Designate special areas for the disabled businesses-call

District councils in Dodoma Region have been asked to allocate special areas for people with disabilities for putting up businesses centers and offices.

The Regional Commissioner, Dr Rehema Nchimbi, said that people with disabilities needed public support to improve their welfare.

The RC was speaking during the opening of a meeting for the Tanzania Association of the Deaf (Chavita).

She said, Chavita must be enabled to conduct its activities at all levels.

“We must assist these people to do what they want for their development and the nation at large”, said the regional; commissioner.


Govt officials shunning us, people with disability claim

Tanzania Federation of Disabled People's Organisation in Tanzania (SHIVYAWATA)

 Disabled people in Shinyanga have blamed government officials over failure to cooperate with their association.

The secretary of the Tanzania Federation of Disabled People's Organisation in Tanzania (SHIVYAWATA) in Mtwara, Abdallah Chiwaula, said some government leaders have been shunning activities that it organized.

He was speaking during celebrations to mark the World Day for the rights of people with physical challenges held at the Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCT) premises recently.

He said the biggest obstacle for the association in implementing disabled people’s rights in the region is the absence of cooperation from government leaders from the village, ward, division, district to the region. He said this causes the group to fail in the fight for its basic rights.

According to the secretary, one of the biggest hurdles that SHYVYAWATA faces in carrying out its activities and safeguarding members’ rights, is lack of cooperation from government officials at village, ward, division and other levels in the region.

However, he said, the association has continued with efforts to ensure that they get the officials’ cooperation. Further, the association makes sure that it is involved in development activities, he said.

However, the government still does not help such groups, he said, lamenting:
“When I look around this room I feel very sad since we invited many government officials but only a few have turned up. This shows how leaders do not appreciate activities of our association.”

Speaking at the same occasion, the association chairman, Abdallah Mchindula, said the objective of the celebrations is to sensitize and create awareness about people with physical challenges.

This would in turn enable members of the public to support such people’s efforts and their dignity, he said, adding:

“Normally these celebrations take place on December 3 every year but, because of reasons beyond control, we failed to mark them on the appropriate day and instead changed to another date.”


Message on the care for the elderly sinks in in Kyela

A campaign waged by our grantee, the Service to Widows, Orphans and the Little Ones (SWOLO) on the welfare of the elderly people in Kyela, Mbeya region seems to have paid off.

 There are a number of developments being reported in line with the care for elderly in the area.

 Revealing some of his organisation’s achievements to participants of the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) joint monitoring tour of projects in Kyela district, Mbeya region in the first week of December 2013, chairperson of SWOLO Abel Ambakisye said their key message on calling for the respect and care for the elderly has satisfactorily been understood by the community in the district.

 Talking to participants of the joint tour of projects - comprising of some FCS Board of Directors, the Management and representatives from the FCS Development Partners – Ambakisye said more elderly people have now been identified and helped to get their identity cards ahead of the process towards getting free access to health services.

 He also said the awareness on the 2003 Elderly Act has been instrumental in getting all things done.

 Ambakisye said the citizens of Kyela especially the youth used to offer little support in their campaign but after being involved in the process they now cooperate and have started to bear in mind that they too will one day be ‘senior citizens’ and so they need to make the environment favourable.

 “Our campaign has been able to change the mentality and hence provide due respect and care to the elderly people in the district,” Ambakisye told participants of the FCS joint tour of projects, comprising of Development Partners’ representatives from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), Embassy of Norway and the Swiss Development Corporation (SDC).

 Ismail Kazenga (88) in his testimony as one of the beneficiaries of the project in the district said he now feels more secure since he has somewhere to lean on and get the necessary support following a move that saw him identified.

 SWOLO has already identified 13,746 elderly people (8,070 females) since the kick off its campaign in 2009.

National Youth Policy awareness empowers petty traders in Mbeya

The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) grantee, Amani the Foundation of Life, has managed to transform the ‘rioting’ petty traders in Mbeya into more responsible, engaging and hence law abiding citizens - through training and dissemination of the National Youth Development Policy of 2008.

 Through the funding from the FCS since 2011 the organisation has been able to train and educate the youth group, particularly the petty traders - commonly known as ‘Machingas’ and ‘Mama Lishes’ - to understand better their roles and responsibilities, and hence reduce their tensions with the Police, City Council and other local authorities.

 This was made known to participants of the FCS joint monitoring tour of projects held in Mbeya region in the first week of December by Amani the Foundation of Life Executive Secretary, Philemon Mwansasu.

 Explaining on the earlier predicament facing the Machingas in Mbeya, James Eli Mwepa, who is the chairperson of petty traders forum in Mbeya says before Amani the Foundation of Life had reached them with training on the Youth Policy, they were fighting like cats and dogs with the Police over where exactly they should relocate and conduct their petty businesses.

 As a result, on 11 Nov 2011 there erupted an unprecedented riot between the Machingas and the Police in Mbeya.

 According to Mwansasu, this was an opportune time and through their FCS supported intervention his organisation managed to distribute copies of the 2008 Youth Policy to key officers at the Mbeya City Council and trained the youth for the first time on key issues highlighted in the Youth Development Policy.

 Mwanasasu told the participants of the joint monitoring tour of projects in Mbeya  (comprising of some FCS Board of Directors, the Management and representatives from the FCS Development Partners) that over 800 copies of the policy were distributed and elaborated to the Machingas for the first time.

 “Since then, our organisation has become a key player to advise the youth on major development issues in the region, such as taking a leading role in the formation of three youth forums in Mbeya town, Kyela and Rungwe districts,” Mwansasu told the FCS joint tour of projects which comprised of some representatives from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), Embassy of Norway and the Swiss Development Corporation (SDC) who are the FCS Development Partners.

 Mwansasu said, following the awareness on the policy, the Mbeya City Council has started to allocate 10% of its revenue collections for the youth development issues, the amount that goes directly to the Machingas-own-established Savings and Credits Cooperative Organisation (SACCOSS).

 Mwepa says Amani intervention has helped the Machingas in the region to organise themselves through their elected representatives and engage in frank dialogues with the City Director, the Mayor and other local authorities as was unprecedented before.

 “Awareness on the Youth Policy has motivated us to elect our representatives and we are now able to engage with city authorities,” said Mwepa who is the chair of petty traders in Mbeya.

 He added that: “Now we are concentrating on one section of the policy which calls for the local authorities to allocate areas for the youth to conduct business and recreational activities,” says Mwepa.

 According to Mwepa, the youth through their Machinga forum in Mbeya do meet every month to discuss the progress of their development issues – with Amani the Foundation for Life providing them with the technical capacity on how to engage successfully, adhering to proper channels.

 “Now we feel more empowered since we know our rights. And after receiving the education on the youth policy we no longer go for rioting when seeking for our rights. There are proper channels to follow,” says Gwamaka Mwakatoke, who is a representative of Rungwe youth forum facilitated by Amani the Foundation of Life.

 Over 450 youth have directly been reached by Amani the Foundation of Life on the training campaign regarding the 2008 National Youth Development Policy.

FCS grantee hailed for mobilizing communal resources for local development

The Integrated Rural Development Organisation (IRDO) based in Ileje district, Mbeya region has been commended for its effort to mobilize the local community to use own resources to come up with development projects instead of sitting back and wait for the local government and other sources.

 IRDO was commended by a team of The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) joint monitoring tour of projects in Mbeya region, held in the first week of December.

 “I have equally been impressed by your approach to build the capacity of local communities to use own and available resources to improve their wellbeing. I think the FCS will agree with me, and broaden on this excellent model in the future,” said a representative from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) Zabdiel Kimambo, who also took part in the joint monitoring tour.

 This time around participants of the FCS joint tour of projects comprised of some FCS Board of Directors, the Management and representatives from the FCS Development Partners. The Development Partners represented were DFID, Embassy of Norway and the Swiss Development Corporation (SDC).

 Explaining on the outputs registered by the on-going FCS funded project on building the capacity of civil societies in Ileje, IRDO project coordinator, Patrick Mwalukisa, said his organisation has already trained a total of 42 Community Based Organisations (CBOs) on social accountability monitoring as well as the administration of projects.

 He said through their training one of the CBOs, Mkombozi Group, was inspired and in turn have sensitized the community at Mswima village in Ileje to come up with projects to build own local roads and culverts by using own resources - through the use of drama as a sensitizing mechanism.

 Mwalukisa said the culvert bridges at Mswima have helped to ease the challenge of transporting crops from the village to market places as well as transporting sick people including pregnant mothers to the nearby village dispensary – which is about 10km, or to the next village hospital at Isoko.

 “Through these CBOs, among other things, we have sensitized the community to know the value and make use of their own resources for mutual development,” said Simon Mwang’onda, the Executive Director of IRDO.


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