CSO’s children club rescues orphan from child labour in Simiyu


Kaswahili Mathias (12) living at Busami village in Badugu district, Simiyu region may still be having some good old memories of the splendid care that he received from his late parents. It is the kind of life that never lasted for so long.

Thus, following the death of his parents, things begun to change and experienced moments of difficulty – allegedly instigated by his own guardians. He was allegedly forced to work in farms as well as grazing cattle for most of his time and hence deprived him of his right to properly continue with his primary education.

“I don’t really want to recall this difficult sort of life that came into my life. Sometimes I wished I could run away and get out of this village and never come back. I had nothing at that time since everything was taken by my father’s relatives,” says the little Kaswahili.

Kaswahili says one of the things that made his life miserable is when he was sometimes denied food to eat. It eventually forced him skip classes and engage in some little manual work just to keep his day going – including buy some food.

“So I had to work on other people’s crop fields and get paid up to TZS 1,000 while others would just give me food to eat after finishing the work.  Since I had nobody to tell my problems the little manual works helped me survive,” he says.
“There was no one to lean on to the extent that my own sister had to be forced to get married at a tender age and the dowry simply vanished into the hands of the relatives to enjoy. This made me re-think on how life would be ahead of me,” he adds.

Now there is new hope in the life of Kaswahili after benefiting from an intervention by the Busega Children & Development Services Assistance (BCDSA). BCDSA is a local CSO that has been funded by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS).

He says, he has been able to meet up with fellow children and become a bona fide member of Children Clubs coordinated by BCDSA and thus benefiting from various services relevant to the 1996 Child Development Policy and the 2009 Child Development Act.

Through the Children Club details of Kaswahili’s predicaments were given to the Ward Executive so as to start taking action on them. The Ward Executive was able to go to his home place and have frank discussions with his aunt (name withheld) on a number of child right issues. She then conceded the mistakes made and promised to change for the better.