Care and Empower (nutrition program)
We care for the little ones and empower their guardians/parents.
More than 80% of the people in Tanzania predominantly depend on subsistence agriculture for their living. 40% of households experience food shortages in some months or often. Studies conducted in Tanzania indicate that, 60% of children especially in rural areas do not have full access to food or are reported to eat less than 3 meals per day. U5 mortality in Tanzania is estimated to be 110 per 1000 babies. While U5 Mortality rate due to malnutrition is 160 per 1000 babies. The rate of stunting is about 40% among all children except those who are in least poor households. The major causes of death for U5 is Malaria, Malnutrition and infection (Pneumonia/diarrhoeal. All these diseases affect appetite –food intake as well as body’s use of energy and other nutrients, consequently undermining the child’s nutritional status, threatening death. The common food for infants in Tanzania is porridge (gruel) very few mothers add protein-rich ingredients such as milk, beans, groundnuts, dagaa (dried sardines) or an egg. Notably Children are usually fed the same food that the rest of the family eats. Our special program care and empower provides nutritional support to U5 children’s in remote rural areas focusing on preventing, malnutrition, starvation and stunted growth. We also build the capacity of U5 households by training on good feeding practices for children also a need to help them understand and respond to their children’s nutritional needs and support families to grow nutritious food at home and engage in economic empowerment activities (income generating) so that they can feed, educate and care for their children sustainability.
STEM Girl (Education)
A strategic investment in girls’ education in Tanzania will reap a positive social and economic result that can impact generations within a single family and within communities.
A young girl’s success hinges upon her access to choices and to resources. If she is able to choose to go to school she will then be more apt to learn a skill, become employed, spend her income on her family, invest her savings, act in her own best interests, and benefit from her own achievements.
Girls performance in mathematics and science subjects on Tanzania’s national examinations (primary and secondary levels) during the past five years has, in most cases been below than that of boys.
Studies show that each year of secondary education increases a girl’s potential income by 15 to 25 percent. Evidence also suggests that a young woman with a secondary school education,
• Is less likely to marry as a teenager;
• Will participate in community life and healthy decision-making;
• Will have fewer, healthier children;
• Will encourage education for her own children.
The focus of STEM GIRL program is to produce girls with necessary skills and competencies to meet the technology demands of national development in a technological age, understanding that there is a link between science, technology and development.
We provide education support (school fees, education materials, transport, uniforms) to vulnerable girls who have done well in STEM subjects but are economically disadvantaged and does not have the means to continue with studies a program we hope will stimulate, sensitize and create a health competition between girls in Tanzania
Supporting grandmothers who are taking care of orphanages.
One of the rarely told stories in Tanzania is that of the grandparents who care for children orphaned by AIDS. Research with recent data reveals the enormous burden that orphaning is exerting on the extended family in general grand parents – often grandmothers in particular. Elderly women are among the most vulnerable and marginalized members of the society.
The strain of caring for orphans is telling on female-headed households – many of these households are headed by elderly women often grandmothers, who step in to raise orphans and vulnerable children when their own children sicken and die. Grand mothers care for around 40 per cent of all orphans in Tanzania (UNICEF)
Evidence also show that poverty rates in households with elderly people are up 29 per cent higher than in households without.
On our Bibi Program the focus is: