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Association of AIDS Widows in Tanzania -- ARUSHA BRANCH (AWITA)

Association of AIDS Widows in Tanzania -- ARUSHA BRANCH (AWITA)


;WIDOWS SOURCE OF INCOME ACTIVITIES                                                    below are some source of income of AWITA ARUSHA Widows to where these project are supported by volunteers and other people who love to help .volunteer come and share ideas with our widows onn how to search for proper marketing of  the products;volunteers also provide financial capital supports to this projects                                                                                                                                                                                                                   HANDCRAFT&SOUVENIRS                                                         Tanzania Widows with AIDS supports the WIDOWS with handcrafts and souvenirs such as wood carving,beads,musical instruments,wood sculpture,pottery,coms,rock painting,stools, WOOD CARVING                                                                                              in this currently projects widows do art such as wood carving and sell their products to some wood curving sop in arusha town the most tourist region in tanzania

they do Favourite carving motifs include the lotus, symbolising reproductive power, the fish, symbolising fertility, the chain, symbolising security, the date, symbolising plenty and frankincense, wealth.

they do also Carved jewellery boxes and kists featuring brass inlays are readily available in AWITA ARUSHA


The use of beads for bodily adornment, embroidery and currency began with locally made ostrich egg shell beads. Imported beads date back to the 10th century or earlier, originating from the Near East, India and China and from Europe after the 15th century.


Musical Instruments

The traditional musical instruments are a fine example of the excellence of Tanzania craft. The big fiddle with resonator made from a coconut shell is common in the coastal region near Dar es Salaam while the marimba is used by many tribes.

There are many different types of drums - some pointed at one end so they can be thrust into the ground, others big, heavy and need special suspension. Some stand on their own supports and others are held between the knees. Traditionally, drums were used to announce the departure or arrival of leaders or to keep a rhythm and build morale.

Fertility Dolls

When a Kwere girl reached puberty she was secluded until the harvest season. During the seclusion, she carried a wooden or gourd doll, the care of which would ensure her fertility.


In many parts of Tanzania, clay figures were and still are used as visual teaching aids for younger people undergoing one of the rites of passage. The teaching took place in initiation schools and the figurines were used to demonstrate the inner meanings of songs, riddles and poems.


Masked dancing is an important activity in southeastern Tanzania, during the coming out of seclusion ceremonies for the young. The masks enhance the importance of initiations and the relationship between the people and their ancestors.

Wood Sculpture

Makonde Art wood sculpture  is world famous. The carving was originally mainly naturalistic but became more-commercially oriented with time. Originally from Mozambique, the Makonde carvers created their own villages where they have established workshops selling directly to tourists or curio dealers.

The Makonde have been practising their craft for at least 300 years. The simplest Makonde carvings relate to the cult of womanhood. They are carried by the male carver as a good luck charm. For centuries, the figures, carved out of ebony, have a central role in Makonde ceremonies and have even been formed their beliefs concerning the origin of man.


In simple cultures the stool is not only a piece of furniture, it is also a mark of social status. A leader would have an elaborately done stool as opposed to a simple one used by women


Mats are a widely used item in coastal houses and certain areas of the interior. They are used for sleeping and sitting on, for spreading out food to dry and for prayer. Hair plaiting techniques vary with area.


About 1,000 years ago, the people inhabiting Tanzania made and used pots. Pottery is both functional and decorative with pots being cast in open fires.


Combs can be made from pointed bamboo sticks or carved from a plain piece of wood or decorated with carved patterns. Many visitors enjoy collecting the many styles and shapes of combs.

Rock Paintings

A detailed record of Stone Age life exists on the walls of many caves and sheltered overhangs in Tanzania. From these paintings it can be seen that Stone Age man in Africa wore clothing, had a variety of hair styles, hunted, danced, sang and played musical instruments among other activities. The paintings are beautiful and delicate. The colouring materials consist of various pigments mixed with animal fat to form crayons.                                                                                                                                                          STAFF CLEANING SOAP PROCESSING;                                                    This is the current project to where AWITA ARUSHA WIDOWS do Process this these staff cleaning soap by help of kabalo buyombo where they use just a small scientific innovations to make a soap happen.to where these soap are sold around all arusha staff office and school and college    

B;HIV/AIDS Awareness - Project

One of the most serious worldwide threats to public health and development is the spread of  TWAA is a key partner and implementer of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which provides assistance to countries most affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Many Volunteers will contribute to HIV/AIDS initiatives during their service, regardless of their area of expertise. Currently, TWAA cooperate with all Volunteers who serve in our home who are advocates and educators of HIV/AIDS prevention and care.TWAA  help people affected by HIV/AIDS through work in our partner areas such as public health education, community and nongovernmental organizations, and business advertising. Volunteers do not provide direct medical care.
HIV/AIDS Volunteers face special challenges. TWAA supports their Volunteers with preparation and training to work in an environment of grief and loss. Note some orphans in our orphanage have been orphaned with HIV/AIDS to where volunteers will able to change their mind psychologically.
Below you to learn about HIV/AIDS opportunities in each of the primary program areas.
Volunteers provide education and support for communities struggling with the impact of HIV/AIDS.
  TWAA health Volunteers serve in a broad range of areas, including HIV/AIDS education and prevention. HIV/AIDS Volunteers assist communities that are currently being ravaged socially and economically by the AIDS pandemic. Volunteering in the area of HIV/AIDS offers an opportunity to make a significant difference in the lives of others.
Activities include working with our youth orphans to eliminate HIV-positive children; implementing programs for at-risk youth; collaborating with faith-based organizations on prevention messages; working at a community HIV center; creating a support group for HIV-positive people; teaching—formally and informally—about HIV/AIDS prevention and care; counseling and aiding local residents; and providing nutrition and hygiene education classes in communities.
For qualifications, please see "Education" and "Experience" under the primary description of health
Volunteers integrate HIV/AIDS education into their roles as teachers and advisors. Volunteer responsibilities Education Volunteers have a tremendous impact on community development. Through the relationships they form with students, parents and other community members, Volunteers can plan a variety of outreach programs focusing on HIV/AIDS education. Volunteers can incorporate HIV/AIDS education into regular lesson plans, after-school programs, and school-wide assemblies and activities.
Youth outreach Volunteers bring much-needed HIV/AIDS education to young community members, helping to instill important prevention methods early on. Volunteers train youth as peer educators, coordinate with boys' and girls' camps, lead education and prevention programs targeted toward children, and organize support groups for children orphaned or suffering from HIV/AIDS.
Community development Volunteers are catalysts for change. They are continually engaged in defining their role in response to their host community, which many times includes the responsibility of HIV/AIDS educator. Community development Volunteers may plan and organize HIV/AIDS awareness programs or counsel community members with the disease. Some Volunteers may even be involved in constructing health centers in their communities.
For qualifications, please see "Eructation and health qualifications

Volunteers help communities respond to HIV/AIDS with business initiatives and computer resources. Volunteer responsibilities.Business Volunteers focus on increasing family income and improving the environment for business, which are often hindered by the presence of HIV/AIDS. Some Volunteers work with development banks, nongovernmental organizations, and municipalities to support local development projects, such as AIDS clinics. Others may help women’s groups write funding proposals to implement programs that teach young mothers about the effect of AIDS on children.
Information technology Volunteers help communities and organizations bridge the gap between those with access to advanced technology and those without. Volunteers may work with health ministries to develop community forums concerning HIV/AIDS or they may be involved with programs focused on bringing the Internet into classrooms so students can get information about preventing and treating the disease.
For qualifications, please see "Education" and "Experience" under the primary descriptions of Business Development, and Information Technology.

Volunteers utilize their specialized skills to combat the effects of HIV/AIDS in communities. VOLUNTEER RESPONSIBILITIES
Environment Volunteers confront the HIV/AIDS pandemic as a general developmental issue as well and a health issue. Volunteers may educate a community regarding HIV/AIDS treatment in order to prevent the over-harvesting of plants and wildlife believed to cure AIDS. Other Volunteers may work with local communities to develop natural resource-based businesses such as ecotourism and environmentally sound cultivation of medicinal plants, to support AIDS-affected communities.
Agriculture Volunteers use their skills to stabilize food security in communities often crippled by HIV/AIDS. Volunteers may work with communities to increase local food production. Some Volunteers may help mechanize farming systems in order to decrease dependence on a depleting work force. Volunteers may lead community and farmer specific programs to teach about issues ranging from organic pesticides, to nutrition and other health concerns including AIDS.
For qualifications, please see "Education" and "Experience" under the primary descriptions of Environment and Agriculture
JOIN US NOW CONTACT;kabuyombo@yahoo.com

C;Help the Forgoten Voice-(ALBINO)

FORGOTEN VOICE-ALBINO AND DISABLE CHILDRENF HELP A FORGOTEN VOICE-ALBINO –Is the TWAA program that aimed to empower the albino orphans and children found in usariver arusha tanzania who their parents are killed with some people with local believe, or orphaned with HIV/AIDS. Some Africa people become very difficult to understand that albino is a normal man who lack skin pigments .albino in Africa become a wonderfully events. that local believe man kill albino in believing that he can become a billionaires’ some time local believe women in Africa segregate albino believing that if she could see albino twice a day she could get birth of albino. Below is the statistics of albino and disabled people in African.
•1.One in every 12 people in Africa is disabled.
•2.Eight percent of Africans have impairment.
•3.That amounts to about 50 million disabled Africans.
•4.About 10% of the world’s population suffers impairment.

•5.That amounts to 500 million persons worldwide.

This information is found in UNESCO, 1995 Report:
Mobility impairment 32%
Severe intellectual impairment 26%
Hearing impairment 14%
Visual Impairment 11%
Epilepsy 4%

This information is found in UNESCO, 1995 Report:
Malnutrition 20%
Congenital diseases 20%
Non-infectious diseases 20%
Accident or war 15.6%
Infectious diseases 11.2%
Other, including aging
Malnutrition, diseases such as AIDS and poor birthing methods are all common causes of disabling impairments in Africa. For example, a pregnant woman whose diet lacks vitamin A can give birth to a child who is blind, or a child who contracts poliomyelitis can have difficulty moving and walking. War, road accidents and unsafe work places account for many disabling impairments such as damaged or lost limbs. Genetic factors can also result in a person being born disabled with Down’s syndrome for example.

In theory, many disabling impairments are preventable. Improved diets, immunization and medical intervention can all help to prevent certain impairments from occurring. But in Africa, as elsewhere in the world, poverty and disease and the risk of injury are largely unavoidable. Disability is therefore a part of life.


These terms vary from country to country:
Impairment. The loss or lack of physical or mental function.
Disability. The disadvantage or restriction of activity resulting from an impairment and from society’s failure to take account of that impairment.
Disabled people. People with sensory, intellectual or physical impairments or with mental or health difficulties.
Handicap. An alternative word for impairment and/or disability. Used less in recent years in English but still common in French.
Rehabilitation. Support for disabled people from society—e.g., education, training, aids and equipment.
Segregation. Separating disabled people from society—e.g., in an institution.

Integration. The opposite of segregation—being a full member of society.

Tribal and religious beliefs strongly influence the way disabled people are viewed. A disabled child in a family is sometimes thought of as a punishment from the gods for the sins of the ancestors. Disabled people can be thought of as bad omens and be rejected or abandoned. In parts of Zambia and Tanzania for example, pregnant women try to avoid seeing people with albinism for fear of giving birth to an albino child.

Disabled people are often viewed as unproductive or even useless. Many men are reluctant to marry a disabled woman. Disabled people are mocked and abused. Disabled women and children are much more likely to be abused and suffer violence than non-disabled women and children. The subject of disability is usually ignored by the media.

•1.Teachers have refused to teach disabled children.
•2.Disabled villagers have been refused help by their community.
•3.Employers have refused to employ disabled people.
•4.Disabled people have been denied food and shelter, family life and relationships.

•5.Disabled people have been abandoned in institutions.

•1.Negative attitudes towards disabled people in a community.
•2.Lack of enforced laws and policies relating to disability and equal opportunities.
•3.Barriers caused by the natural and built environment.

•5.Inadequate services and lack of information appropriate for disabled people.

•1.Influenced policy makers to pass legislation and support programs for disabled people’s rights and integration.
•2.Helped to raise status of disabled people, highlighting the inequality which disabled people face.
•3.Shown appropriate ways in which equality of opportunity can be achieved.
•4.Been actively involved in the formation of constitutions.
•5.Have helped to elect disabled Members of Parliament.

1. What most impressed or enlightened you in this article? Do you have questions about any of the above? Is there anything with which you disagreed? Why?
2. What from this article would you like to discuss further?
3. What kind of feelings do many non-disabled people have toward those with impairments? Why do you think this is so? How can non-disabled persons ever get to know what a blind or deaf or person confined to a wheel chair thinks and feels?
4. Who is your closest disabled friend? Or, if you are disabled, who is your closest non-disabled friend? How much can you share about your differences and deepest feelings? If you are not disabled, do you think you need a disabled friend?
5. What negative attitudes or obstacles do disabled persons face in your community? Which of these could be removed? How could you begin to do so?
7.Who in the world does NOT need to read this article?

1. This article really speaks for itself in terms of its importance and the neglect shown to those with any kind of impairment. We can thank the BBC for providing us with this vital information. It is important for every community in the world.
2. Many people who live with impairments are forced to live in subcultures (the deaf for instance) or in isolation. Very little youth work is going on in these subcultures or with those who need to be integrated into the mainstream of youth culture.
3. We need more Models of Programs for the various disabled groups.
5.Most important, we all as individuals, and our communities and churches need to understand how we need the full humanity beautifully manifested in those with disabilities HOW TO HELP THE FORGOTEN VOICE-ALBINO volunteer may come with TWAA and carry the responsibilities to teach the community on disable people abuse. you can be able to play with albino and other disable kids to our home or dived by AWITA ARUSHA to the destination where you will play or teach deaf students by signal language. get life experience where you will play a football ground with blind students who are partner with AWITA ARUSHA. VOLUNTEER ALSO CAN DONATE the dis able gears such as wheel trail bicycle, eye lens or any albino protective materials against sunlight or any disable people sport gears or sponsor albino or other disabled orphans for special disabled school .$300 is enough for sponsoring the disable orphans in special school for one year. you may contaCare-Oprhanage
Because our goal is to develop respons                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     D;CARE ORPHANS PROJECTS                                                                     TWAA is aiming to teach, self-reliance skills all orphans around arusha region to become a self relient young adults,AWITA ARUSHA now is working with Jericho orphanage home an orphanage that committed to provide an education for each child we work with. The jerichome children are educated through a variety of programs.AWITA ARUSHA provide some supports to orphans that are orphaneded by HIV

Jerichome supports children in local primary and secondary schools. Because of the often prohibitive expense of going to school as well as the many families who need their children to tend farms and livestock, only 54% of Tanzanian children complete primary school. We sponsor the education of children who live at Jericho orphanage home as well as the children who we have reunited with families in the community.

Many children rescued from a life on the streets have missed considerable amounts of time in their education. It isn’t an option to place them in classes with children their own age who have gone to school continuously. Jerichome, Alternative Education Program provides children with a safe place to study and learn. The teachers at Jericho orphanage home have created a special fast-track curriculum that takes into consideration the unique needs of our kids. Last year, the program was officially registered by the Tanzanian government, which means that our students are able to sit for the same secondary school entrance exams as children who attend state-run schools.

Finally, AWITA ARUSHA  supports older children in vocational training programs. Children learn skills that will unlock opportunities for their futures. They may study carpentry, electrical repair, mechanics, or even traditional art and drumming!
Giving Primary Care
Jericho orphanage home provides a safe and loving home, nutritious meals, and medical care to homeless children in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania. TWAA Also  train orphanage caregivers make sure that each child rescued from the streets is given love and attention as well as important life skills, restoring hope to their lives.

  AWITA ARUSHA Strives hardly to share and make sure The children receive three healthy meals a day. A typical meal is rice and beans with a side of cooked spinach. Many children arrive at Jericho orphanage home malnourished from living on the streets. With good, nutritious food, they quickly become healthy and active.

Medical care is an important service that Jericho orphanage home provides to the children. Jericho orphanage home has a full time nurse who cares for all the children’s medical needs, from bandaging scrapes and bruises to treating more serious illnesses like malaria, TB and HIV. She gives weekly health lessons to the children on topics such as personal hygiene, STDs and nutrition.

There’s a real family atmosphere at Jericho orphanage home, with the older children taking care of the younger ones. Jerichome;s caregivers have created a cheerful, happy place that warmly welcomes children who have faced many hardships in their lives.ct us at kabuyombo@yahoo.com