About the Challenge

The Challenge

As you read this, millions of children are separated from their families, living in institutions or In Tanzania the increase in number of OVC as a result of HIV and AIDS, poverty, urbanisation, and unemployment has undermined the existing alternative care systems (the extended family/kinship care, statutory foster care, adoption, community based, group homes and supervised child-headed households), in providing adequate care to these children (Makuu 2017). Dar es Salaam, the biggest city in Tanzania has one of the largest numbers of OVC mainly due to HIV and AIDS (TACAIDS 2012). It has a prevalence of 6.9%, compared to the overall national average of 5.1% among the year 15-49 age groups (TACAIDS 2012). A study by SOS (2012) revealed that in Tanzania, 11,565 children were placed in residential care; 80 children were in retention (a detention facility for children who have violated the law which was established under the Law of the Child (Retention Homes) 2009, and 80 in approved schools. The study further noted that 453 children were in prison whereas 578 children were in detention in different cities of Tanzania and Dar es Salaam city is not exceptional.

Our Solution

To provide relief to orphans and vulnerable children of any race or religious belief through provision of home and education.

In order to achieve this our core initiatives are:

As 100 million children are living on the streets worldwide. Countless more are living in abusive homes, unwanted and rejected. It is these children that we fight for, in order to see them in a safe and loving family. We receive referrals from children’s remand facilities, the social welfare office, village chiefs, police, community health volunteers, church leaders, our own social workers, as well as other community- level individuals.

Ensure that every child thrives by provision of nutrition, health, psychological and protective services. WWT is assisting vulnerable children by counseling, sheltering, training, parental guidance, psychological support and other related support for the view of enabling them to become self- reliant. We support people to see their own lives, families and ultimately whole communities transformed and thriving;

In Tanzania, orphans are usually considered to be at disadvantage compared with children whose parents are still alive. With regard to education, The Household Budget Survey of Tanzania (2001/2002) showed that children from poor households, and certainly OVC, are unlikely to attend school and when they do, they suffer higher dropout rates than children from better-off families, the fact that further narrows their chances for better future economic performance As the number of orphans and vulnerable children grows, their communities become less and less capable of addressing all their basic needs, including their ability to go to school. Helping young people achieve their educational goals is one of WWT’s core initiatives. With donations and support from different partners, individuals and institutions we offer Secondary and vocational education to our beneficiaries by sending to school any child that finishes primary school.

Other additional initiatives includes;

These programs are conducted so as to create awareness among the children and society on several aspects affecting their life such as; training workshop on Child Rights Advocacy as well as strengthening children Councils and their clubs right from street/village, wards, municipal, regional etc, Life and Facilitation Skills, workshops and seminars on Human Trafficking, Reproductive Health, Seminars and Campaigns on HIV/AIDs entertainments such as music, choir, traditional dance and sports and Malaria, training on Entrepreneurship and Training of the Trainers (TOT).

Watoto Wetu Tanzania host local and international volunteer from different country in the world and providing them with; Placement of work, Hosting Homes, Orientation (Induction), Tour Guiding, Planning for their Work and Duties, Work Camps with local and international Volunteers, Provision of Swahili Lesson to international Volunteers, and Cultural Exchange Programs with Local and International Volunteers.

Project Rationale

Bagamoyo is one of the six districts of the Pwani Region of Tanzania. It is bordered to the north by the Tanga Region, to the west by the Morogoro Region, to the east by the Indian Ocean and to the south by the Kibaha District. The district capital is at Bagamoyo.

Over the last two decades, Bagamoyo District Council has experienced an increased demand for basic services and infrastructure such as health and education facilities, roads, housing, water and as well as sanitation among many others. Several reasons account for this. However, the rapid increase of population in the District has been the main factor. The vast increased population in turn has strained the available resources and increased the challenges to the District Council in achieving holistic goals.

The 3rd Bagamoyo District Council strategic plan of 2016/2017-2020/2021 complies a range of strategic activities which complement the Government efforts on implementing Tanzania Development vision of 2025. WWT comes as one of the important stakeholder in achieving the council’s objectives. In which WWT center is 3km from the Chalinze/Bagamoyo road at Mitinje,Mazizi Village, Msata Ward in Bagamoyo. The commuity around the center consists of maasai, kwere,zigua and mang’ati tribes.The families here live in extreme deprivation in which they mainly depend on livestock keeping and farming for income generation.

WWT is building a nursery and primary school in this remote village. Present primary school is 3.2km and Secondary school 8 km from the village, thus it takes hours walking on foot to get to the nearest school, so the children who live here never learn to read rather involved by parents in livestock keeping. We want to change that, by building a small local school and hire local teachers.

Funding Request

WWT is facing challenge of lacking a permanent donor, thus it merely depends on individual small donations to run its activities. This proposal seeks funds to provide services required to achieve the objectives, mission and the goal of the organization.

WWT seeks funding in the following activities;

Ongoing Support to the vulnerable children (Annual)
❖ Food
❖ Clothing and Toiletries
❖ Utilities
❖ Daily Transport costs for students
❖ Scholastic Materials
❖ Health care
❖ Annual school fees
❖ Staff Salaries

Completing construction of two classrooms

Construction of Young Children Dormitory

Renovation of dormitories

Starting of School Chalk Factory

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