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About Kiwohede


1.0. Introduction.

Kiota Women Health and Development Organization (KIWOHEDE) was registered in 1999, .Since her inception, in 1998 has reached a large number of children, girls and young women and the general public including men ..The organization has a Board which comprise seven members including University lecturers, Judge, Communication officer, Private sector, child rights/labour expert, senior government officer, and a reverend, The Board seats three times a year, currently the chairperson is Prof. Hosea Rwegoshora. The main organization office is in Buguruni Malapa House number 22, KIWOHEDE street ,Ilala Municipal , P.O.Box 10127 Dar es salaam, email katri@kiwohede.org , jmwaituka@yahoo.co.uk ,justa.mwaituka@gmail.com .The Current head of the organization is Ms.Justa Mwaituka, who runs the programme with support from 122 staff across the country .Assisted by the Finance and administrative officer Eric Edward Mwamule, Programme Manager , Emmanuel Yohana and Organisation administrator  Eddah Kawalla including other Project staff ,community leaders, members and volunteers/interns and children themselves. KIWOHEDEs work is guided with its constitution, administrative and financial manuals, child safe guarding policy, gender policy, logistic and procurement policies, , organization gender policy and a strategic plan for 2019-2023.The organization produces the annual narrative and financial reports.The organization financial year reckoned from 15th - 31st December.

2.0. Organisation Presence

KIWOHEDE is present in 38 districts in (10 regions) namely .Kilolo-and Iringa DC Iringa (Iringa region) ,Ilemela, Nyamagana, Sengerema, Misungwi ,Magu Ukerewe districts (Mwanza region ) Bariadi Tc , Busega, Maswa, Meatu districts (Simiyu region ) Kishapu,Kahama TC,Msalala,Ushetu districts (Shinyanga region ) Ruangwa, Kilwa districts (Lindi region) Kyela, Mbeya Municipal, Mbeya DC  Mbarali (Mbeya region ) Ubungo, Ilala, Temeke, Kigamboni, and Kinondoni municipals (Dar es Salaam city ) Kigoma Ujiji,Kigoma DC,Kasulu,Kasulu DC,Kibondo and Kakonko (Kigoma) Mtwara Mikindani,Mtwara DC,Masasi TC,Masasi DC (Mtwara) Dodoma (Dodoma City and Kongwa)

3.0. Main areas of Intervention 

· Combating sexual exploitation for children and youth  

· Curb online sexual exploitation and assist victims of Children in Travel and Tourism

· Assist victims of human trafficking and gender based violence

· Promoting rights and protecting child and girls  hazardous domestic work

· Promote education ,against norms and traditions ,prevent teen pregnancies early and forced marriage and assisting young mothers to return to school

· Fighting the rights of Key population such as Female Sex Workers ,Provide Biomedical, structure; support and  HIV/AIDs testing and treatments  to Key population and adolescent girls and young women

· Empowering Young adolescents and girls on puberty, adolescence and menstruation hygiene and management , GBV against Adolescent and Young women and HIV/AIDs (10-14)

· Improving adolescent sexual reproductive health rights  by establishing youth friendly comers services, to reach out to adolescents, young women and other youth  

· Social economic empowerment for adolescent girls and young women 12-18 years

· Increasing opportunity for girls school drop outs to access open distance learning secondary (ODL ) and Vocational Training Skills Education (VTE)

· Engaging girls and widening scope for their leadership skills, empowerment and improve girls civic space, for them to be able to lead their future and engage in leadership roles

4.0. What is the future of Kiwohede?

Implement the five years detailed in the  (KIWOHEDE Strategic Plan 2017-2022)

4.1. Existing Projects

4.1... Combat Sexual Exploitation of Children (SEC)

KIWOHEDE works in Mbeya and Iringa to assist young women who are vulnerable to SEC by providing education, health and establish social economic groups and platforms to assist girls become independent . KIWOHEDE conducted a Research to explore the scope of SEC in Tanzania and the Access to Justice with support from ECPAT International and disseminated the research results in July 2017 at a national conference in Dar es Salaam. A number of 102 participants attended from Government, UN agencies, International NGO, national NGOs, FBOs, Media Local authority and the children. The national conference created a national call to come up with strategies to contribute and integrate SEC issues into a national plan of action (KIWOHEDE is currently working in 8 regions and have generated long term experiences in SEC area to assist victims of child prostitution)

4.2. Campaign Against Teen Pregnancies and  Early and Forced Child Marriages

The KIWOHEDE in collaboration and support from UNFPA, Save the Children International, and Commonwealth Of Learning (COL) aims to intensify early adolescent family planning initiatives and availability of youth friendly Corners in government 23 health facilities in 6 district of Simiyu 3 district of Shinyanga and 2 district of Mwanza for young people and in particular girls to accesses reproductive health services and family planning modern methods and commodities including emergence contraception pills and safe abortions . With support from Commonwealth Of Learning -Canada efforts since last year are to engage girls into, vocational trainings and girls group formation for villages Small Loans Associations in Kilwa and Ruangwa,

With Save the Children International funds -from European Union KIWOHEDE in collaboration with local leader’s parents and young women and children fights traditional norms resulting to early and forced child marriages, establishment of dialogues Tuseme clubs in Shinyanga,Simiyu and Mwanza. The overall goal of the projects is to contribute to improvement of the status of adolescent sexual reproductive health and rights and social economic improvement and social wellbeing

4.3. Protect rights and improve wellbeing of Child Domestic Workers

 Child domestic work is one of the most common and traditional forms of hazardous child labour in Tanzania for young girls and boys. In Tanzania Majority of girls are subjected to child labour facing high levels of violation of human rights, denial of their salaries and working without contracts and employment benefits, KIWOHEDE has opened a victim assistance centers , legal services ,family reunification and fight for their rights and influence change of law and creation of bylaws .The organization worked in Kigoma and Tanga region under Wekeza Program supported by USDOL for 5 years in the consortium of 6 organization’s where we saved some of the refugees children. KIWOHEDE continues to work in Mwanza, Mbeya, Mtwara, Dar es Salaam and Shinyanga with support from TDH –NL and Other partners to protect child domestic workers

4.4. Enhance Youth participation, and empower girls,youth to engage in democracy , development ,leadership and electoral processes

Empowering youth to participate, exercise their leadership , freedom of speech ,to own the democratic community electoral dialogues, processes and to understand, and implement activities that ensures their position in the community , follow-up, monitor election community process related to social and development priorities ,have been the key role of the organization . KIWOHEDE work is designed to support youth to participate and engage in election public affairs, equip them with knowledge which will help them to utilise to improve youth status. KIWOHEDE has acquired observance status from National electoral committee for 2010 and 2015 election processes and plans to participate as well in 2020 as a part of her leadership and good governance and democratic measures

KIWOHEDE  also works in mentoring and training young people in exploring possible careers and assisting with job placements, developing on the job skills including technical skills, modeling youth behaviors, attitudes, and skills in a workplace and providing them with internships and entrepreneurship apprecentiship skills , giving them support, opportunities and guidance to initiate small scale projects to generate revenue and income .The targeted youth are those out of school ,standard seven, Form four and six leavers and those who dropped out of school KIWOHEDE in collaboration with youth has worked on a survey to acquire and explore labor shortages, skills shortage and skills deficiencies in respective district and has created a vocational skill training centers in 23 centers across the country . . 


4.5.Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism

A significant portion of the demand for sex with children in Africa continues to come from child sex offenders who are either domestic, regional and international tourists or persons travelling for work and business. Many African countries have encouraged tourism to attract foreign investment and to fund infrastructure development. A renewed focus on Africa from tourist-sending countries has predictably led to an increase in the risk for children to fall victim to Sexual Exploitation ffor Children in Travel and Tourism(SECTT) no much studies has been done in Africa but ECPAT release a country reports from other countries in Africa, including Ghana, and Zambia which has facilitated our work in Tanzania to adovocate for the course .KIWOHEDE has adopted the goals and mandates of ECPAT International to fight SECTT as ECPAT host in Tanzania .

4.6.Child Abuse Materials and Sexual Abuse of Children Online

Information on the incidence and prevalence of sexual exploitation of children online is generally lacking across Africa. Media reports and the few investigations conducted to date suggest, however, that Africa is no exception when it comes to the production, distribution and possession of child sexual abuse images and to other emerging forms of exploitation online such as the use of sexual selfies/sexting and sextortion there is a wider need for a conclusive study in Tanzania as almost 50% of Tanzanias use mobile phones. KIWOHEDE aspires to engage her self in soliciting funds from various partners to take up an initiative to study and explore the fact about the problem and find means and approaches which would help to curb the problem

4.7. Open Distance Learning Education (ODLE): KIWOHEDE Bunju Multipurpose Center is providing various rehabilitation and trauma reduction, educational and Learning skills, health, social, psychological and empowerment economic trainings, to the children, young mothers and other youth at the center. They include utilization of proper child protection system to identify and rescue vulnerable children, psychosocial counselling, life skills, vocational education trainings, entrepreneurships, information communication and technology family reunification and reintegration, medical services, legal aid, computer literacy and short term shelter for girls who are in crisis and in transition to be reunified or linked with other service providers in the city community and upcountry ,such medical assistance, legal aid ,job placements, and internship .

The education activities and vocational training skills offered at the center aims to improve the standard of life among vulnerable children, youth and young women identified from the extremely poor and disadvantaged families within the communities of Dar es Salaam city and those severely sexually abused, violated and exploited and are in crisis from all over the country .Other activities carried out at the Center include sport and games, and Art therapy, The Center manages crisis, supports girl’s safety and offers skills and long term livelihood alternatives which helps them to better their lives with support from We World and Kiota London 

4.8. Jhpiego – an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University - Supports KIWOHEDE to provide a package of biomedical, behavior and structural HIV prevention and family planning (FP) services to key and vulnerable populations (KVP) (female sex workers, MSM, vulnerable young women aged 15 – 24 years, clients of sex workers and mobile men), in selected “hotspots” in, Mbeya, Kyela districts . This project is supported by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and is designed to support the United Republic of Tanzania’s goal of improved health status through a sustained reduction in new HIV

Infections targeting strategic goal no 3 .

4.9. KIWOHEDE works in urban and rural sanitation projects with a goal to alleviate poverty

 KIWOHEDE works with young women in Dar es salaam ,Mbeya and Iringa to enhance productivity through improved health conditions and a more efficient use of time saved collecting water .The organization established 25 women groups in Dar es salaam to utilized solid waste as an income generation, developed educational materials and booklet as a guide to assist women to utilize skills for their benefits organized hygiene and sanitation trainings to women and young girls, campaigned for the closure of Vingunguti damp site by setting up for petition’s with women and other community member which was presented to the government .Dug 4 deep long wells which are operational to date, created 4 collecting water stations in Mbeya and Iringa from the piped water

4.10. Adolescents Sexual Reproductive Health (ASRH) Project in lake zones for Shinyanga, Simiyu and Mwanza (Girls and boys 10-19 years)

Project with Initiatives to execute activities that are geared to increase the rights to knowledge and access to contraception and family planning and information to reproductive health rights and services among young girls to reduce high incidence of teen pregnancy and child marriages and assist them to attain education, other skills and alternatives to improve their livelihood and wellbeing .Support community initiatives to create awareness on SRH to adolescent, Establish networks for young female adolescents, linked with microcredit and family planning and Sexual Reproductive Youth friendly corners for services, information and Meeting Information Centre’s .KIWOHEDE has constructed 25 Centre’s within the government health facilities, which serves youth with family planning modern methods, video shows and treatments for Sexually transmitted diseases and test for HIV .Improved communication and advocacy packages designed for community members to support the uptake of FP services among adolescents, Evidenced-based advocacy and policy dialogue to influence Knowledge Attitude and Practice towards increased access to SRH information and services among adolescent girls Establishment of support groups in awareness ,peer educators , Community Based Family Planning Distributors, Girls networks, Weekly radio programs, training of Radio young reporters and listener’s groups to in and out of school adolescent girls linked with income generating activities

5.0. Public Private Partnership

KIWOHEDE works closely with other national supportive structures such as most vulnerable child committees and child protection teams through Ministry of Health Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children , ant trafficking in persons secretariat at the Ministry of Home Affairs , child labor unit Prime Minister’s Office -Ministry of Labour , national and international networks, private sector, FBOs, communities and Donors as an instrumental to KIWOHEDEs local and international partnership activities.

KIWOHEDE as a longtime partner to a government (Through the MOU 2010-2015, 2017-2022 ), UN agencies UNICEF,ILO, IOM, UNDP, UNHCR, and lately (5 years 2016-2020 UNFPA ) Embassies, Private sector ,Trade unions, Employers Local and International NGOs and Councils/Authorities in the country ,the organization has been able to fulfill her goals and mission to oversee the society which is free from violence abuse and exploitation . The Executive Director of the Organization currently seats in the Board of ECPAT International, is also in a national consultative  technical group for USAID Programs  in Tanzania ,Is also in the technical working group to review the law of NGO act 2002 for NACONGO

6.0. Methodologies Used to Implement Project Activities

· The methodology and approach is to use multiple approaches to engage and work in collaboration with key duty bearers and stakeholders at all levels ( sub village, village, ward, district and at national level ) to reach out to the children and girls ,youth, men and general public in the , community and government supportive structures to mobilise support  and resources

· Advocacy through national conferences, community dialogue and ,sensitization and trainings to primary and secondary target beneficiaries in the targeted project areas at street, village, ward, district region and national level

·  Provide vocational skills trainings, provide start-up  capital and initial grants inputs, to adolescent girls and young women, to assist them create their own independent projects to generate their revenue

· Organise workshops on child, youth and women rights, gender based violence parenting skills, training on self-help groups and improve strategies to cash transfers, and household poverty reduction.

· Strategically organize community and national campaigns against a tabled thematic priority ( Vulnerable and child headed family, Child prostitution, child labor, child trafficking and child marriage HIV/AIDs among AGYW )

· Engaging in various research to explore the scope and magnitude of problems in regards to the primary themes which  KIWOHEDE under take

· Media use to advocate and promote rights of children ,girls, youth and young women through Community radios  ,drama, local traditional dance, and community household  partnership through door to door visit to seek their support and work together to  protect children vulnerability

· Services provision for disadvantaged communities, youth and children, in and out of school including quick Identification, Rehabilitation, Recovery and Reintegration of children, youth  and girls in crisis

· Referrals and Networking with local and international organization

· Record keeping and developing best practices booklets and use of educative materials such ( video, films, T-shirts, Leaflets, posters, stickers, wall paints, billboards ) and expand awareness raising among target beneficiaries

· Integrate all programme activities into existing community structures and into wards and district government plans and adopting the National action plan for Violence against women and children ( 2017-2018- 2021-2022)

· Mobilise young girls for social economic empowerment groups ,establish worthy economic groups and village savings and loans associations and cash transfer (train, assist ,monitor and help them to register their groups legally )

7.0. Activities

The main organization activities varies from time to time for the year 2017-2018 has been to establish, refurbish and construct shelter and psychosocial counselling drop in centers, vocational training education centers. 

· Establish ,construct youth friendly corner’s at government health facilities to increase awareness raising for adolescent sexual reproductive health and family planning for girls and young women (25)

· Initiate radio programs in regards to the rights of young women sexuality and prevention of gender based violence and traditional norms,

· Train radio school young reporters and listener’s groupsamong youth 

· Establish Tuseme child rights school clubs in primary and secondary schools

· Establish girls’ social economic empowerment self-help groups to girls and young women who are vulnerable to Gender based violence, HIV/STI, teen pregnancies and child marriages

· Strengthen child protection community committees at ward-level

· Organize parents parenting skills sessions on child and youth welfare through community dialogues and poverty reduction.

· Initiate HIV /AIDs prevention and engage male partners community advisory Aids advocacy clubs,

· Establish Open Distance Learning Education classes (ODL) to support girls who dropped out of school and those who, needs secondary education, and life skills

· Open digital

· Assist girls to register economic gaining groups for them to raise their income

· Support adolescent girls,youth and young women to use digital Technology to advance their lives through established community

· Cash transfer to vulnerable adolescent girls aged 15- 24 years

· Legal aid services for disadvantaged women

· Family reintegration and reunification

· Provision of primary and secondary education to disadvantaged children and youth and School utilities support

· Increase Child participation through Tuseme clubs

· Support establishment of worthy groups, and village saving and loans associations

10.0. Conclusion

KIWOHEDE for 2 decades is placing young people at the forefront of change and development and in particular young girls for 80% and boys for 20% thus, in seeking to achieve its mission, implements programmes that mobilises and empowers young people in rural and urban areas to make informed decisions about issues affecting their lives and those of their communities and take up initiatives to learn skills that will help them to attain knowledge and skills and explore their own careers In partnership with the Government and sector ministries including district authorities. KIWOHEDE has reached a large number of disadvantaged children, youth and young women with campaigns against child marriage, trafficking, labour, sexual exploitation of children,gender based violence , promotion sexual reproductive health, and alternatives giving through education vocational skills, economic empowerment ,career guidance, including business creation for youth from time to time have worked with Norwegian Peoples AID, CUSO, UNICEF, Save the Children International, UNDP, ILO, UNFPA, UNHCR, WB, IMF, IOM, US Embassy, French Embassy, Belgium Embassy Stifting Norman Foundation, OAK Foundation, IRC, FHI, PACT, WE World, USAID, Terre’s des Hommes, (Swiss/NL) WeWorld, Jhpiego and Engender Health, also has strong links with KIOTA LONDON and proved eligibility and strong partnership of which mostly are still in touch to date

For more information:


Justa Mwaituka
Kiota for Women’s Health and Development Organization

P.O. Box 10127
Dar Es Salaam- Tanzania
Tel: 255-51-2861111

Email: katri@kiwohede.org




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