Mwanza Programme Unit
Targeted districts and communities: 2 districts (Nyamagana and Ilemela), 5 communities
Sponsored children: Around 5,660
Plan Tanzania’s Mwanza Programme Unit is located in the Mwanza region on the shores of Victoria, the second largest lake in the world. The region’s population is estimated to be 2,900,000 people, and nearly 90% of them depend on agriculture, mainly for subsistence.
Since 1994, Plan Tanzania has been working in Mwanza together with children, their families and communities to increase awareness on child rights and ensure their welfare.
We work through partnership with the Mwanza City Council, Heifer International, Kuleana Centre for Children’s Rights, TANESA, Joint Board for Vocational Training, Financial Consultancy Organisation, Butimba Teaching College, and community development associations in Buhongwa, Igogo, Sangabuye, Mkolani and Mkuyuni.
Community health promotion
Plan Tanzania works to ensure the good health of children and communities. We train children, their families and communities in good health practices – covering areas such as HIV and AIDS, nutrition and disease prevention; build the capacity of professional and non-professional health workers; distribute subsidised mosquito nets, and construct and rehabilitate health centres.
Enabling children to learn
We work to improve children’s learning environment through our Early Childhood Care and Development Education (ECCD) interventions and school improvement programme.
Plan has helped contruct classrooms and teachers’ offices, provided furniture and equipment, boosted awareness of the importance of education, and trained teachers to improve their effectiveness.
Water and environmental health
Our water and environmental health programmes include drilling shallow and deep boreholes, constructing domestic and school latrines, and providing training on water resource management and sanitation to children, their families and communities.
Sustainable family livelihoods
To ensure household economic security, Plan Tanzania supports Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs), which help people who typically would not be able to borrow from commercial banks to save and access credit, enabling them to invest in their businesses and provide for their families.
We also support vocational training centres and provide training on food production, gardening and livestock husbandry.
Sauti ya Watoto (Children’s voices)
Plan Tanzania 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. Plan’s Learn Without Fear campaign is also helping to end violence in Mwanza’s schools.
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