Over 30 CSOs benefit from capacity building training in Mara

The performance of 32 civil society organisations operating in various parts of Mara Region is expected to improve significantly after having benefited from an intensive capacity building training on financial management and proposal writing.
Thanks to a series of training workshops organised by Mara NGOs Network through funds from the The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS).

Mara NGOs Network is a local was registered to enhance the performance of groups, community based organisations (CBOs) and civil society organizations that have been established   according to the Tanzanian law with the aim of bringing positive changes in the community.

“It was the first time that we have organised a capacity building workshop to all of the 32 organisations that are members to the network”, says Joseph Gembe, who is the Coordinator at  Mara NGO Network .

He says participants were equipped with skills on financial management and proposal writing during the workshop. They were also helped to design strategic plans covering 2014-2019, according to Gembe. He says successful implementation of the strategic plan is expected to see significant increase of Mara NGOs Network members from 32 to about 100 by year 2019.

“We also want to ensure that every organisation has at least two persons capable of writing a good project proposal”, says Gembe. 

Mara NGOs Network has also created a website becoming one of a few non-profit organisations with own websites in Mara Region.

 A group of ten young women living in Bunda District are seeing Mara Network as their gateway from harsh life to better life. The young girls have attended entrepreneurship training that has enabled them to engage in different economic activities and be independent with the support of Mara Network.

“Most of us have difficult lives. Some already babies even before entering in wedlocks. So we think things will change for the better if we engage in entrepreneurial activities,” says Nyangi Charles, who is a mother of two kids – hailing from Balili area in the outskirts of Bunda town. Nyangi belongs to the group of ten young women that is a beneficiary member of Mara NGOs Network.

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