AIDs and malaria are the primary cause of Tanzanian orphans. Orphaned children are typically taken in by other family members; the orphanage is a last resort.
The orphanage keeps hair short for maintenance and hygienic reasons so the only way to tell girls from boys is the skirts they wear. Visitations from mission groups are held to less than one hour to limit impractical and heartbreaking emotional attachments.
This four year old girl will steal your heart in a nanosecond.
Thought for the Day: We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.