FCS conducts joint monitoring tour of projects in Mwanza, Geita

The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) has conducted the first joint monitoring tour of its projects in year 2014, from 31st March to 4th April, in Mwanza and Geita regions.

This time around participants of the joint tour of projects comprised of some FCS Board of Directors, the Management and representatives from the FCS Development Partners and the Ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children.

The Development Partners represented are the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Swiss Development Corporation (SDC).

The joint visit is normally prepared to enable the Development Partners get a feel of projects being implemented by the FCS through their basket funding.

While at Kikundi cha Mila na Desturi Ukerewe (KIMIDEU) the visiting team was especially able to hear of the achievements registered by the organisation in reducing the widespread and negative traditional practice of ‘purifying’ widows and widowers after the death of their loved ones.

Board Chair of the ourganisation, Mr. Makubi Makubi had earlier told the visiting team that from the information collected by his organisation among 200 couples in the district, 60 of them had actually been indulging in practices of ‘purification’ of widows and widowers - for fear of being excommunicated by their ritual-obeying communities. But through the training and public dialogues conducted under the FCS funded project, the organisation has enabled a bigger majority of married couples in the district shunning the outdated tradition which has in fact led to widespread of HIV/AIDS and the related.

Ifakara disabled trained on 2006 UN Convention to know their rights

People with disability in the country have been urged to learn from clauses stipulated in the 2006 UN Convention for People with Disability and hence participate in all development processes that are in line with their limits of capabilities.

Speaking at a two-day training workshop on the 2006 UN Convention held at Ifakara township in Kilombero in mid April, chair of Tanzania League of the Blind (TLB) Greyson Mlanga said it is high time people with disability participated in development processes - so as to rid the community with a stereotype that the former are mere beggars.

Mlanga said cooperation amongst people with disability associations is the only way to make a breakthrough in life. He also emphasized on the attainment of correct records of people with disability so as to help their course and development.

In the training that brought together various stakeholders – including district council members, coordinators and representatives of people with disability associations, Mlanga took the opportunity to explain on the importance of helping the entire community to understand and respect the rights of people with disability in accordance to the UN convention.

The training was organised by TLB in Kilombero and has impacted stakeholders from Ifakara, Kibaoni, Kiberege and Kisawasawa wards through funds from the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS).

Pwani urgued to set aside budget for the disabled

The Kibaha rural councilors in Pwani region have been argued to give priority in their budget allocations to disabled people’s groups so as to give them the ability to stand on their own instead of depending on the donor funding.

This was said by the Executive Director of Youth Partnership Countrywide (YPC), Mr. Israel Ilunde, at a one-day workshop organised by Tanzania Association of the Deaf (CHAVITA) in Kibaha rural district funded by The Foundation for Civil Society.

Ilunde says that the groups of disabled have been dependent since they are not given a priority in the budgetary allocations prepared by the councils, condemning them as beggars while they have the ability to earn a living when given funds to run their own projects.

The executive director of YPC asked the district council to see the possibility of resolving their problem and providing them with the necessary funds since at least everyone in the special group is capable of working and become independent.

Coordinator of the organization, Samwel Stanley, says it is good for every person in the community regardless of their physical status, whether disabled or able bodied, to be involved in development plans and hence get rid of complaints.

CHAVITA secretary in Kibaha district, Mussa Khalid, explained to the participants that the organisation has been striving to provide education to the disabled groups with an objective of giving them the opportunity to recognize their position.


FCS funded training helps CSO to come up with active members

Our grantee, the Bagamoyo Youth Information Centre (BAYOICE) is now proud to have acquired more active members at its disposal. Thanks to a training program on strengthening the institutional capacity of the organisation, leading to the conversion of some ‘sluggish’ members into active beings. The training was funded by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS).

BAYOICE is led by youths with an objective of expanding economic opportunities and improve mechanisms for social services delivery so as to contribute in the fight against poverty and in turn increase the income among the citizens of Bagamoyo district.

BAYOICE is based at Magomeni division, Bagamoyo district in Pwani region, and the organization focuses on helping the society to overcome the diverse challenges that hinder community development.

Speaking of the training, BAYOICE chairperson, Ally Juma, says: “The training has brought big impacts to our organisation and enabled our members to realize their potentials and responsibilities and therefore improve on each one’s efficiency unlike before”.

He says, in the past most of the organisation members could not volunteer in doing activities for helping the community unless they are given allowances.

Regardless of working with the local government leaders and officials through the district council, Juma says they have also involved private institutions, secondary and primary schools in providing different training education following the challenges facing the community.

Josephine Jonas, a member of the organisation says, “I have acquired project writing skills from the training, and now I am able to write project proposals s without depending on the leaders”.

She adds: “I’m now aware of the youth development policy especially on the section that speaks up for the youths and can now fulfill my responsibilities as a youth towards development processes.

However, Juma says the training has helped members of the organisation to come up with project ideas and therefore helped to overcome various social challenges including paying their office rent, electricity bills and transportation fares when attending training seminars in rural areas without depending on funds from the FCS.

He says organisation members have now been contributing some money towards sustainability of their organisation, which in turn helps to cater for children living in difficult conditions.

The organisation has also been able to manage its own future direction since it is now capacitated to develop its own strategic plan, and above all the members are now able to use that opportunity to prepare new work plans without waiting for a facilitator from elsewhere.

Latifa Rashidi is among the members that have benefited from the training and she says: “it was difficult for me to stand up and speak in public, but now I am more confident to give my valued opinions.”

She adds that for now the organisation has the ability to perform its activities without even being constrained by the members asking for allowances. The training has helped her to realize her responsibilities and putting forward the interests of the community first, bearing in mind the accountability values.

Joseph Peter, another member of the organisation, says the training has helped them to solve their possible differences and eliminate any chances of conflict indicators, especially when some members appear to be losing track and fail to work accordingly.

The organisation has been able to be closer to the society since its members have realized and improved the communication with the surrounding community and convince new members to join by volunteering.

Dorisi Kalemwa who is a member of the organisation says the training has influenced her to share the knowledge to other fellow youths who did not get the opportunity like hers.

BAYOICE is now away from critics of being run by a few individuals and has arguably become a collective organisation. Salama Kassimu who has also benefited from the training says: “The training has helped us to have a better understanding on running of the affairs of the organisation, as opposed to a situation in the past where we solely depended on a few leaders to mastermind everything on our behalf. Right now the notion of being active members is manifested within us.”

Social service providers trained on sign language

More than 50 civil service providers including the police, teachers, nurses and medical doctors from Mlimba and Kidatu divisions in Kilomero, Morogoro have been trained on sign language.

Project coordinator on the sign language training at Kilombero district, Elizabeth Rutha has said the project targets 137 public service providers in the district. From Mlimba and Kidatu divisions, the training will go to reach beneficiaries in Mngeta and Ifakara wards.

The project is funded by the Foundation for Civil Society at the tune of TZS 42.7 million.

Rutha said there was a need to train on the sign language since the deaf get hard times to communicate and be understood at the social service centers since there are no translators as well as the expertise on the language.

The social service providers have appreciated the Tanzania Association for the Deaf (CHAVITA) in Kilombero district for conducting the training since they had no knowledge on the language, which resulted to difficulties in communication.

They also recommended for the training to be provided frequently so as to widening their knowledge and skills on the language.



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