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


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