The recent board meeting decided that this year LGBT Voice Tanzania is only going to implement few achievable and measurable activities while we work on building a strong team that will be able to move forward next year
We were able to complete our capacity building project that benefited 25 LGBT activists from Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar. The training was of importance not only to the activists but to the entire LGBT community in Tanzania because the trained individuals are representatives and coordinators who help our organization to reach more individuals in local communities since we can`t run offices in all districts countrywide.
We are now embarking on supporting our local coordinators and providing available resources so that they can effectively help in solving the most pressing challenges and needs of the LGBT community in their areas.
There is a need of printing advocacy material with scientific facts about homosexuality that will provide understanding knowledge on how and why LGBT people are not criminals and not unnatural people. Homosexuality is criminalized in sections 154-157 of the Tanzanian criminal code, but the translation of this section does not state that being LGBTIQA is a crime. This is exactly what we want our people to know and understand how to defend themselves when their rights are violated based on their gender identity and sex orientation.
Our work faces anti-LGBT opposition and depends entirely on donations to sustain our day-to-day operations. With the COVID-19 pandemic limiting social interaction and creating financial burdens across the country, our ability to fundraise and manage the daily needs of our organization has also been impacted. to keep our organization afloat throughout the next few months and maintain our physical presence countrywide. In particular, we need to cover the immediate cost of sanitary and protective equipment, in addition to our rent and utilities through January. Due to Tanzania's leadership, skepticism toward the COVID-19 pandemic is widespread, and we urgently need face masks and other sanitation products to protect our community and also cover the cost of our rent and utilities through January 2021. As a minority organization advocating on behalf of LGBT people, our landlord is very inflexible, and we must come up with enough money on time to avoid eviction.
Finally we have to cover the cost of our electricity and cellular data bills through January this will allow us to maintain both our physical presence and our online presence, which is essential to our advocacy work and overall visibility.
Thanks for your Continued support