Regular hands-on experience is vital for the unpaid UK team of Trustees. Both Andilile and Consolata send monthly reports back to the UK from Tanzania and Kenya and they are very detailed. However, there is no substitute for the personal interaction and experience gained from talking East African staff and listening to the stories told by the orphans themselves. (the "Meet the Orphans" page on the website gives a little insight in to  the lives of just a few of the 12,500 orphans that Mango Tree cares for) The hopes and dreams of the orphans can provide a good catalyst to re-double the efforts to raise the necessary funds to support them. They also assist the thinking of the Trustees when shaping the 5- year plan for the future in conjunction with the two Directors.