The Carpenter's Kids Program

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 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 Rochester NY, the Diocese of Virginia, plus churches and individuals in California, Long Island (NY), New Jersey, Southern Virginia, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. 

The Program is open to all children, regardless of religion, in the Dodoma region of Tanzania, East Africa

For information about supporting the Carpenter’s Kids Program, contact Program Coordinator Lauren Salminen at 212-316-7432.Visit the Carpenter’s Kids website at