Mwanza Programme Unit
Districts 3 Districts, 55 wards
Sponsored children: 5,300
Plan’s Mwanza programme unit is located in the Mwanza region on the shores of Lake Victoria, the second largest lake in the world. The vast majority of the population depend on agriculture, mainly for subsistence.
Plan works to ensure good health for children and their communities. Plan trains children, their families and communities on good health practices – covering areas such as HIV/Aids, nutrition and disease prevention; builds the capacity of professional and non-professional health workers; distributes subsidised mosquito nets, and construction of health centres.
Plan works to improve children’s learning environment through the Early Childhood Care and Development Education (ECCD) interventions and school improvement programme. Plan has helped construct classrooms and teachers’ offices, provided furniture and equipment, increased awareness of the importance of education, and trained teachers to improve their effectiveness.
Plan’s water and environmental health programmes include drilling boreholes, construction of rain water harvesting systems in schools, building latrines, and providing training in water resource management and sanitation to communities.
Plan supports Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs), which supports people to save and access credit, enabling them to invest in their businesses and provide for their families. Plan supports vocational training centres and provides training in food production, gardening and livestock husbandry.
Plan implements a number of interventions in Mwanza to make sure that the rights of children are understood, respected and realised. These include child rights awareness campaigns and activities, a child rights video magazine project, and the preparation and airing of Jukwaa la Watoto (Children’s Platform) TV and radio programmes.
Our Universal Birth Registration campaign works to increase the number of children with birth certificates so they have official identities and easier access to social services such as education.
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