The Children Care Development Organization (CCDO) project of “YouthSparks and Employability Creation has been implemented along Iringa district of Iringa Region in Tanzania by training unemployed youths coming from destitute families in which poverty is vivid. The implemented project objectives were to increase household income, reduce malnutrition in children and improve living conditions along Iringa districts and isolated communities of Nduli and Mkimbizi areas, cut of their sources of employment and social services, through the empowerment of youth as wage-earners and the creation of jobs. Other objectives were to provide youth with vocational training in tailoring, managerial and technical capacity building to enable them to run a business, provide youth with basic equipment to start a job and support them to become organized in community based working units of effectively manage and run their businesses, establish youth associations in tailoring, cultural heritage business, and ICT to represent youth’s interests, provide them with technical, administrative and logistical support and promote their products in the formal market.Activities Carried OutA series of meetings with direct and indirect beneficiaries were conducted at community level. At the very beginning of the project - preparation stage- CCDO outsourced experienced staffs staff to carry out field visits and meet with direct and indirect beneficiaries in the field. The Project Manager, together with other CCDO staff, conducted meetings with local councils, community-based organizations, women’s centres, community leaders, and women activists. The field meetings with beneficiaries were designed so as to survey and target each village in the cluster in order to present the idea of the project and involve local communities in the process of selecting participants according to the criteria identified in the project. During such meetings, beneficiaries were offered complete information about the project’s goals and objective. Moreover, such meetings strengthened the cooperation with governmental bodies like the Ministry of Local Authorities, which later sent a letter of support to CCDO indicating its appreciation of the project’s contribution to poverty reduction and the generation of income for needy families. 64 Participants were exposed to training techniques mainly designed to develop their skills and performance in Tailoring, cultural heritage and ICT entrepreneurship skills. Training topics set out to meet their training needs and to overcome their difficulties. The training was comprehensive and included all necessary topics in the mentioned subjects. After sewing training, women became able to sew clothes for themselves and their families. Others managed to sew clothes for their community, as illustrated by the example of some women that went on to design and sew school uniforms and bridegroom dresses. As a result of the training courses, committees of five participants that involve the most active participants were elected at the end of the training. The five participants, who represent their villages, were expected to take part in the coming project activities and, as active members of the general assembly of the, youth’s associations were planned to be established by the end of the project. Project staff conducted a series of meetings with the committees to clarify their roles in future project activities with CCDO. They will take part in capacity building training in the field of management, networking, marketing and fundraising. They will be the members of CCDO Change Agent aiming to organize youth and to identify their priorities and meet their needs.Expected Results (a) Targeted youth have developed skills in tailoring, cultural heritage and ICT skills matching standards to satisfy market demands, as well as managerial and technical capacities to run a business(b) Targeted youth have been provided with equipment and, organised in community-based working units which cover all fields of production and marketing, are able to effectively manage their businesses; (c) Two CCDO Change Agent associations have been established and have taken over the overall management of the working units representing their interests, offering them technical and administrative support and marketing their products; (d) Businesses have been established, are sustainable and generate a basic income for the families of the beneficiaries. Challenges Despite the achieved mentioned objectives above, many youth participants requested to be supported sewing machines after the end of their training for their self-employment sustainability. This is a serious challenge for CCDO management on how to raise money for purchasing sewing machines for our loved most vulnerable youth living under poverty and unemployment. The donated money would help us to buy 20 sewing machines if this project is supported by donors. While the others said that, they want to be supported small revolving soft loans fund for manufacturing traditional bamboo cultural heritage products so as to be engaged into informal sector business for tourism business ventures.
Children Care Development Organization is very happy to acknowledge and appreciate all donors who donated their funds to our project of YouthSparks & Employability Creation Project. Their donation helped us to train 231 unemployed street youth on cloth making fashion and design where now they are getting money through making and selling batik including welding clothes, making welding cards, making sweeter for school children. They also was trained on entrepreneurship skills relating to ICT business activities where many of them has been employed in self business activities as such burning CDs, recording music, making business invitation cards, secretarial activities, binding research documents and photocopying different types of educational materials. While, we offered also small enterprises business activities relating to horticulture (tomatoes, onions, vegetables etc) and other business activities relating to small shops, groceries and poultry keeping.
However, as we the Organization we are still facing a problem on how to obtain enough funds that could enable us to reach a large number of unemployed youth who are in street and they don’t have any support from their surrounding environments. If we could be empowered, we could managed to extend more availability of small capital to those formed 23 youth groups and enable us to provide a small revolving soft loans fund and meet our objectives to reach a target of 9300 identified unemployed street youth within the Iringa Municipality of Iringa Region in Tanzania. Therefore, we still request your humanely small donation to us.
The YouthSparks and Employability Creation Project report is intended to thank all global donors who participated fully to support us and allow meeting our project objectives being are; to have many unemployed youth being employed because of the employability skills acquired from the training, to have many small business enterprises being setup by the unemployed youth because of possession of entrepreneurship skills, the capacity of the youth with small and medium sized enterprises to deliver professional and high quality services and products strengthened, youth empowered with sales and marketing and good decision making skills to market their products and services effectively, a database driven website developed to add more learning material and also allow youth to lodge in their experiences after the training.
This project has managed to reduce youth poverty through practical ICT solutions based on employability creation and youth opportunities since the project was a community of practice and knowledge exchange online resource developed by and for the CCDO youth dedicated to: (i) connecting and sharing knowledge, experiences, and lessons learned; and (ii) exchanging the latest resources, jobs, and funding opportunities impacting the Tanzanian young people.
In this project we achieved various outcomes where many youth have been trained on how to use internet services to market their agricultural and wood crafts made products, they trained on the need of entrepreneurship skills based on their potential inherent resources and how to utilize them accordingly to their environments, youth was trained on better practices of small enterprises business and business management practices while 83 youth have been employed in different projects initiated by our Iringa Municipal Council.
However, the CCDO believes that if this project will be supported and donated automatically more youth will be empowered and let them to shift from criminal and unsafe business activities to better way of doing things for their future life improvement and our community at large. They will become our resourceful to our global world and productive to our Nations as whole. Therefore, we still need your global donation to our project irrespectively your biases, culture, jealous, races, tribalism, political differences, identity and nationality.
Children Care Development Organization (CCDO) is involved in capacity building of rural poor women and youth group and extension of Revolving fund to them. We help the poor rural communities help themselves. The overall objective of this project was to empower women to fight against poverty and HIV/AIDS and enable them involve fully in development activities to meet the millennium development goals before the year 2025. Where the specific objectives of the project was to empower women and young girls economically and educationally to enable them participate in development activities, initiate the community to advocate for support and education of girls, to increase the enrollment of girls in the school, to change the life of poor women and their families through revolving fund provision and empower their households economically.
The raised money enabled us to conduct community mobilization workshop for different community members within Iringa District of Iringa Region in Tanzania and forming/strengthening harmful traditional practices avoiding committee at all levels of government structure, educational support to poor in school girls where 10 most vulnerable girls benefited school fees amounting 60$ for each student and to make the total cost to be 600$, we provided micro-credit revolving fund to 90 formed microfinance groups in each group obtained 1000$ while each group is made up with 6 women, we also formed 2 VICOBA groups which are made up with 30 members for each group and to make the total number of VICOBAs to be 60 members and each group was provided a start up capital amounting at 500$ as a revolving fund and to make the total amounting of 1000$ for all two VICOBAs groups.
Project Contribution to the Reduction of Women Unemployment Crisis
This project has contributed to reduce the women unemployment activities and now they are busy and supportive to their AIDS families’ households as result many women are coming daily at our CCDO offices to ask our services for membership application since registration for membership is free from charge. Many supported women are engaging them in different income generating activities as such handcraft tourism products, glossaries, hotels, selling old clothes, food ventures, cafe and M-PESA/ TIGO PESA / AIRTEL PESA business activities including small horticultural businesses. Therefore, the project has employed 812 women in different microfinance activities within a period of 5 months.
The project has achieved to inspire the management of Iringa Municipality to offer free 2 plots of land for the establishment of satellite conservation centres within Iringa Municipality and 1 plot of land within Ruaha National Park. The established cultural heritage and satellite conservation centres shall be considered as a future sustainable cash flow for CCDO microfinance project since we have inspired the Government of Tanzania to assist this project of capacity building and women empowerment in Tanzania after realizing the rigidity of external donors to support us financially. We have participated in rural identification, collection and management of cultural heritage resources, we designed educational programs to raise attention to preserve the culture and conserve biodiversity in this landscape, we conducted participatory village survey to identify cultural heritage products for tourism exportation products made by CCDO microfinance groups, we provided training on hotel and hospitality management and other related entrepreneurship business skills so as to employ many women in these tourism industry sector for more jobs creation and enable them to send their girls in schools with full school kits equipment.
Children Care Development Organization is still facing various problems that are caused due to the low level of technology based on online money donation to our project from our clients within the country, and lack of financial capital since many donors are reluctant to assist us as we are serving the group of people living with HIV/AIDS and most vulnerable children coming from their helpless and AIDS families due to their stigmatization to people living with HIV. Because many donors has shown interest to help people who are well-off and not coming from poor rural marginalized households like CCDO where we have a serious burden of having a large number of most vulnerable orphans who depend on our little resources we have for education and feeding them. It was identified that many donors are saying that they are helping poor while practically are not.
It was recommended that CCDO project has great impact to the transformation of community mindset from ways of doing business to modernized microfinance revolving fund towards to the poverty alleviation, job creation and HIV /AIDS prevention strategies if donors are willing to donate their funds in this project.
Children Care Development Organization (CCDO) project of “Capacity Building and Empowerment Project to Tanzanian women was aimed at empowering, building and increasing the capacity of economically active poor women and youth by providing them with training is business and management skills and providing them with the Revolving Fund. The Community Based Women Empowerment project focused on identifying women's needs and problems, and how they are reflected on there lives as well as the lives of their families and children. Women's groups have been formed in which they are provided with the funds.
Since we joined with GlobalGiving, we worked to mobilize rural Tanzanian women’s living with HIV/AIDS and those who are coming in poor marginalized families by giving hope through introduction of entrepreneurial knowledge transfer and skills based on their identified small business needs as such selling tomatoes, onions, making soaps, groceries shops, vegetables, food venture, garners and environmental cleaning around Iringa municipality, tailoring, making handcraft goods for tourist coming at Ruaha National Park, Mkwawa Museums, Kalenga and Isimila site.
The training involved practical skills on how to reduce women poverty through practical entrepreneur training based on business management skills, leadership skills, micro-credit scheme and revolving fund provision where loans are offered for 5% interest just to make them to satisfy their households needs and let them to send their orphans at school but equipped with school scholastic school materials in order to help them to study in conducive environment for their studies well-being.
The project managed to train women to escape from prostitution business as their sources of earning income through increasing women’s awareness on good governance and project management skills.
On 08 June, 2013 we invited the Minister of Community Development, Gender and Children honourable Sophia Simba (MP)of the United Republic of Tanzania to come to launch our project of increasing women awareness on good governance in Tanzania where she promised to be the Organization Patron and to work to support fund for our project of capacity building and women empowerment in Tanzania while the Executive Director of Iringa Municipal she also promised to support fund for the development of this project since our CCDO women are real entitled in this needy but we lack financial support from donors.
The Minister Sophia Simba (MP) promised to work to promote our products made by our CCDO women by inviting us to attend for international exhibition marketing within and outside of our nation. She suggested that women should be more vocal to raise their issues and present their problems in getting access to market and finance. She said, in order to succeed in entrepreneurship development an entrepreneur needs a mentor. She emphasized for building networks.
She used her time to thank the management of Global Giving Organization through their openness in doing their activities in terms of transparency in helping poorest communities living under poverty and hunger and enable them to empower economically and socially. The recorded DVD about this statement will be sent to you after completion of report compilation.
We also managed to form 86 women groups and each group consists of 8 women and to make a total of 688 women members of our organization.
Children Care Development Organization has managed to promote our image and networking with our Government. The Government is real appreciate our roles and responsibilities of supporting Tanzanian misery children and women’s in practical sense and our work is recognized by the community itself and our friends who supported us as such EuropaBook, World Computer Exchange, Computers 4 Africa, Government, African Women Development Fund (AWDF). This is because every work we do, we make a report with attached vivid examples as such TV Scripts, TV documentary, and DVD for openness and transparency.
We managed to lobby our Government to establish Children Tourist hotel centers at Ruaha National Park and Kitulo National Park within Iringa and Njombe Regions of Tanzania with partnership from Tumaini University at Iringa, Iringa Regional Commissioner’s Office, Iringa Municipal Council, University of Goettingen from Germany, National Museum of Tanzania, and Germany University under European Union Development Fund support through the project of “Cultural Heritage Conservation, Tourism and Sustainable Development in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania” where the CCDO Will support the development and implementation of community training programmes. Provides expertise in community outreach and empowerment including the management of artisan group formation and cultural tourism micro-credit programme and to promote entrepreneurial knowledge transfer to all local communities around those National Parks and provide soft loans to marginalized communities so as to fight with their poverty in practical sense and be able to promote their local technology, local made products, and protect their sources of water. Therefore, your support to us in this stage is highly appreciated and reorganized.
We still face various challenges due to the lack of enough capital to afford to assist of all our members since on April we worked to sensitize the local community we work with to raise money and they accepted our campaign. Income tax was reported as the challenge to us in compared to our previous expectation we had before.
The CCDO management is still request the management of Global Giving Organization to take our challenge as an opportunity to consider by giving us a start up capital so as to enable us to meet our objectives of reducing poverty to our poorest marginalized Tanzanian women’s living with HIV/AIDS and ignorance through practical entrepreneurial capacity building, revolving soft loans provision, and empowerment training and knowledge transfer. Such money can assist us to conduct training, provide revolving fund, and workshops.
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