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Special Project
From the 1st Annual Shorty Social Good Awards

Happy Family Children's Village

Finalist in Corporate-Community


In memory of Shazi's father Amir, who was born and grew up in Tanzania, the Visram family and Happy Family have made a donation to The Small Things, a non-profit organization in Tanzania that is enabling them to construct the Happy Family Children's Village.

At Happy Family Children's Village (HFCV), The Small Things (TST) and Happy Family have several goals.

Strategy and Execution

  • Family style homes – at HFCV, we have already completed construction of housing for up to 30 orphaned children, who live in small, family-style homes with loving caretakers, deeply embedded and integrated into their community. These children attend day school while living, eating, studying, and generally living as a normal family would in the community. We are in the process of constructing one further house, increasing our capacity to 45 children, and expect to continue to expand over time, as demand dictates. We currently have 24 children in residence ranging from 3 to 11 years old, and plan to continue to provide safe, loving homes for them until they reach adulthood.
  • Microfinance – Poverty is never an acceptable reason for a child to be in an orphanage. Our Family Preservation Program stabilizes families in danger of having to give their children to an institution, and helps children already in residential care to return home. We do this through basic business education, ongoing mentorship and monitoring, microfinance start-up grants, and ongoing loans for successful entrepreneurs.
  • Organic garden – Our organic garden not only provides healthy food for the children in our residential care, it also helps to train and provide for vulnerable families (often widows and widowers) struggling to build better futures for their families. Our clients have use of various plots for a growing season, and are provided with education and all inputs needed for success. The families use the produce both to feed their children and fight malnutrition, as well as selling any surplus to seed further business ventures.
  • Community education – At our newly opened community center at HFCV, we have a large library and space for adult education classes that will be open to the community. These will span a wide range of topics, including business classes, basic health and nutrition, English and computer classes, income-generating crafts, farming and animal husbandry, and any other topics for which we can find capable teachers. The teachers will be a mix of local experts and volunteers visiting from all over the world. The library will also be available to the entire community, free of charge, to encourage ongoing education, and we also plan to run drop-in tutoring sessions on weekends for schoolchildren throughout the community.
  • Day care – Also at the newly opened community center, we will be providing high quality day care and pre-school on a sliding scale to families in need, to enable parents to start and maintain businesses without sacrificing their children's care. High quality preschool will also give many of these children a head start that they otherwise could never have received.


We will have space for 45 children by the end of 2016 and, by the time the HFCV is complete, it will welcome 90-100 children.


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Entrant Company / Organization Name

Happy Family


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