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MARA WIDOWS DEVELOPMENT GROUP

MARA WIDOWS DEVELOPMENT GROUP

Musoma, Tanzania

PROJECTS

1. Raising Community awareness to realize and value the rights of women, children and people living with HIV/AIDS. This is a project intergrated in other programs during the workshop trainings to Caregivers and families.

2. Conducting workshops with Caregivers and families of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) on psychosocial support education and family based care for vulnerable children. This project is being implemented in Musoma Municipal and is funded by Firelight Foundation of California –USA.

3. Providing revolving loans to Caregivers of OVC to strengthen families and communities to sustain care and support for OVC. The project is being implemented in Musoma Municipal and is funded by Firelight Foundation of California –USA. Following the day to day increase in number of orphans and children affected by HIV/AIDS, it is hard to provide direct material suppport to children. In order to meet the needs of children, their Caregivers are empowered with small business skils training and then given loans to initiate income generating activities in order to increase household incomes enabling them to sustain care and support for children and the family. This has shown improvement because children do access potential needs and are no longer seen as burden to their Caregivers and the family.

4. Promoting indigenous rural community’s knowledge and practices used to conserve the environment and land management. This project is being implemented in the two Divisions of Ngoreme and Ikorongo in Serengeti District and is funded by Tides Foundation – California –USA.

The objectives of this project are: -

  • Empowering indigenous communities to revive, strengthen and preserve traditional and cultural practices used in the past to conserve the land and environment.
  • Promoting indigenous knowledge on the use of simple technology to use an alternative source of energy (fuel saving stoves) to reduce falling of trees.
  • Improving economic wellbeing of communities by supporting them to manage, utilize and control the available resources surrounding them.
  • Promoting indigenous knowledge on the use of simple technology to use an alternative  source of energy (fuel saving stoves) to reduce falling of trees.