France spot FCS for PISCCA grants in Tanzania

The France embassy in Tanzania in its framework of cooperation with civil organization in Tanzania has entered into a subsidy agreement with the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) worth 126, 314,000 Tanzanian shillings to cover its capacity building and monitoring component to its projects lying under PISCCA. PISCCA stands for Programme of Innovative from Civil Societies and Coalition Actors which now the FSC will be required to monitor and train its grantees.

Currently these projects are running in six regions namely; Kigoma, Iringa, Morogoro, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar. The signing of the agreement with the FCS, took place at the France Embassy in Dar es Salaam, on 25th November 2016. Signatories from two parties were; Her Excellency Malika Berak, the Ambassador of France in Tanzania and The FCS Executive Director, Advocate Francis Kiwanga.

 

Funded PISCCA CSOs in Tanzania includes: Friends of Lake Tanganyika (FLT) with the Biomass charcoal briquette project in Kigoma; Medical Women Association of Tanzania (MEWATA) with its youth empowerment on reproductive health in high schools and in Universities famous known as ‘Amka Kijana’ project in Iringa; Tanzania Support for Women Rights(TASUWORI) with a capacity enhancement for effective poverty Monitoring and Local Government Reforms in Morogoro, Uigizaji na Ngoma za Asili (UNA) with an out of school youth empowerment in Dar es Salaam; White Orange Youth (WOY) with community empowerment for addressing GBV for women, Children and young people in Kilimanjaro and; Zanzibar Climate Change (ZACCA) with organization in climate change governance and accountability in Zanzibar.

FCS marks the first Giving Tuesday in Dar

The Foundation for Civil Society has marked the first Giving Tuesday in Tanzania by supporting disabled students at Uhuru Mchanganyiko Primary School in Dar es Salaam.

The event also colored by Bongo flava artists, Barnaba a True Boy singer and Miriam, (a disabled young talented musician and a former student of the school). Teachers and students attended the occasion which marked the unique philanthropic event.

Giving Tuesday is celebrated worldwide, Tuesday after Thanksgiving. “In Tanzania, it has never been celebrated before, “thanks the Foundation for Civil Society for bring it here,” says Ms Anna Mshana, the Uhuru Mchanganyiko Head Teacher.

Presenting his introductory remarks, The FCS Executive Director, Francis Kiwanga, said the foundation recognizes people with special needs and the idea of bringing Giving Tuesday in Tanzania, was to showcase the ideal of philanthropy in the country.

The idea of this event is to tell company owners, organizations and individuals the role of giving back to their community. We as FCS have noticed this room and have tried to fill in the gaps. We are inviting others to do similar events,” he said.

In doing so, all FCS staffs deducted their salary at a rate of 1% each for six month, and the amount was spent in renovating one students toilet at the school. Apart from that, the organization received some contribution from individuals, companies and organization which was also presented yesterday.

The guest of honour, who is the Assistant Director of Administration at the Ministry of Education, Mr Pancras Steven said, the Ministry gives a lot of appreciation to the FCS for conceiving the idea of this years’ Giving Tuesday.

We are happy that you have introduced this great thing in our country. Please let it not be the last. Also, we thank you for considering this school as it needs a lot of attention from our people,” he said meaning that the school has special treatment and it needs some requirements that are very expensive and it is difficult for the government or parents alone to suffice them.

 

The Uhuru Mchanganyiko Head Teacher Ms Anna Mshana used the event to convey her warm gratitude to the management ond staffs of the foundation and other partners who contributed to the event. “You have done a great deal. We real appreciate,” she said adding that, the Uhuru Mchanganyiko community will use the contributed stuffs as planned and they do welcome other organizations to support the school.

FCS facilitates youth initiatives in Dar

The FCS official, Nasim Losai, (above) opening Youth Training in Dar Es Salaam. 

The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) has facilitated a three days training on Business Potentialities, Laws and Regulations for Tanzanians Youth to engage in East African market. The training has launched today 21st November 2016 in Dar es Salaam and it aims at capacitating youths from Tanzania to realize their dreams in the East African market. 

Speaking during opening of this training, the FCS official, Nasim Losai, said the foundation is keen in supporting groups with special requirements and it has found that, Tanzanians youth require more knowledge on East African business potentials. She added that, the Foundation recognizes Tanzanian government initiatives through its various youth programs and it wants to see them engage directly on issues of integrations.

We are here to support our youth. We need them to realize challenges feature them and be more effective in engaging directly with outcomes of the EAC integration,” she said and added;

 “We are instructing them with prospective skills and it is our hope that they grasp this knowledge and share with their peers. It is hard to bring a big number here, but our facilitators are making it possible to mentor them theoretically and practically. After this session, they are urged to go and share this knowledge with their peers,” she said.

A group photo of participants and facilitators of the three days Youth Training supported by FCS.

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”   

Deputy Minister Possi graces the 5th Conference for Disabled in Dar

 

Deputy State Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office responsible for Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and the Disabled, Dr. Abdallah Possi has graced the 5th Conference for peoples with disabilities, the conference facilitated by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS), at Blue Pearl Hotel in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

Dr. Possi mentioned that, the government of Tanzania recognizes and appreciates with the contribution that people with disabilities offer in the country, and he further added that, the government is aware with challenges facing disabled in Tanzania and the 2010 Law passed by the parliament special for handling and supervising issues facing Tanzanians with disabilities, is a key towards bringing changes in lives of Tanzanian disabled. He added that, all citizens in Tanzania have equal share and they deserve rights and justice including peoples with disabilities.

The Deputy Minister explained that, people with disabilities face different challenges and the government has analyzed them and it handles them with special priorities.

Speaking before the Deputy Minister, The Executive Director for The Foundation for Civil Society, Francis Kiwanga said the FCS after recognizing the need to capacitate peoples with disabilities in Tanzania; it decided to facilitate the 5th Disabled Conference aiming at bringing changes in lives of disabled Tanzanians.

I am taking this opportunity to send my regards through you, Honorable Deputy Minister, to the government of Tanzania in regard to our acknowledgment on the good work the government is doing specifically in combating corruption. We are also appreciating changes that are taking place in service delivery in the country,” Mr. Kiwanga said and added that:

The Foundation for Civil Society after analyzing rights for peoples with disabilities, and the nature of living in in the country, it urges the government to be closer with this special group, in order to ensure them the rights to live.

This two day conference was attended by 150 members from Tanzania Mainland and the Isles. The significant message was the recognition and implementation of the 2010 Disabled Law, in relation with building equal society.

 

 

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