Helping children affected by HIV / AIDS, vulnerable children, youths and women empowerment, are the main project of our organization. Tanzania is among the developing countries. It is one of the countries where its population is seriously affected by Aids. And as well as this disease has led many families to remain poor because one parent dies, the power to increase family income declines significantly.
Street children have continued to grow and lead many children away from school because of the low income of a parent or guardian. After seeing this, I decided to terminate my studies of masters I had begun to read to help these children at least continue to study. So I began to go through one of the towns and villages to register all non-school children and to pay for them, to buy school fees and to register for school. This project involves children with HIV / AIDS as well as all vulnerable children or children in needy. (orphans and vulnerable children).
What we are doing is to identify the needy children and to fill their information in a special form, photography and request people to help these children learn like other children. The major needs of these children are like school clothes, dresses, food, school fees, books, notebooks, food and shoes. Among the most difficult problems that give us a problem is the food for children at school. The country of Tanzania depends on rainy agriculture, deforestation has led to drought . This has led to long-term food shortages in the country.
Many children in our program and those in difficult situations, they do not eat food at school because their parents/ guardians are not able to pay for them. We as a NGO, when we lose the ability to pay for these children, they will lack something to eat while they are at school. This leads to a lack of responsive in the class and eventually misleading their studies. We have been helping them through our pocket money for a long time, but the fact is, their demand is great and our ability is limited. Although we are proud of the good work we do for our community, but also the needs of these children are a great shock for us every day as we do not know how we can meet their needs in full. This project has brought us great success because, among the children we started with in our program, today they have begun to study secondary school. It should be noted that, if not SUSTAINABLE VISION to help these children, today they would be street children. But so far we have more than 582 children who are studying secondary. For us this is a great success as an NGO.
Despite the great effort we make to help these children, the need is still increasing because the number of children is very much comparable to our NGO's ability. Most of our children do not have reliable donors so sometimes when the child’s tuition fees is not paid timely, a child is returned home until the school fee is paid. And when the fees are paid, the child begins to think of going back to the street and eventually leaves the school completely. This has been a major challenge for us because we do not have enough resources to meet the needs of these children. And this is our biggest project we deal with. With all the strengths in knowing that, when we stop doing this project, many children will leave school and thus fail to reach their dreams.
WOMEN EMPOWERMENT WITH MICRO-FINANCE PROJECT:
As we mentioned earlier, the largest percentage of Tanzanian citizens have been affected by HIV / AIDS. This disease has left many families in poverty. Most citizens have primary schools education only. This lack of education has created a large percentage of people who live by relying on other people to live. It should be noted that, the lack of education for these people, leads them to fail to perform any specific task requiring a particular profession.
As a result, these people end up working on paydays that are not always available. Some of the work they are doing and paid for a day include, supporting construction activities, burning bricks, cultivating farm, cleaning sanitation, and other similar functions. This life-style in which these women live, did not please us as a NGO, and so we decided to design the WOMEN MICRO-FINANCE PROJECT for them. The main purpose of this project is to provide a woman with a dependent life and make them feel self-reliant.
WHY DO WE DO WITH THESE WOMEN GROUPS?
We go to one village after another. We identify families living in extreme poverty. When we complete the recognition process, we prepare training to teach how to do business that will help them to earn a little daily income. This training is like,
1. FUNDS MANAGEMENT
2. ENTREPRENEURSHIP SKILLS.
3. HOW TO RUN AND GROW THEIR BUSINESSES
5. HOW TO SAVE THEIR MONEY IN BANK.
6. MARKETING STRATEGIES AND
7. SELF – RELIANCE SKILLS
After receiving this training, we look if the NGO has money then they fill out the form of grant and then we give them a start up capital to start a business.
Women Micro-Finance project, which we do, has been a great help to these women. In 2015/2016 we managed to provide small grants for five women's groups. The value of this grant was 8000 usd. These groups currently own their own businesses and have managed their lives without relying on someone.
Among the member of these groups, have managed to do irrigation agriculture and poultry rearing, using these grants. This project has been very beneficial since many families have been sure to eat three times a day and before getting to this project, many families were eating once a day. This project has also helped these groups to open accounts in various banks in the country. For these groups to have a bank account, we create them an environment of borrowing and banks due to the type of business they have. Therefore, when it comes to banking to lend these women, collateral becomes the business we have enabled to set up. Usually in Tanzania, banks do not lend money to a non-collateral person. And that's why poverty is so great because many families are poor and have no assert deposits to get loans from banks.
Because of this, our institution has been a great help. Many societies have longed to get our grants as we help them without conditions. And thus the beneficiary becomes more active than he can take a bank loan which also has a bank interest.
WHAT DO WE DO AFTER GIVING THEM THESE GRANTS?
After giving them these grants, very soon our team begins to make a follow up on them so as to make sure that the money is used for intended purposes and not otherwise. We do this monitoring after every two weeks until we see positive changes have taken place in the family. This follow up helps the beneficiary to work hard by knowing that he has to show the changes in his daily life. The act of focusing on the universe, helps us as a NGO, know the new challenges they face and help them closely. Despite this project being of great benefit to the community and its fruitage, the biggest challenge is that the institution lacks enough money to provide for these women. Our main goal is to make this project at least in five regions within our country. But at present we still operate in the Kilimanjaro region due to financial shortages. Our institution continues to call on various organizations so that they can see the great work we do in the Tanzanian community and can assist with providing annual grants so that we can do this work more effectively. Our aim is that the end of the day society can be self-reliant. And we can not achieve these goals without the help of other stakeholders around the World.
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