PETS inspires refurbishment of 11 rural roads in Lindi

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Public Expenditure Tracking Survey (PETS) conducted by the Lindi Regional Association (LANGO) is said to have inspired the refurbishment of a total of 11 rural roads. 

Explaining to participants of the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) joint monitoring tour of projects in Lindi in early October - comprising of some FCS Board of Directors, the Management and representatives from the Development Partners and the Ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children - the Executive Secretary of LANGO, Sharrif Maloya, said through organised reality checks on the roads - along with the citizens, councilors and village officials - the local authority eventually heeded their call and worked to improve the ‘deserted’ roads – so as to be passable throughout the year.

In the quest to know more, Nicholus Leader, from the Department of International Development (DFID) had asked: “How did the PETS exercise bring about the changes?”

Giving a detailed account of the matter, Mr. Maloya said: “We first started to train the citizens, local councilors and village leaders on their roles and responsibilities in monitoring public funds and later on organised field visits to inspect the ‘earmarked’ roads based on the information that was gathered from the local authority – indicating that the roads were refurbished. But our reality check through the field visits discovered that some roads were actually not refurbished as stated, while in other places there was poor implementation of projects.”

He also said all the ‘reality checks’ and follow ups under PETS exercise were facilitated following improved relations that the organisation had built through dialogues and regular contacts with citizens, legislators and the local authority.

Thus giving some examples – through pictorial illustrations - indicating the situation before and after the PETS exercise, Mr. Maloya said as a result their intervention a 14km Liwale to Mbaya road, Mavuji to Mchakama road as well as Lokongowele culverts had been renovated, while the Mbaya to Mtalango road has already been earmarked for refurbishment between Oct 2014 and February 2015.

He also said as a result of the PETS exercise conducted with the aim of ultimately improving the quality of roads and infrastructure in Lindi - a new science laboratory, eight cubic pit latrines, one water tank and two teachers’ houses have already been constructed at Mbaya Secondary school.

PETS inspires refurbishment of 11 rural roads in Lindi

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Public Expenditure Tracking System (PETS) exercise conducted by the Lindi Regional Association (LANGO) is said to have inspired the refurbishment of a total of 11 rural roads. 

Explaining to participants of the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) joint monitoring tour of projects in Lindi in early October - comprising of some FCS Board of Directors, the Management and representatives from the Development Partners and the Ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children - the Executive Secretary of LANGO, Sharrif Maloya, said through organised reality checks on the roads - along with the citizens, councilors and village officials - the local authority eventually heeded their call and worked to improve the ‘deserted’ roads – so as to be passable throughout the year.

In need to know more, Nicholus Leader, from the Department of International Development (DFID) had asked: “How did the PETS exercise bring about changes?”

Giving a detailed account of the matter, Mr. Maloya said: “We first started to train the citizens, local councilors and village leaders on their roles and responsibilities in monitoring public funds and later on organised field visits to inspect the ‘earmarked’ roads based on the information that was gathered from the local authority – indicating that the roads were refurbished. But our reality check through the field visits discovered that some roads were actually not refurbished as stated, while in other places there was poor implementation of projects.”

He also said all the ‘reality checks’ and follow ups under PETS exercise were facilitated following improved relations that the organisation had built through dialogues and regular contacts with citizens, legislators and the local authority.

Thus giving some examples – through pictorial illustrations - indicating the situation before and after the PETS exercise, Mr. Maloya said as a result their intervention a 14km Liwale to Mbaya road, Mavuji to Mchakama road as well as Lokongowele culverts had been renovated, while the Mbaya to Mtalango road has already been earmarked for refurbishment between Oct 2014 and February 2015.

He also said as a result of the PETS exercise conducted with the aim of ultimately improving the quality of roads and infrastructure in Lindi - a new science laboratory, eight cubic pit latrines, one water tank and two teachers’ houses have already been constructed at Mbaya Secondary school.

Ludewa CSO steps in against dragging children into pubs

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Following a child protection campaign waged by Lugarawa Development Foundation, citizens of Liganga division, Ludewa district have started a process of enacting their own by-laws aimed at prohibiting parents, especially women, from going to the local brew pubs at night in company with their babies.

This was made know during a recent training seminar in Njombe region conducted by Lugarawa Development Foundation through funds from the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) with the aim of protecting the rights of children in Ludewa district.

Giving an account of the matter, a resident of Ilininda, Annonsiatha Mlowe says the by-laws have already become operational in their area, and that the money that is being collected as fine goes to the village revenues to facilitate other social-economic activities.

“Since the by-laws became operational more women and men are sticking together at homes – leading to better care for their families, including improved nutrition to their children,” says Annonsiatha.

She also says in their neighborhood, cases of truancy in the village school has also gone done since forcing a woman to stick at homes in the evenings has also attracted their spouses to abandon hanging out in pubs. In turn, parents now get more time to plan for their family matters, as well as monitoring their children’s academic performance.

“Previously, many children could not attend classes in school because their parents were away from them for most of the time, and they were left starving. With the by-laws we are witnessing some improvements even in their nutrition, and they are able to go to school,” said Annonsiatha.

For his part, community development officer in Ludewa district, Thomas Kiowi, said time has come for parents to go back to the drawing board and review the whole issue of child rights protection.


Citizens sensitized on the importance of writing will

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A call has been made to sensitize communities to understand the importance of writing wills so as to counter the wave of women and children rights abuse related to property inheritance.

The call was made recently in Korogwe district by the program coordinator of a civil society organisation in Tanga region, Women Wake Up (WOWAP) Neema Mwanga when speaking to 40 paralegals at a workshop aimed at sensitizing the community on legal procedures related to writing wills.

She said after implementation of the one-year project funded by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) they have noted some significant successes in the handling of land disputes, especially those related to inheritance.

“Given the current situation now there is a dire need for the entire community, especially heads of the families, to be sensitized on issues around writing wills so as to minimize chances of conflicts related to inheritance,” she said.

The paralegals were selected by the people themselves from their communities so as to receive further training and eventually assist in handling family disputes that often occur after the death of a proprietor.



 

FCS funded project inspires Monica to fight FGM

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Monica Kisanta has vowed to fight and save dozens of fellow young girls from undergoing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) at her home village of Mogabiri in Tarime District of Mara Region.

This is after receiving awareness training on the health effects caused by FGM and other harmful cultural practices - provided by the Tanzania Youth Health and Development Organization (TAYOHADO) through funds from the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS).

Tarime is said to be one of ‘chronic’ districts in Tanzania where hundreds of schools girls are still forcibly subjected to FGM. Worse still it has not been so easy for non-circumcised girls to get married off in the area.

For the 22 –year old girl, Monica, enough is enough and she now dares to stand firm to protect her young sisters and neighbours from passing though the traumatizing cultural practice which also fuels new cases of HIV infection in the area.

“I feel more empowered – ready to instigate changes in my community. I have three younger sisters and more neighbours in need of my support. I am prepared to do everything possible to prevent them from undergoing FGM,” says Monica.
The FCS grantee (TAYOHADO) is implementing an ambitious one-year project aimed at making Tarime youths say ‘No’ to traditional practices that might push them at a risk of contracting HIV/AIDS.

“The situation is alarming and fellow young girls get infected with HIV because of these cultural practices that we cherish,” says Monica.

The cultural practice entails awarding a wide range of gifts to circumcised girls, such as cash prize during the ceremonies. But Monica describes the gifts as useless and vowed to continue with the fight from her clan and beyond.

“I appeal whoever is supporting this initiative not to give up, as the situation in remote areas of Tarime town is still alarming,” says Monica.

After completing her ordinary secondary education in 2012, Monica started a tailoring business at her village - targeting women.

Mr. John Matiko who is TAYOHADO coordinator says Monica is one among 40 youths who have benefited from the anti-FGM awareness drive held recently in Tarime.

“We are always been telling them to spread the word up to the interior parts of their villages,” he said.

TAYOHADO is a CSO dedicated in transforming lives of school and non-school youths in various parts of Tarime district. The organisation is run by local youths who know the chronic problems facing their colleagues in the area.

 

 

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