Elizabeth helped care for infants brought to the school nursery. The number of babies being brought to the school was so overwhelming that the school could only provide care for them until the age of two or three. After that the children had to be given back into the hands of relatives--relatives who themselves were poverty stricken and near starvation.

Tragically, most of the infants died soon after being released from the school nursery because the families were unable to provide adequate care.
Elizabeth was a witness to this horror. Answering God's call, Elizabeth decided to do her utmost to establish a permanent orphanage in Tanzania.

Samaritan Village Begins
When Elizabeth shared her story with a group of Christians in Yuba City, California in the early 1990's, the response was immediate. Samaritan Village Orphanage was started. The orphanage was incorporated in the US and in Tanzania in 1992 and began caring for children in 1996. Through God's grace, these abandoned and orphaned children now have a place to call home.
Samaritan Village Today     
Today, Samaritan Village is growing and currently cares for 32 children in a permanent residence with 24 hour staff to care for them. The orphanage provides each child with nutritious food, clothing, health care and education in a warm and loving Christian environment. Samaritan Village has its own chapel for daily worship and serves not only their own orphans, but also many members in the community.
Samaritan Village’s Future
Samaritan Village is continuing to expand in order to reach more children and meet the diverse needs of the surrounding community. They are currently working to double the size of the nursery and eventually the entire orphanage facility. There is a medical clinic under construction that will serve the health needs of not only the children, but the community as well.

Founded in 1992 by Members of the Yuba/Sutter Community in Northern California