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Tanzania Women and Children Welfare Centre (TWCWC)

Tanzania Women and Children Welfare Centre (TWCWC)

TEMEKE, MOSHI RURAL, MKURANGA, Tanzania

SUMMARY OF TWCWC PROJECTS

1. WOMEN LEGAL LITERACY TRAINING PROJECT

TWCWC has conducted legal literacy training on the rights to women and children to more than 28 wards in Temeke, Ilala and  Kinondoni districts. The training sessions has covered specific laws that promote women’s and children’s rights and empowering local government systems. Such lessons include:  Inheritance Laws,  Marriage Act 1971, SOSPA 1998, Land Act ,CEDAW, Children rights with CRC, Counseling and Guidance, Court procedures, Will writing, and other related family laws.

 

The aim of this train was to empower women/widows and protect children/orphans in the community as well as empowering the local government system due to the fact that the local systems has inadequate knowledge on human rights issues related to women and children legal rights.

 

 

2. LEGAL AID PROGRAM - TEMEKE WOMEN LEGAL AID CENTRE

TWCWC feels that, the right to representation does not need to be discriminatory.  It should equally apply to poor men and women, children and old people and everyone in criminal as well as in civil matters.  TWCWC intervention in this area is highly needed in order to provide legal aid to the needy. 

 

TWCWC conducts day-to –day legal aid and counseling sessions at Temeke women Legal Aid Centre located at Chang'ombe ward in Temeke district.  Successful approaches from other centers have been applied in order to make this activity successful. Legal aid centre is specifically providing the following services: Social Counseling to children and  women,  Legal Aid services, Mediation and reconciliation, Coaching clients, conduct home visits, Assists clients in drafting legal documents,  Refer cases to different authorities and other related legal service.  TWCWC offers free legal services to the community members



 

3. TRAINING OF PARALEGALS – CAPACITY BUILDING ON HUMAN RIGHTS TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT LEADERS

Local Government Authority is working hand in hand with TWCWC in identifying people to be trained as paralegals.  The identified candidates are trained to be qualified as paralegals whom will be able to provide legal advice at local level.  The trainees have been selected from ward executive officers, street chairpersons, members of local Baraza, extension officers, women group leaders, religious leaders, teachers and other influential people

 

In Dar es Salaam Region 225 paralegals have been trained by TWCWC . The qualified paralegals are now working as volunteers in their local community offering legal advice, make referral to relevant institution and conduct counseling at low level. Under this project the organization facilitate the establishment of aparalegal units at ward level, this includes:  UYAWEKO WOMEN GROUP in Ukonga ward,  KIWAKIJA, Tandale Paralegal under the   supervision of Ward Tribunal, YOMBO Para Unit in Yombo Vituka ward and Mchikichini Paralegal unit.



4. CHILD PROTECTION AND WELFARE PROGRAM - WITHDRAWAL, PREVENTION AND REHABILITATION OF 2,100 CHILDREN FROM COMMERCIAL SEXUAL EXPLOITATION IN THREE TBP DISTRICTS IN TANZANIA



TWCWC strongly believes in women and children empowerment that is why it has started a number of projects for the welfare of women and children. TWCWC and ILO IPEC 2008/2009/10 work in collaboration with the local government authority in supporting the government of Tanzania campaigning against WFCL. The prevalence of child labour is one of the major development challenges facing Tanzania. Therefore the problem of child labour is likely to get worse, in our community if concerted efforts are not taken to address the plight of these children.

 

 

Achievements under this project:

·         A total of  2,190 children were identified and provided with services

·         1,510 Children prevented from CSEC and provided with scholastic material

·         629 withdrawn provided with scholastic material and enrolled to Vocational Training Centers

·         TWCWC managed to create opportunities to 286 young children to access further vocational training for one year course and secure work opportunities.

·         Star up tools were purchased and distributed to the qualified trained children under the following fields, tailoring, catering, electricity, weaving and carpentry

·         36 Community actors trained as to provide community mobilization, sensitization and work in the areas of identifying children in WFCL and CSEC

·         A total of 60 most vulnerable households were trained in income generating activities and entrepreneurship skills

 

5. WOMEN ECONOMIC – ENTREPRENEURSHIP SKILLS AND REVOLVING LOAN SCHEME


Women economic empowerment is part of human rights foundation as far as Tanzania National Strategy on Poverty reduction - MKUKUTA is concern. The organization intends to improve the social and economic situation of the women and specially widows groups’ households in Temeke District, therefore TWCWC initiate this project and conduct entrepreneurship skills training in promoting income-generating activities to widows economic groups. According to experience women in our community are mainly active in informal sector and usually they bear the main responsibility in their families.


Compared with men they are discriminated by traditions and common laws; as they have little or no control over the means of production; their access to social and economic services is made difficult; in general they have little access to employment in the formal sector. When these women become widow the situation become more complicated in terms of handling their economic life as well as taking care of their children

Under this particular project the organization managed to train 120 women on entrepreneurship skills and giving on site advice to their income generating activities. Hence 60 widows are accessing loan revolving fund for their Income generating activities.



6. HIV/AIDS PROGRAM - SCALING UP VCT SERVICES AND RESPONDING TO THE IMPACT OF HIV AND AIDS IN MOSHI RURAL DISTRICT

·        HIV/AIDS is a major challenge to health and development. It is putting a tremendous burden on health care facilities and is decreasing productivity. Voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) is obviously demonstrated to be a key entry point for HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support. Thus, it became obvious that it was essential to harmonize and improve the current situation of the spread of HIV/AIDS in our communities.

 

·         VCT is increasingly recognized as a central effort to combat the epidemic through prevention and care. Access to ARV therapy is also increasing. Hence % of people who are HIV infected that know their status take advantage of the available therapy thus need for better VCT services. Strategies to promote VCT have focused on increasing access, availability and uptake.

 

  • TWCWC under is operating a VCT Centre located at  HIMO small township in Moshi Rural district. The main activities implemented within TWCWC - VCT include: Counseling and testing, Provide Home Based Care, Provide nutrition supplements to the needy, Provide education support to identified Orphans living with HIV, monitor clients and make referrals to comprehensive care.
  • Notable Achievement: There has been an increase of clients attending TWCWC HIMO VCT  due to the involvement of community leaders in the previous community mobilization, as well as expanded outreach services to the areas  and Provision of human rights support to the VCT clients. Since in September 2008 TWCWC Himo VCT managed to counsel and testing more than 2000 clients and initiate Post Test Clubs now functioning  with 80 members

 

For Further information contact:

Executive Director

Tanzania Women and Children Welfare Centre – TWCWC

Luther House, Sokoine Drive

P.O.BOX 13903

DAR ES SALAAM

TEL: 255 22 2122848

MOB: 0713 333 664

 

EMAIL: edacha2002@yahoo.com and twcwctz@yahoo.co.uk