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MATUMAINI EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT{MEDCE}

MATUMAINI EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT{MEDCE}

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania

 1. THE PROJECT OF ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN CARE SUPPORT.

ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN IN IRINGA MUNICIPAL:

Iringa Region is one of the most HIV/AIDS affected Region in Tanzania. It is estimated that 15.9% of the population living in Iringa Region are HIV positive, the Iringa Municipality has a population of 115.000 (census of 2002) therefore nearly 15.000 people are living with HIV and AIDS.

The HIV/AIDS and its effects has been surrounding phenomenon in the world through the affected are the most developing countries. The increasingly deaths of people as a result of HIV/AIDS has caused many children left as Orphans with no care and support in different parts of the world. Most of the children are left with their poor grand parents who are un able to provide them with daily life necessities especially education, food, shelter and clothing as well as health. The situaion renderes some children home less hence ending up on streets.

 

PURPOSE OF THE PROJECT

The purpose of this project is aimed to reduce the suffering of the orphans and vulnerable children, through providing uniforms, food, school stationeries and building their capacity through giving education on how they can establish micro-projects like chicken keeping etc so that they become productive in the society.

 

Program Objectives

Matumaini Education Development and Community Empowerment aims at achieving the following;

  • To provide education support to 2476 needy identified OVC'S
  • To support 460 needy homes and guardians of the OVC'S with means to become food secure.
  • To educate care givers in the streets and families in how to protect children by giving them satisfactory care, love and support.
  • To establish micro-project like children keeping for OVC'S so that they become productive in the society.
  • To create consciousness to the community and the outside world the need to protect and support the OVC'S as well as protecting their rights as human beings.
  • Enhance working relationship with Local Government to coordinate and monitor the implementation of community care and support.

2. THE PROJECT OF HIV/AIDS CARE SUPPORT

HIV/AIDS IN IRINGA MUNICIPAL:

The first case of HIV, the virus that cause AIDS was recorded in 1985 in the Municipal and since then Iringa Region as whole is said to have some of the highest HIV/AIDS cases in Tanzania.

The figures from Iringa Municipal indicate that HIV/AIDS cases increase on an average of 15.9% per year. Ovarall 39.8% men are infected compared to 60.2% of women. The deadly disease is shaping the demographic structure. Women have a greater probability of contracting the infection and more likely to die from it earlier. Additionally, it should be also noted that on average 24.5% of those infected die annually. The death rate for men and women is 9.8% and 14.7% respectively.

The question here is what explains this trend of HIV/AIDS in Iringa Municipal. Officials in Municipal cite several reasons for the situations. First Iringa Municipal lies on the main road from Dar es Salaam to Mbeya and beyond to neighboring countries of Malawi, Zambia, and Democratic Republic of Congo. It is a centre of truck drivers. Second the Municipal is also a centre of fish traders from Mtera Dam. Third there are a lot of immigrants from rural areas looking for green pastures. Fourth because of poverty, a lot of young women have joined prostitution to earn an income. To be sure unequal power relationships do disadvantage women and young girls are particularly vulnerable. Fifty, local beliefs such as engaging sex with young girls can lead to richness has exposed a lot young girls to unsafe sex. And finally there is lack of education to create awareness among the population on AIDS. (Iringa region 2009)

 

GENERAL OBJECTIVE

The general objective of the project is to contribute to the overall nation HIV and AIDS prevention and control program of the country by increasing the capacity of the community and local structures to fights the spread of HIV/AIDS pandemic and improving the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS Orphans by providing basic care and support services during the project in Iringa Municipal at Isakalilo, Mwangata, Mlandege and Kitwiru Wards.

Specific objectives

The specific objectives of the project are

  • To provide psychosocial support to those affect with HIV/AIDS.
  • To build capacity of community to provide care.
  • To enhance material and institutional support to OVC and HIV/AIDS.
  • To provide education and training support
  • The empowering PLWHA/OVC.
  • To establish social safety nets.
  • To empower local communities to archieve household food security.