KIWOHEDEs WORK IN SUPPORT OF COMMUNITY AND AUTHORITIES
KIWOHEDE has been involved in the community mobilization campaign against abuse, violence and exploitation of children and youth since her inception. KIWOHEDE has implemented its’ activities in fourteen (19) districts (Arusha, Mbeya urban ,Mbeya rural, Songea, Iringa urban, Iringa rural, Iramba, and Kondoa, Temeke, Ilala, Kinondoni Kigoma Ujiji , Kasulu ,Uvinza Tanga, Handeni, Muheza, Mtwara and Kahama )
KIWOHEDE has done advocacy work and established partnerships with the government, employers, trade unions, NGOs, CBOs community-based institutions, parents, children and the media for the campaign against child abuse, violence and exploitation
The organization has made significant strides in addressing the problem of most vulnerable children especially children involved in CSEC, domestic work, and trafficking in Tanzania; such as consultation with districts and community-level stakeholders, in order to enlist their support and inputs in the planning of interventions, followed by a physical and social mapping activity to demarcate specific locations and communities with high incidence of children in commercial sex. The process is always marked by intensive consultations and rapport-building with local authorities and community leaders. Since its establishment KIWOHEDE has reached directly and rescued 86,000 female children and 14,000 male children ,from abuse and worst forms of child labour a total of 66,000 children have been supported with vocational trainings and skills , 35,000 children equipped with Income generating knowledge and activities and have reintegrate 12,000 children in primary schools,COBET and non formal education ,and 122 were placed in secondary school ( service provision and support exercise sometimes overlapped those who were skilled with vocational trainings also were supported with start up capitals or equipments for income generation).
KIWOHEDE has created 22 counselling centres in 14 districts as a measure of creation of sustainable community structures in the project target communities.. Out of these, 11 counselling centres are still functioning under KIWOHEDE support to date and 11 others were handed over to the community and authorities. Other communities structures established includes the Community Task- Forces which have been established by KIWOHEDE in each ward were we are working with the support of the community leadership to support the implementation of the Action Programme interventions. The task-forces are comprised of community volunteers who assist in popularizing the project activities, and have a “watch-dog” role of pin-pointing child rights violation practices and child abuse perpetrators in the community.
In addition, 56 Community Child Labour Committees have been established by the communities in Mbeya (six wards), Songea (six wards), Dar es salaam (20 wards), Arusha (six wards), Kilolo (six wards), Iramba (six wards) and Kondoa (six wards) following the community sensitization seminars organized by KIWOHEDE. Their overall function is to monitor and control child labour in general in the community and co-ordinate activities with the district child labour co-coordinator. The committee has membership including Ward Councillors, and supports the activities of the Action Programme from a policy perspective, giving recommendations to the district authorities regarding the mainstreaming and integration of child labour issues in the ward and district development plans.
KIWOHEDE has promoted and achieved active collaboration with local government authorities in the target areas. Some municipals; in the past such as Mbeya Council provided a house at Old Sabasaba ground area which KIWOHEDE used to train girls in vocational skills until when it managed to raise funds and built a safe house for its operations AT Ivumwe ward under the Japanese Embassy funds of whom the council recommended . Also the Igawilo ward authority handled over two rooms for girls who graduated in 1999 a place which they still use to date and enlists other girls for training . In Iramba the district council offered 4 community buildings in Shelui, Iguguno, Tulya and Kiomboi for KIWOHEDE to work from: The organisation utilised the premises until when the project ended in 2010 where the buildings and equipments where handled over to the Iramba authority to facilitate continuation of the project and support girls .
Further In Kondoa district they offered 3 buildings which was transformed into training centres one was at Bareko, Pahi and Kondoa town for three years they where returned back to the district authority when the project ended in 2010 . In Iringa rural the district also offered a building for centres in Image, Nzihi but in Ilula in support of with community members we managed to set a building where girls still under go counselling and vocational trainings. Arusha Municipal helped to pay rent for our centre in Arusha for 2009/2010; 2010/2011; 20112012 when the project ended and encouraged us not to close the centre as it serves the purpose. In Songea Municipal, KIWOHEDE was given a top roof at the Fire station house for ten years and moved to Songea primary school,. In Kahama we have recently been given two centres at Shilela and Lunguya primary school for us to renovate and run a centre with to support girls who dropped out of school because of pregnancies this positive collaboration has facilitated smooth running of the project activities . In addition, by-laws have been formulated in 12 wards (loose by laws) to safeguard the rights of children in areas where KIWOHEDE have worked.
KIWOHEDE has supported families of children working or vulnerable to sexual abuse with alternative income opportunities. 1000 Families in 10 districts have been supported with alternative income opportunities since establishment of KIWOHEDE ranging from 100,000-350,000 Tshs. The organization has also provided training and orientation to families on entrepreneurship skills, and linked them with financing groups and institutions for them to able to access funding , and loans from relevant institutions for income generating activities of their choice, as a strategy to increase family income and reduce reliance on child labour.
Through the extensive community - participatory approach on prevention strategies, the organization has used children’s networks, community task forces and the municipal authorities to support the Action Programme. The aforementioned interventions have contributed significantly to the reduction of the incidence of child abuse, violence, labour and exploitation to the targeted areas.
KIWOHEDE is chairing End Child Marriage Network in Africa, Tanzania Branch and is the host institution for the global network to end child prostitution, child pornography and Trafficking for Sexual purposes (ECPAT). KIWOHEDE therefore draws lessons from networks and collaborators and uses her position in the network to further advocate against CSEC and child prostitution at country, regional and global level. KIWOHEDE also uses the networks to mobilize resources to scale up CSEC, Child labour, Child marriage programs in Tanzania. At Country level, KIWOHEDE is a secretariat to Dar es salaam street children alliance, also KIWOHEDE is the member of Tanzania Child Rights Forum and a member in a Children’s Agenda. The aim of children’s Agenda is to promote child rights and advocacy meaning to ‘speak up for children and their rights’ to have coordinated voice to improve lives of children ,and generate changes in policies, practices and attitudes that will make a positive and lasting difference to the lives of children. Its goal extends to promote human rights, social justice and a healthy environment, to further the opportunities for democracy by promoting children and women’s participation influencing decision-makers and supporting systemic changes, the types of decision-makers to suit different development contexts. It has about 45 members across the country and is chaired by the Ministry of Development Gender and Children meets quarterly.