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No FGM in Tanzania

by Tanzania Development Trust
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No FGM in Tanzania
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No FGM in Tanzania
No FGM in Tanzania
No FGM in Tanzania
No FGM in Tanzania
No FGM in Tanzania
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Right now we have 95 girls in our care, but the cutting season is starting this week so we are expecting more soon.

We have total of 52 girls staying at Hope Mugumu Safe house, where 16 at VTC class, 7 at day primary school,15 at Secondary government school, where 4 are at boarding secondary school ,4 are at primary boarding ,3 children are not at school, because are waiting to give the testimony to the court. Two young women GBV Survivors received at Hope center and their reconciliation between their families is conducted by Police gender desk/ District social welfare. 2 Girls passed to join form one in 2020. Basic needs such as food and medication provided to girls.

We have the total number of 43 children at Safe Butiama among them 3 are still young kids who are still under special parental care, the remaining number is 40 among them 18 are doing their primary school education, 6 are doing their secondary school education and 13 are doing their vocational training on Tailoring, entrepreneurship skills and other self-reliance activities. Food and other basic needs for girls were provided. 3 girls experienced rape violence, were brought by Police gender desk from Butiama and Bunda District waiting for their cases at the court. 2 Girls passed to join form one in 2020.

Hope Mugumu Safe house has 16 students at VTC, where 5 girls will be graduating on 29th of November 2019. 4 girls their reconciliation was successfully. The following topics were taught to girls such as Batik making, Women Handbag making, laptop bags, soap making for hand wash and toilet soap and cookery. Girls enjoyed cooking pan cake with a help from Shefa from Fourseasons.

Butiama Safe house has 13 students at vocational class. These girls will continue with their studies at vocational class. The following topics were taught-; Drees making, shirt making, batik and soap making. Cookery subject was taught on how to Frying ground nuts, frying chapels, Frying Irish potatoes and Cooking French fries.

HGWT Social welfare officer in collaboration with social worker, police gender desk and district social welfare conducted reconciliation between girls and their parents and succeed 5 girls will be taken back home after their VTC graduation ceremony on 29 of November 2019. 

 

INCOME GENERATING PROJECT  FROM VTC -  HGWT.

Through established income generating project, VTC teachers with girls has managed to make women hand bags, eprons, table mats, toilet and washing soap, batik and embrodery materials.

GARDENING AND AGRICULTURE:

Gardening activities continuing in our garden, we have grown different vegetables, such as spinach, mchicha, onions, tomatoes and watermelon using organic farming. We have grown 2 acters of cassava, sweet potatoes, maize and millet in our new land. 

A GIRL CHILD DAY AND OTHER COMMUNITY INTERVENTION:

Hope for Girls and Women in Tanzania through support from Canadian Embassy Tanzania organized and conducted a girl child day at Kiabakari secondary school, where more than 2800 students participated. Film screening in different villages and schools conducted to create awareness on the effects of FGM.

ENTERPRENEURSHIP TRAINING – WOMEN CONNECT

HGWT through Hope Mugumu Safe house has managed to train 37 members of women and children committee from 37 villages in Serengeti District. The training was officially opened by Serengeti District Executive Director. Hope staff also participated in this special training. Through support from Women Connect TZS 1,920,000 /= will support Microfinance establishment following Wabiya system.  Follow up mapping training was conducted and on how to work with ODK forms to collect data.

We also gave special Mapping training to Masanga staff, Tarime social welfare, Tarime police gender desk and 3 staff from Butiama Safe house on how to use maps to help protect girls.

LAND SURVEY:

Survey work started at Matare village to develop town planning, survey and title at the location where we want to build a permanent Safe House to replace the rented building we are currently using in Mugumu. The plan is already designed and submitted to Serengeti council wait for approval from Council after their meeting plan to take place on 23 and 24th of November 2019.

 

ESTABLISMENT OF KURYA CULTURAL CENTER:

Hope Mugumu Safe house has managed to establish kurya cultural center in order to promote kurya culture which promote women and girl’s rights and protect our community at larger. Through this kurya cultural center we aim at creating awareness to our community and visitors about the effects of traditions and customs which hindering girls and women rights such as FGM, Early child marriages, women battery etc.  In the kurya cultural center we have Hope cultural dance group which help to create awareness to the community about the effects FGM and Gender Based violence to community at larger. Mama Muhabe Marwa is working to this cultural center to explain about kurya traditional tools. Mama Muhabe is one of among 6 cutters who dropped down their tools and stop cutting girls after being sensitized about the effects of FGM and health implications to women and girls. The traditional dance group is motivated well trained, available and ready to work any time to deliver ant FGM messages to community and visitors.

MANY VISITORS VISITED HGWT.

Hope for Girls and Women in Tanzania, through Hope Mugumu Safe house received visitors from Netherland – Nicola and Karin, Sospiter from TCDC, Anifa.M. Said from interland surveyor from Dodoma, Vaineme Marite, Chareen, Rebecca, Gleri from Australia, Millie, Ollie, Jason and Daniel from Fourseasons, Allan Cram and Dan from UK.

SUPPORT AND AIDS:

We have received food and sanitary items aid from Four seasons on 26th October 2019, the items received includes: Rice 100 kg, Beans 100 kg, Maize Flour 100kg, Sugar 50kg, Cooking oil 20 liters, Bar Soap 2 cartons, Body cream 1 dozen, Tooth paste 2 dozen and Pads 5 pc.MrAlan Cram supported Hope Mugumu safe house with 20 buskets and 20 pairs of sandles to Butiama Safe house.

ABOUT FGM SITUATION:

Due to the information’s received from good people whom fight against FGM and gender based violence that have received the secret information’s from traditional leaders, that there will be a very secret cutting to Wairege and bamera. The information received from informers from Serengeti, Butiama and Tarime Districts. From November to December the cutting will start to these 2 kuryan clan when school holiday start. We are ready to receive girls whom will flee from FGM.

CHALLENGES:

The following challenges

  • Water problem

Butiama safe house is facing water problem, where girls have to walk long distance looking for water.

  • School desks is still a challenge, where some students are sitting down at Kyabakari– Butiama District.
  • Funds to support construction of our permanent buildings.
  • One vehicle is a challenge to serve in two districts.
  • Market for our VTC and garden products

WAY FORWARD/FUTURE PLANS:

  • To fund raise for our permanent building construction
  • To fundraise for vehicle, need to different donors.
  • To develop staff training strategy
  • Support and protect girls fee from FGM
  • Conduct community intervention in Butiama and Serengeti
  • Conduct water survey to Matare land
  • Land survey continue work.
  • Support 4 girls to get scholarship to join private secondary school in 2020
  • Conduct graduation for girls completed their VTC skills in November 29.

SUGGESTIONS/RECOMMENDATION:

  • Requesting Fourseasons to support Hope to find market for VTC and gardening products.
  • Welcoming ideas for fundraising to support construction of permanent buildings and VTC from friends, companies, Donors etc.

We thank everyone for their generous support this year and wish you well for the holiday season.

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Primary girls
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Learning to sew

Thank you again for your generosity. Thanks to you we have been able to do the following:

Butiama Safe house: We have the total number of 43 children’s at Safe Butiama among them 3 are still young kids who are still under special parental care, the remaining number is 37 among them 15 are doing their primary school education, 6 are doing their secondary school education and 13 are doing their vocational training on Tailoring, entrepreneurship skills and other self-reliance activities. Food and other basic needs for girls were provided. 3 girls experienced rape violence, were brought by Police gender desk from Butiama and Bunda District waiting for their cases at the court.

Hope Mugumu Safe house: 53 We have the total number of 53 children’s at Safe among them 3 are still young kids who are still under special parental care, the remaining number is 50 among them 10 are doing their primary school education [ 4 are at English Media and 6 are at day Government school, 19 are doing their secondary school education[16 are at day school, 3at ward boarding school and 1 at A level at Geita region and 18 are doing their vocational training -Tailoring, entrepreneurship skills , 5 Hotel management and other self-reliance activities. Food and other basic needs for girls were provided. 2 girls namely Chausiku  from Nyansurura village, Elizabeth from Majimoto village were taken back home after the successful reconciliation.

CAPACITY BUILDING TRAINING:

Hope for Girls and Women in Tanzania participated on the road to Nairobi – committing to Ending FGM in Dar -es -salaam on 28th of September 2019 at UNFPA venue. We had presentation from UNFPA and Government social welfare officer. After presentation group discussions were formed to outline the barriers to end FGM and What should be done to End FGM. 6 NGOs namely ; HGWT, ATFGM Masanga, NAFGEM, HIMD,KIPUNGUNI and ESTL working to End FGM in Tanzania participated.

BALOZI CHARLIE STUART OF EU FAREWELL AND AWARD :

On 28th evening we were invited to an event organised by UNFPA, EU, Canadian Embassy, ICPD25. Participants from Government, Development partners and ambassadors from different embassies attended. It was as special day for saying goodbye to EU Balozi Mr Charlie Stuarts who worked very hard to coordinate to End FGM in Tanzania. Mr Charlie moved from Tanzania since 29th evening to his Home. In the event the Award of Recognition for Excellence in Working towards Ending Female Genital Mutilation [FGM] was given to 6 NGOs and 3 WP from Gender desk were given the award from Serengeti – WP Sijali , others are from Moshi and Manyara.

THE SITUATION AT SERENGETI AND BUTIAMA:

ABOUT FGM SITUATION:

Due to the information’s received from good people whom fight against FGM and gender based violence that have received the secret information’s from traditional leaders, that there will be a very secret cutting to Wairege and few Wakenye to start anytime this September to December 2019. The information received from informers from Serengeti and Butiama Districts.

ABOUT FOOD:

Due to not enough rainfall , the food price is increasing every day. The price for 20 kg of maize was 10,000/= but now is 18,000/= to 20,000. As Hope we decided to buy maize and beans as the costs is increasing high to date. 6400 kg of maize was purchased for the price of 17,500 per 20kg and 1000 kg of beans for 2000 kg.

GARDENING AND AGRICULTURE:

Gardening activities continuing in our garden, we have grown different vegetables, such as spinach, mchicha, onions, tomatoes using organic farming. We have grown 2 acters of cassava and sweet potatoes in our new land.

CHALLENGES:

The following challenges

  • Water problem

Butiama safe house is facing water problem, where girls has to walk long distance looking for water.

  • School desks is still a challenge, where some students are sitting down at Kyabakari– Butiama District.

  • Funds to support construction of our permanent buildings.

GREAT THANKS TO YOU ALL!:

 

 

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Our garden
Rhobi receiving award from EU Ambassador
Rhobi receiving award from EU Ambassador
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Rhobi receiving her award

Dear ‘Friend of Hope’

 

From Rhobi being crowned ‘Queen’ to being taught pioneering anti-FGM practices from the UNFPA, what a busy Spring it has been! As many of you already know, girls are increasingly being cut outside of ‘cutting season’ as members of their family try to evade the local police authorities. Our sources have informed us of many cases where girls are due to be cut in Summer and consequently Spring has been all about preparation.

 

After 3 years of operation, Hope has built a reputation on the ground as a diligent and effective grassroots anti-FGM organisation. We’re incredibly proud of this reputation, but we have dreamt of a more nation-wide presence to raise us much-needed funds and give us a foot in the door with officials who have power to pass real legislation regarding gender based violence. Well it appears that our dreams are being answered as Rhobi was crowned Queen at Cloud Media’s “Queen of 2019” event in Dar Es Salaam. Cloud Media is one of the biggest media companies in Africa and we can’t wait to commence our cooperation programme that will allow us to sustainably expand Hope’s operations.

 

Turning to our long-established partnerships, mid-May Hope attended a UNFPA ‘Capacity Building and Financial Training Day’ to streamline our operations. UNFPA representatives often visit our safe houses with local police gender desk officials and we really appreciate these visits as they help us coordinate more effectively in both saving girls at-risk from FGM and ensuring that they return to a safe environment. Currently, Hope is still housing 92 girls, 88 of which are girls who could not be reconciled with their families because their guardians refused to sign a legal contract promising to not bring harm to the girl.

 Lastly, we’ve really enjoyed seeing the progress being made against FGM at the Women’s Deliver Conference in 2019 with President Kenyatta pledging to bring FGM to an end in Kenya by 2022. Director of Hope’s documentary, Giselle Portenier, spoke passionately about her fight and if you would like to hear her presentation you can do so here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQeUGZHfqLU(1:02:25 mark).

  As always, we thank you for your support of Hope’s safe houses. As an organisation with no consistent donation partner, your help is what allows us to save girls from FGM and we are incredibly grateful.

 Speak soon,

Rhobi

Giselle speaking at Women Deliver
Giselle speaking at Women Deliver

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Girls rescued from FGM at Safe House
Girls rescued from FGM at Safe House

Thanks to your generosity a total of 315 girls were protected in our safe houses [157 Hope centre Mugumu and 158 Butiama Safe house] during the December and January cutting season. Psychosocial counselling was provided to all girls during the seasonal cutting – Through Social welfare officers from District councils in Serengeti and Butiama.

Girls also had an opportunity to learn different topics such as Gender issues, the effects of FGM and other gender violence’s, identification of bad traditions and customs affecting women and girls,’’Kujitambua ‘’Reproductive health, health and hygienic, tuition for primary to and secondary education, also how to read and write to girls whom were note taken to school.

Health check and medication were provided to girls flee from FGM

Basic needs such as food, clothes, sandles, educational materials, mattresses, bed sheets, mosquito nets, pads etc. were provided to girls flee from FGM

Police gender desks from both districts- Butiama and Serengeti supported to rescue girls whom were at risk from their remote villages.

We received support of [Food, hygienic items, clothes and other needs from different friends and our volunteer Marie during the seasonal cutting. 

We still have 81 girls who have not yet been able to be reconciled with their families.  You can read Rhobi's latest report about Hope on their blog here. 

A shorter version of the film shot during December and January 2016, In the Name of Your Daughter was finally shown on the BBC in February.  You can watch it on iplayer in the UK for the next 2 weeks here. 

Counsellor talking to girls at Safe House
Counsellor talking to girls at Safe House
Girls at Safe House learning about FGM
Girls at Safe House learning about FGM

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This cutting season is gearing up to be one of our busiest - we now have 301 girls in our 2 safe houses and Rhobi is preparing to rescue 80 more.  They are expected to remain until January at the earliest, when the long process of reconciliation with their families begins.  They will not be returned until their parents have signed an affadavit promising not to cut them.  This can take multiple, expensive visits.

Girls generally turn up with only the clothes on their back.  Sometimes without even shoes or underwear.

We are in urgent need of funds, particuarly for food.

Your donations will go directly to girls at the safe houses. They will allow us to buy food, sanitary products and educational materials for the young girls escaping FGM.

Just last week, HGWT hosted another screening of the documentary 'In the Name of Your Daughter'. The film screening was at Bwirege primary school in the Butiama District and it led to 3 girls speaking out. They were scared and asked for HGWT's help in escaping their cutting ceremonies.

HGWT is protecting young girl's dreams and saving lives. The safe houses are the only source of sanctuary many of these girls have and resources are spread thin because of the high demand for our help. 

What Rhobi, our founder does is not easy but as an FGM survivor, her passion allows her to transcend any adversities our safe houses have in their way. This season of giving, you can be assured that your donation will go directly to saving girls from FGM.

Thank you, and best wishes for the festive season. 

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