About Us

The Plaster House is a home in Arusha that enables children, from all over Tanzania, to recover after they have had corrective orthopaedic surgery, plastic surgery or neurosurgery for a disability.

An interview with Sarah Rejman of The Plaster House: how the hospital began, the children it helps, and the difference made each day.

Images with thanks to Shy Zvulun, Rachel Ambrose, Ron and Ingrid Eggert and Eliza Powell


The Plaster House programme was started in 2008 to house children for all pre and postoperative care and rehabilitation. From an idea, scribbled on a piece of paper, it grew rapidly – from its initial 9 beds – into something much bigger than we could have imagined.

Now the The Plaster House is an ongoing programme with up to 100 children cared for at any one time. Medical staff supervise the children’s care, whilst housemothers look after them on a daily basis.

The Plaster House now provides:

  • Pre-operative health care
  • Corrective surgery with access to orthopedic, plastic and neuro-surgery.
  • Post-operative health care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Outreach programme into surrounding communities


The Plaster House and Rehabilitation Programme is a project of the Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre.


African Medical Healthcare Foundation

AMHF has supported the work of the Rehab Surgery Program and The Plaster House since 2010, both with grants to cover costs of childrens’ surgery and rehabilitation, and with partnering with Watsi. AMHF also provides fundraising tools to benefit The Plaster House program. www.amhf.us


Watsi has supported the work of the Rehab Surgery Program and The Plaster House since 2012, by using an innovative crowd-funding platform to raise funds for individual patients requiring surgery and rehabilitation. www.watsi.org 

Impact UK

Impact UK provides grants to the Rehab Surgery Program to treat children who are living with ‘needless disability’. They also have supported the outreach program to identify children with disabilities who require corrective surgery. www.impact.org.uk

Miracle Feet

Miracle Feet partner our clinic and support care of children with clubfeet, by providing training in the Ponseti method and materials to ensure best practice for clubfoot correction. www.miraclefeet.org

Australian Volunteers International

The Plaster House is lucky to have partnered with AVI since the beginning of 2016, AVI place and support skilled personnel into organisations such as ours to address specific development goals. www.avi.org.au 

Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre

The Plaster House was established as the residential center for the Rehab Surgery Programme, a project of the Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). ALMC is a hospital of the ELCT – North Central Diocese, established in 2008, it is the hospital where most of the medical care for our children is carried out. 

Smile Train

Smile Train ‘gives every child a chance to smile’. They support surgical costs for children with cleft lip and palate. www.smiletrain.org 


The International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus support activities around the ongoing rehabilitation and care for children presenting with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. www.ifglobal.org 

Where the Money Goes

The Plaster House offers a clean and loving environment that includes three meals a day to promote health and healing. Every day I watch as our programme changes these children’s lives.
— Sarah Rejman, Director