| Nov 8, 2023
Continuing to protect girls from FGM
Girls at Mugumu safe house learning about GBV
The project of Hope for Girls and women Tanzania has been extremely busy protecting survivors at the safe houses. We are approaching the seasonal cutting as from November to January, Girls started flee from FGM. It is the traditional time when girls become targets for FGM. Hope for Girls is struggling to keep ahead of the families who have the intent to cut their daughters; HGWT’s is struggling to educate, to protect those taken in and to fund the ongoing Safe Houses.
This October there are currently 96 survivors in the at Mugumu Safe House who came to us from serious home and health situations, and being victim of FGM, rape, child marriage and orphan situation.
There are now 74 young girls at the Butiama Safe house. There are many with FGM or in a child marriage and other problem situations. The girls are survivors and are now in our safe hands.
As most of you know Hope for Girls Tanzania is now obligated to operate throughout the year in order to protect these vulnerable girls from FGM practices. Hope For Girl’s aim is to protect the girls from FGM, sexual abuse, family abuse, child marriages and more. Our method is to provide a healthy supportive environment for these children where they can learn productive skills and continue their education.
The Education and Entrepreneurial Program
Just look at the smiles on the children’s faces! Our Houses provide a clean, safe and supportive environment to learn skills and continue education.
Education: There are Primary and Secondary Day Students with programs and educational materials provided. Vocational training, in particular tailoring and knitted sweater making, with machines and material provided for certain girls, is also part of the program as well.
Soap fabrication is an on going activity as well as regular sewing lessons for laptop bags, dresses and more. Beaded bracelet making is an activity that is hoped to provide extra funds for the safe houses through sales of the colorful bracelets. Earrings is a craft activity that the girls LOVE participating in. Earrings will be another item to sell in the market.
Agriculture: Following the growing cycle, the girls have been planting, watering, thinning and harvesting the vegetables throughout the year. Over 50 girls participated in garden work by watering and weeding the container garden during the hot summer months. There was also weeding in the tree nursery at the Matare farm and Butiama garden.
Supporting Our Girls
Reconciliation work: Two girls were reconciled and joined their families yet we received three new girls in our homes. Hope for Girls and Women staff in Tanzania, in collaboration with government officials and officers managed to conduct the reconciliation session meetings between parents and their daughters in various villages in Serengeti and Butiama, There are a total of 169 girls staying to both safe houses by the end of October 2023.
Counseling sessions:Counseling was provided to nearly 90 girls, whereas psychological support was provided to all survivors in both group and individual sessions.
Legal Issues: HGWT team continued to collaborate to work with the Police Gender Desk Office and Social Welfare Officer on the management of ongoing court proceedings of the cases of the victims by ensuring that they get their legal rights. At the Mugumu center there are 7 cases progressing to the court while at Butiama there are 4 cases progressing to the court.
First aid and needed hospital care: Matrons and social welfare support was necessary at the Hope facilities where 3 of the girls were given serious first aid and 14 girls were taken to hospital for more treatment. Three children were admitted to the hospital for additional care.
Hope for Girls and Women Tanzania officially opened Ant GBV club at the Kiabakari secondary school to fight against Female Genital Mutilation, early child marriages and other forms of violence. Students need to be protected from school dropout and from GBV. HGWT formulated 20 school clubs in Serengeti and Butiama to protect girls from GBV and Female Genital mutilation.
HGWT in collaboration with Serengeti district council organized a training on nutritious food which was carried out to various centers and Mugumu safe house. The guest of honor was the assistant District Medical Officer Nyeura Zablon Faustin. Girls at Hope got opportunity for a health checkup for weight, BP, height and sugar; an essential practice for women to become managers of their own good health and self-care.
Opportunity and other News: The Butiama Center received four digital cases as part of the Digital Champions Group gifts. Spread the word: Due to success, there is an active market search to find schools willing to purchase knitted sweaters for their students!
A Special Thanks to Donors
Thank you sincerely for all your support this season. It has been a difficult year to maintain the school on an annual basis financially, emotionally and practically. Your help has been essential to keep us going, so that we can be focusing on the well being of so many girls. We will love it if you share our story to those around you. It will make a huge difference for us.
Giving Day is on Thursday November 28th! Won’t you please join us!
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