FCS grants 30 CSO of people with disability Tsh.300m/-

 

The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) has so far granted funds totaling Tsh. 300m to 30 civil society organizations run by people with disability to implement their programs for the welfare and development of persons with disability in the country.

The Executive Director of FCS, Advocate Francis Kiwanga told a gathering of more than 150 representatives of civil society organizations for people with disability at the Blue Pearl Hotel in Dar es Salaam mid-November that the 30 CSOs were in 10 different regions of Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar.

Speaking before the official opening of the 5th Forum for People with Disability which was officiated by Hon. Abdallah Possi, the Minister for State, Prime Minister’s office responsible for Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and Disabled, Kiwanga reiterated his organization’s commitment to continue supporting CSOs of people with disability especially those which showed maturity and good example on accountability, good governance and utilization of resources for the growth and delivery of services to people to their members.

Deputy Chair of the network of CSOs of people with disabilities (SHIVYAWATA), Ms. Ummy Ndeliananga said one of the expected outcomes of the forum was to deliberate on the formation of a more consolidated National Council for People with disabilities as the current organizations were not functioning according to expectations. “The current network is still not decentralized, not visible at the district levels”, she said.

She urged the government to continue supporting SHIVYAWATA and civil society organizations with administration costs and funds to enable them commemorate important events such as the annual International Disability day and matters related to employment of people with disability in the official and private sectors.

Ummy was also concerned about the security of people with disability especially those with albinism, asking for tougher penalties against perpetrators of deaths and harming people with albinism. She reminded the government to hasten introduction of sign-language in all electronic media in Tanzania. “The Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC) a government media which was expected to be the first to implement the law requiring media to employ sign-language translators to assist people with disabilities has not employed one to-date”   

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