Our grantee in Musoma on good course to protect child rights

Our grantee, Kitembe Children Foundation (KCF) is half way implementing a one-year project aimed at safeguarding rights of children in four wards of Musoma municipality in Mara Region. Seeking for right to education for every child is a top priority.

Speaking in Musoma in mid May, chairperson of KCF Mr. Alfred Juma said: “We started the project after finding out that many children in Musoma have not been going to school. And in most cases parents or guardians can decide to take them to school or not.”

Parents and guardians are now sensitized to understand that right to education is imperative for every child. The project, which is funded by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) targets four wards of Nyasho, Nyakato, Kigera and Kamunyonge in Musoma municipality.

According to Mr. Juma the project is designed to enable the children know their rights as well as making parents and guardians fulfill their responsibility when bringing up young girls and boys.

“Already we have conducted a series of seminars to educate the society on child rights and the response is very promising,” says the KCF chairperson. Implementation of the project dubbed “Child Rights for Society Development” started early this year.

Some of the key stakeholders such as parents and guardians, local government officials from village to ward levels are being involved so as to ensure that the project achieves the desired results.

Ms. Tantu Sembu, who is a local councillor in Musoma sees the project as blessing to vulnerable children in the targeted wards. “We thank whoever is supporting this project. As a woman and a mother, I am seeing it as good undertaking that is going to rescue many children living in difficult conditions here,” she said.

Under the project, four committees have been formed in an effort to ensure that there is no more serious violation of children’s rights in every ward. Each of the committee is made up of seven members, including village and ward leaders as well as parents or guardians. “The work of these committees is to educate the society on the child rights to education,” explained Mr. Juma.

According to him, some of the targeted children are those living with HIV/AIDS.
The projected is also tailored to enable community leaders and other stakeholders to be able to include child rights issues as permanent agenda items in their discussions, as is the case with HIV/AIDS and Malaria.

“We also want to see allocation of budgets for child rights issues in Musoma municipality,” said Mr. Juma.

The goal of this FCS dunded project is to see to it that violations of child rights drop by 30 per cent or beyond come December 2014 when the project ends.

 

 

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