Community urged to make follow up on public resources

The society has been urged to make follow up on public resources in different sectors so as to give way for a more productive and accountable management of public funds.

The statement was given by the Chairman of Mbwewe Farmers’ Development Organisation, Mr. Ramadhani Maumba when opening a three-day capacity building training to farmers, religious leaders, wards and village officials and CSOs in Bagamoyo district, Pwani region.

The training on Public Expenditure Tracking System (PETS) in agriculture sector was funded by The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) and had benefited a total of 50 participants from the two wards of Mbwewe and Kimange village.

Each year the Bagamoyo district council has been setting aside funds for implementation of different development projects related to agriculture that aim to benefit the local farmers.

However, observation has shown that there is little public follow up on the funds set aside by the government.

Maumba urged the training participants to use the given knowledge to constantly make follow ups on public resources as well as ensuring that all is utilized as intended for the country’s own development and that of the future generation.

For his part, ward councillor of Mbwewe, Omary Mhando, advised the citizens in the region to effectively participate in all development planning processes - starting from the village level - so as to be part and parcel of all initiatives.

Moving a vote of thanks on behalf of the training participants, Mr. Issa Ally, said they will use the acquired knowledge in collaboration with their village leaders to ensure that on information about public funds is always made available.

Girls benefit from the Women and Gender Development Policy training

Over 50 girls from Vikindu and Tambani wards in Mkuranga district have benefited from the awareness training on the 2000 Women and Gender Development Policy.

The statistic was given by the project coordinator of a youth run CSO dedicated for the social welfare development (YOSSADO), Fatuma Waziri, when opening the training session in mid July.

She said the objective of the training was to empower young women with awareness of the policy, which they did not have enough knowledge on. She also believes that through the awareness girls will be in a better position to engage in development processes and hence help to rid the society out of poverty.

She said the organisation decided to embark on training young women in the community after having learnt that the target group were overly dragging their feet in development processes, and hence calling for the need for the training.

“We have decided to focus more on rural areas and educate the young girls since women play a bigger role in our societies and yet these girls do not have the necessary skills and awareness on issues raised in the policy,” said Fatuma.

She said although they had some difficulties on the earlier days, they are grateful that the girls have eventually been made aware of key issues raised in the policy – something that is ideal to help them in future.

“After the training we want these young women to be the ambassadors and peer educators who can share the knowledge with others in the rural areas so that in the end we enable a good majority of citizens to engage effectively in various development activities - leading to more vibrancy in our communities,” she said.

The project on educating the young women and girls has been funded by The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS).

Fatuma concludes that  YOSSADO is planning to reach more young women and girls in different wards of Mkuranga district with the aim of providing them with key policy related knowledge that can help them economically.

Tarime youths, women up against HIV risky cultural practices

Over 1,600 young men and women in Tarime District, Mara Region  are set to equip themselves against risky and unfavourable cultural practices that might plunge the community into the scourge of new HIV infections.

This follows the commencement of a one – year awareness project that aims at mitigating the scourge of HIV/AIDS caused by risky and unfavourable cultural practices in four wards of Sirari, Mbogi, Mwema and Tarime. The project is conducted by the Tanzania Youth Health and Development Organization (TAYOHADO) through funds from the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS). 

TAYOHADO is a local civil society organisation striving to make a difference on lives of youths in Tarime District.

“We thank the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) for enabling us to start implementing this project and our goal is to reach at least 400 youths in every ward,” said Mr. John Matiko, the TAYOHADO Coordinator.

According to Mr. Matiko, the effects of female genital mutilation (FGM), early marriages, and women inheritance are among the cultural activities that will be addressed in the project.

“We have started giving education focusing on the unfavourable cultures that fuel HIV infections in Tarime and the response is good,” he said in early July.

Among other things, the organisation has started educating youths in the District to concentrate on things that contribute to the national development.

Marwa Mwita (23) is one of the beneficiaries of the project and believes the initiative has come at the right time of need.

Community urged to support the Most Vulnerable Children

The community has been urged to support the Most Vulnerable Children (MVCs) since it is everyone’s responsibility to provide the support instead of leaving the onus on the hands of a few individuals.

This was said by the coordinator of Imara Youth Development Centre, Peter Simon, at a four-day training workshop on the support the MVCs, which took place at Kibedya ward Gairo district in Morogoro region in mid July.

The organisation is funded by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS).

Simon said the aim of their training workshop was to provide life skills and child protection knowledge to children and the youths in order to come out of poverty line. He also urged the participants of the training workshop to take the responsibility of working on the challenges facing the vulnerable children.

The participants were also tasked to always make close follow up on matters concerning child rights protection and report any acts of child violence to responsible authorities or centres dealing with legal assistance provision - particularly with regard to those children working in mines and open markets.

The training coordinator, Mr. Peter Kisima, said the community is not yet serious enough to help the vulnerable children and hence leave the matter on the hands of parents and guardians only.

In concluding, David Magasha, who was the training participant said in order to give a priority on child protection issues there must be a strategy of conducting regular public dialogues – calling for the protection of the MVCs.

The Foundation’s staff benefit from team-building session

On 11 July the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) staff conducted a team-building session as part of the annual staff development and training initiative.

Since the spirit of teamwork is crucial for the overall performance and effectiveness of any organisation, the team-building session played a key role in enhancing the capacity of the entire staff and management of the Foundation.

During the session staff members from different departments of the Foundation were able to come together and learn from each other on various aspects work so as to enhance their overall teamwork spirit.

The team–building session among other things enabled the staff members and management to sit in small groups and give each other the gift of feedback - by commending all the individual good performance behaviours as well as charting out areas of improvements.

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