YOUNG British woman has become mum to a staggering 14 Tanzanian children she met after volunteering in an orphanage on her gap year.
Letty McMaster, 26, was just 18 years old when a month-long trip volunteering at an orphanage in Africa changed her life forever.
She ended up staying for three years to support the children she had met, and when the orphanage shut down, Letty took in nine youngsters who would have been left homeless.
Seven years on, she lives with the children after becoming legal guardian to them ALL - as well as five more kids she met on the streets or at a safe house she runs.
Letty, from Tunbridge Wells, Kent, said: "These children are my whole life, I raise them all on my own and they keep me going through the long hours of juggling everything.
"I'd always had in mind that I wanted to help street children so my family and friends weren't surprised but I never expected to end up doing all this.
"I am the parental figure in the house - some of the little boys who never had a parent view me as their mum but most see me more as a big sister as I'm not that much older than some of them.
"I'm just like any mum raising teenagers - I made a commitment to them and I just feel so blessed to have two families!"
Letty had just completed her A-levels in 2013 when she flew to Tanzania with the plan of volunteering at an orphanage for a month before returning home for university.
But she said she soon realized the children were being physically and mentally abused, claiming staff only fed the kids once a day and pocketed the cash donated for schooling by tourists.
Letty said: "I chose to fly to Tanzania after seeing figures that showed hundreds of thousands of children living on the streets.
"Voluntourism and white saviourism at this orphanage is why I've done all this.
"I saw the awfully damaging impact it was having on the children and how it was fueling an ongoing cycle of abuse.
"Many orphanages are like this - it's all just a money making scheme and an exploitation of the children.
"The kids still don't understand it and I'm sure the Westerners had no idea - they thought they were helping but were actually causing so much damage.
"The abuse the children were going through in the orphanage was horrendous and I saw the impact that it had on the kids and knew immediately something had to change.
"I couldn't leave them in that situation so my new goal was to get them a family home."
When the orphanage was closed by the council in 2016, Letty fought for the right to open her own home, in Iringa, for the nine children left homeless.
She founded Street Children Iringa as a UK registered charity and has taken another five children into her home after meeting them on the streets and through the safe house that she runs.
None of the children were attending school and lived in between the streets and the orphanage when she first met them but their lives have changed immensely since moving into Letty's home.
One of her boys, Eliah, was found on the streets in the middle of winter wearing just a t-shirt after his mum passed away.
He is now in the top 20 of pupils in his year at his school.
Fred, 11, had not eaten for days when he was spotted cowering in a dump
Since moving into the family home in 2019, he's been accepted into a prestigious football academy.
After his parents died when he was just two-years-old, Iddy had spent most of his life between the streets, gangs and the orphanage where Letty first met him.
He moved into the family home in 2016 and is now a talented boxer and musician with his music being played on local radio stations.
Letty said: "Since having a place to call home, they have all excelled in education and in every aspect of their lives.
"Gosberth is one of the boys that I've looked after for the past seven years and is now studying at one of the top private schools in the country and is the number one pupil in his year.
"Eva is 19 and is chairperson of her year at university - she's doing so well and has got a volunteer internship with an international NGO.
"Obviously it takes time to settle into the house from street life and traumatic experiences and it can take a while to get them into family life, routine and leaving street behavior behind.
"Razarlo is studying to become a tour guide at the national park whilst Plshon and Iddy have recorded music that is played on local radios.
"Seeing their drive, determination and success is what makes all the balancing that I have to do worth it."