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African Youth and Orphan Relief and Progressive Organisation

African Youth and Orphan Relief and Progressive Organisation



Approximately 5.7% of Tanzanian adults (over 1 million people) are infected with HIV, 60% of HIV positive people are women and they tend to be affected at an earlier age than men. Those living in Towns and Cities and near Major routes are more likely to be affected by the disease and, an estimated one million children have lost a parent due to AIDS (The most affected age group is between 20 – 49 years for both sex).

AYORPO as a non-Governmental Organisation identified the unmet needs of these important groups in population, supporting the national response to HIV/AIDS with great efforts on prevention (especially among women and young people)   Planned to scale up training.

HIV/AIDS causes pain and suffering to patients and their families, it imposes a heavy financial and social burden of caring for the sick, and leaves misery and poverty in its wake. HIV/AIDS, therefore, has serious implications for households in the community level and for national social and economic development.

For example, almost 90% of child deaths are due to preventable causes, many drugs are too expensive for poor people to afford.




To enable target groups on community through discussion to identify their own problems define them and formulate feasible programmes to deal with the known problems effectively in collaboration with other stakeholders as much as possible


Since its founding days AYORPO has been active on implementing their mission and objectives. The major activities include the following:

  1. Agency for Tanzania Youth Bank, AYORPO was requested /agreed to act as Agent for mobilizing youth to join Tanzania Youth Bank. That work was done by AYORPO during 2005 – 2006
  2. Seminar for unemployed youth; AYORPO organised/supervised seminars for youth to animate them on the danger of HIV/AIDS, TB epidemics and on Drug abuse. The seminars were for seven ( 7 ) days run in 2006. Participants were awarded with certificates and promotional T-shirts with Logo. The number of participants was 150
  3. Support for school children; AYORPO also undertakes to support orphaned school children – paying for school fees and materials. The year 2007 AYORPO   supported three Girl Secondary schools.
  4. Helping Orphans Families; AYORPO has helped Orphans families at Bunju ward, Kinondoni District, Tabata ward, Ilala District and Mbagala ward in Temeke District in Dar es Salaam Region; things like food and clothes, cooking oil, and other basic needs. The emphasis is to help schools and children’s homes because this spreads the benefits to a wider cross section of children in need and in this way we will help more people than we would in a conventional scholarship concept
  5. Community Involvement; AYORPO conducted training for 358 youth aged 25 – 35 years old on HIV/AIDS and entrepreneurship skills sponsored by FORUM SYD, PATHFINDERS, S. MABUGA ENTREPRISES and AYORPO Members contributions. Established savings and Credit Co-operative Society ( SACCOS ) at Bunju with a total number 360 members before training started members for both genders. After training conducted increased to 569       AYORPO has provided Community Action Groups engaging out of school youth to lead community seminars and give peer advice.   Our urban programmes in Dar es Salaam region provide young people with the skills, confidence and leadership necessary to improve their livelihoods. We achieved this through outreach campaigns and capacity building initiatives for youth camps, with complementary sexual health education through primary and secondary schools
  6. African Youth and Orphan Relief and Progressive Organisation ( AYORPO ) has been running several projects on HIV/AIDS education, orphans care and support in Dar es Salaam. In Bunju ward in Kinondoni district , AYORPO runs an care and support programme called “ Bunju Youth AIDS Animation Project “, on AIDS Prevention, basing on community guardians who volunteer to take care of the orphans. AYORPO mobilized the community by raising awareness on the extend of the orphans problem in Bunju, the child headed households, the kind of support the vulnerable children needed and why the community should care.
  7. Pro-active Approach;   AYORPO is always alert to observe and identify social issues or problems—inchoate or open, so that they may be dealt with the appropriate stakeholders. Example: Registration of Orphans and Vulnerable Children ( groups ) for assistance by local/International Donors.


  • Establishment of proper mechanism and framework for youth empowerment and participation. The adopted concept of participation which with the best intention, is supposed to empower the weakest and the poorest such as the youth in the social development activities.
  • Design and conduct awareness workshops and seminars for youth so as to develop and build capacity at Community level for increased understanding dialogue and involvement.
  • To support young farmers, clubs engaged in vegetable cultivation.
  • To wage war on importation and production of Illicit drugs and drug abuse and educate the community on the effect of drug abuse.
  • To disseminate and create awareness of relevant government policies, Legislations and Civics Rights at Grassroots levels so as to widen their understanding.
  • To protect and promote the interests of youth, children; promote participatory development and democracy.
  •   Encouraging the communities to have access to education, health services, quality information and justice.
  • Empower women socially and economically in the sense that they have been able to participate effectively in planning, implementing and decision making at different levels.
  • Stimulate women engage in different economic activities including farming and marketing.
  • To promote participatory development, transparency and responsibility of youths in the society, their ability to access resources necessary to sustain their economic development, and the often working conditions they are confronting.






African Youth and Orphan and Relief and Progressive Organisation ( AYORPO ) in collaboration with other stakeholders have a key role to play in ensuring that Government is doing what it has committed to do. AYORPO focuses on health governance, HIV/AIDS and gender equality.

Poverty and Health are closely linked. Sick people cannot work and a lack of health care and trained Medics means that sick people cannot get better. AYORPO recognizes that it needs efforts to improve the health System in order to boost growth and bring people out of poverty. HIV/AIDS is the greatest threat against all development efforts in Tanzania at national, community and individual levels. The official figure of people living with HIV/AIDS is 5.7% of the population. Already, this pandemic has impacted life expectancy. Regions with high HIV prevalence include Njombe, with 14.8% out of 100 infected with HIV, Iringa ( 9.1% ) followed by Mbeya ( 9.0% ) and Dar es Salaam ( 6.9% ) by the year 2007/2008 ---(Tanzania Indicator Survey ). For the last two decades, the HIV/AIDS epidemic has spread relentlessly affecting people of all walks of life, especially between the ages of 20 – 49 years. This is the productive population.The increasing number of AIDS related absenteeism from workplace and deaths reflect the early manifestation of epidemic with ramifications in suffering, grief, lower life expectancy, increasing dependency, reduced growth in incomes and productivity all of which results in increased poverty. Increasing incidents of infant and child mortality and growing number of Orphans in both urban and rural areas is alarming.

AYORPO’s initiatives on health, supports social development through:

  • Promoting health—access to quality health care services, nutrition and life style behaviours to the children, orphans and vulnerable children ( OVC ), women, youth and disadvantaged people.
  • To support the empowering of local communities, in urban and rural/semi—rural areas, enabling them to cope and act under the influence of HIV/AIDS.
  • To support increased awareness among new target groups (the disabled, the deaf, the blind etc.) often forgotten or difficult to reach by other actors in the field of HIV/AIDS activities.
  • To ensure that the funds reach the poorest of poor (these are mostly women and children and mostly vulnerable within the society).
  • Supporting the national response to HIV/AIDS with greater efforts on prevention (especially among women and young people)
  • To integrate HIV/AIDS and important Sexual and Reproductive Health components (life, STIs, Safe Motherhood etc.) Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and HIV/AIDS.
  • Strengthening education on health system by improving awareness on primary health services.
  • Also by addressing health facts that malaria and HIV/AIDS are the biggest causes of deaths for people over five years of age in the country and by concentrating more on nutrition.
  • To encourage medical check-ups and testing voluntarily.
  • Reduce maternal and child mortality through accessible family planning means and services.
  • Educate the community /public on marriage age and the child bearing.


The programme is to use the following specified methods to fulfil its objectives.

  • To reach out to local communities and support the empowering or capacity building of people to take action to prevent an/or mitigate the effects of HIV/AIDS in their own communities, by means of allocating funds, or seminars/workshops, based on development criteria.
  • To involve foreign civil society partners in Tanzania in the mainstreaming process via information sharing and awareness.
  •  To actively reach out to new targeted groups to encourage them to identify and to formulate sufficient activities on how to improve their day to day ability to cope with the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
  • Program has to fulfil its objectives in reaching the most vulnerable population and new target groups through different forms of drama and theatre activities and training of Trainers targeting schools. Reaching those who had not been supported at all through other mechanisms.



  • To improve provision of quality, continuing care and treatment to as many HIV positive residents---marginalized groups in Tanzania
  • To improve the level of Nutrition education and knowledge of feeding practices amongst the target population (children)
  • To foster information, education and communication on HIV/AIDS (improved)
  • To contribute in strengthening social support for care and treatment of People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA) in Tanzania. In order to achieve these goals tremendous effort, resources and commitment are required from Donors, Facilitators, International development agencies as Stakeholders




  • AYORPO provides Nutritious foods, bedding materials, household equipments and life necessities to people living with HIV/AIDS or HIV positive
  • AYORPO is involved in the provision of HIV/AIDS care, treatment and support in order to:

-          Increase the awareness on the existing challenges in accessing quality care, treatment and support

-          Discuss various options for improvement and

-          Formulate solutions to the identified problems   ­

  • To include a broad participation of many stakeholders (donors, development agencies and other facilitators) in implementing strategies towards more cost effective HIV/AIDS care, treatment and support
  • To provide a useful direction on the way forward in ensuring expansion of efforts to scaling up access to voluntary HIV Counselling and Testing by orphans and vulnerable children, adolescents, disadvantaged people and adults as a step towards accessing HIV care, treatment and support in a comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention and control effort, by working closely with Governmental Authorities
  • In order to meet the goals of the HIV/AIDS care and Treatment Program greatly expanded efforts are required to identify patients in need of treatment
  • Provision of Health Education as part of advocacy to the community to step up to educate the general population on the befits of early diagnosis of TB in HIV infected and HIV infection in people with Active TB through Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) at HIV clinics and screening of TB at HIV clinics
  • Hygienically, provision of laundry and bathing soap, buckets for storage of drinking water/cooking water and basin for washing and bathing