FCS conducts Joint Visit in Mwanza

Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) together with Development Partners (DPs) and Government Representatives plans to conduct a Joint Monitoring visit to Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) based in Mwanza Region.

The visit will take place on 28th June 2017 and will begin by visiting the Office of the Regional Commissioner of Mwanza and later on visit Wotesawa Young Domestic Workers Organisations. Wotesawa one of FCS grantee implements a project on Developing a Society that is free from Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Harmful Traditions in Mwanza. The project among other things addresses rights for young domestic workers.

 Other organizations which are visited on day one are; Chama Cha Walemavu Tanzania –Ilemela Branch and the Equality for Growth. Chama cha Walemavu Tanzania-Ilemela Brach implements a project on Community Awareness on the Rights of People with Disabilities. This project has enhanced the community on rights of People with Disability and their involvement in development projects.

The Equality for Growth implemented a project on enhancing the role of informal sector in promoting good governance and accountability at local government. This project has increased women participation in market management and leadership in Mwanza Municipality.

On day two the following Organisations are going to be visited: Amani Girls Hope, Ilemela District CSOs Network, and the Kivulini Women’s Rights Organisation. The Amani Girls Hope implements a project on enhancing social accountability and enriched sustainable advancement in Sengerema, through which they have managed to transform the Sengerema District community to practice qualities of good governance through Radio Talk Shows. The Kivulini Women’s Rights Organisation has reached more than 3,490 people (1,665 Male & 1,825 Female) through meetings and dialogues on GBV and the Ilemela District CSOs Network (ILEDISNET) has managed to increase community awareness in attending village meetings in which they get the opportunity to assess public resources expenditures.

The Tanzania League of the Blind - Kwimba will be visited on Day three. The Organisation implements a project on community sensitization on the rights and participation for People with Disability in decision making in public matters.

new organisations selected for Due Diligence 2017

Foundation for Civil Society has released a list of new organisations selected for Due Diligence (follow this link) in response to call for Project Proposals for implementation of Good Governance programme in Tanzania made March 2017. This list includes only successful applicants for only Innovative Grants and Medium Grants. 


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CST: provide equal treatment to all children

The community has been advised to give equal treatment to all children, regardless of their physical or disability status. The Child Support Tanzania (CST) Project Coordinator, Mr. Omoding James, gave the advice when discussing the work that CST is doing in Mbeya Region.

CST is based in Mbeya. It implements the Take all My Friends to School Project. The project focuses on supporting children with disability to access education.

James says CST works hand in hand with the community in order to provide schooling opportunity for children with disabilities. The project is funded by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS). They have managed to increase community awareness on rights for children with disability.

“Some school authorities have begun to change their attitude. They have realized the need to support children with disability. For instance, at Juhudi Primary School, they have built ramps in some classrooms so as to support children with disability. Prior to the implementation of this project, there was no smooth passage to classrooms for children with disability at Iwambi. This is no longer the case. We have increased the number of children with disabilities from 62 to 78 in six schools. Currently the Government, through the Local Government Authority, is supporting programs aimed at assisting children with disability,” he says.

James says prior to the implementing of the project, CST observed that some parents could not afford to take their disabled children  to school due to snags caused by distance and financial considerations. He also observed that some nearby schools did not neither had the capacity nor the teaching tools for accommodating and teaching children with disabilities. As a result, the children stayed home without going to school.

According to James, CST has supported the community to recognize the social and economic impact of stigma on children with disabilities. They have organized seminars for family members, teachers and government officials on facilitating equal and better treatment for children with disabilities.

“Our society must accept change and abandon discriminatory traditions, customs and taboos that stigmatize children with disabilities,” James says and adds, “Stigma has a direct link to poverty, especially in families with children with disabilities.”

 He says that they have seen some parents, and in most cases men, abandon their families simply because their wives have given birth to children with disabilities. He added that there in some cases children with disabilities have been segregated and unequally treated by their own families. He says that once men abandon their families once their spouses give birth to disabled children; it creates a difficult environment for women to manage their day to day lives.

 “Take the example of a mother out there who has failed to go to her farm due to the duty of taking care of her disabled child. When others are producing, she is at home. When her fellow villagers are harvesting, she has nothing to harvest. In the end, her family lives in extreme poverty,” he says.

 “There are many disabled children in this community. Once these are left to interact only with their family members, it limits them the time to engage in economic activities. We need to engage the entire community to support children with disabilities,” he says.

The Regional Commissioner for Mbeya, Honorable Amos Makala, congratulates CST for implementing the project in his region. He says the project works in line with the 5th Government Development plan, which emphasizes education for all. Mr Makala argues that CST has been helping children with disabilities in their schooling, and also by forming children clubs where they teach about children’s rights and equal opportunities in education.

Zedekia Kalisi, is a mother of a child with albinism. She says her life began to be more financially unstable after giving birth to that child. “I used to be engaged in various economic activities. My husband loved me and supported the family financially. I never thought he would abandon us after having this baby,” she says while emphasizing that she has to stop doing most of her economic activities for the sake of just staying at home and taking care of her baby. “I thank CST for this project. It helps to educate people on the impact of stigma on children with disabilities. My child now goes to school. I also get sufficient time to work,” she says.

FCS happy of grantees performance after visit


Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) expects more achievements to be registered through on-going projects which are being implemented throughout the country. These high expectations result from the outcome of the monitoring and support visits undertaken by FCS staff members from 5 to 13 April this year.

The overall reflection of FCS staff members reveals that many grantees have improved both project implementation and results capturing. It has been noted that, some organizations have drastically improved their capacity to manage their grants and are reaping early fruits.

FCS Executive Director Mr. Francis Kiwanga who also visited some grantees, says the overall assessment is an appreciation of the good work which FCS grantees are doing. The Executive Director further reveals that there is a fundamental impact on social economic transformation as a result of grantee operations at grassroots level, although there is still room for greater improvement. He, however, adds that FCS and other stakeholders needed to do more by strengthening the sector and enlivening as it previously used to be.

For his part, FCS Program Manager Francis Uhadi said there was an increase in compliance; and that good results have been attained. Mr Uhadi said, there was a remarkable change in the grantees financial management, and they were expecting to see a few audit queries on funded projects this year. “Generally speaking, there is a pronounced trend on ground, which translates into greater capacity growth of CSO grant management,” he says.

Gesturd  Haule, the FCS Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager, says his department plans to develop a guiding manual on monitoring and evaluation in order to boost FCS grantees ability to capture results. “There are some organisations which have more to report as far as results are concerned. They do less simply because they lack additional monitoring and evaluation skills,” he says. 

LIWOPAC joins fight against childhood pregnancy


Here is a girl, call her Miss X. She looks young and aged less than 18 years.  She is also pregnant. Child pregnancy seems to be a normal occurrence here in Lindi.

I walk closer and ask her about her pregnancy. She looks at me in a doubting manner. It appears she didn’t expect any question from me. After a while, she answers: “I am doing fine.” Miss X is 16 years old. Her real name is Sharifa. She is a resident of Kilwa Masoko in Lindi Region of Southern Tanzania.

Shariffa left school when she was 11 and got married in the same year. Her marriage was short-lived. . The husband chose to escape. There is a Swahili proverb that states: “Something you don’t understand is comparable to total darkness.” Actually, her current pregnancy is not the first one. She already has a two year-old baby at home.

There are many young mothers like Shariffa in Southern Tanzania. It is said that the social environment, culture and traditions are key factors in early marriages and child pregnancy. Poor family management and the quest for wealth by most parents have forced many girls to leave their homes and get married. Some of them are aged less than 18 years.

Godfrey Zambi, the Lindi Regional Commissioner, when asked to comment on the issue, says that child pregnancy and early marriages are caused by irresponsive parenting and poverty. “Families prefer forcing young girls to get married for the sake receiving dowry.”

The local initiation traditions commonly known as jando and unyago also cause early marriages and childhood pregnancy. “Jando and Unyagoceremonies are mainly for youth initiation. During the ceremonies, the youth are trained to control their sexual appetite,” Zambi says, adding that Liwale, Kilwa, Nachingwea and Lindi Rural are districts where the ceremonies are quite common.

There is a scientifically proven fact that child pregnancy, especially for girls aged below 18, can led to the abnormal children and cause deaths of young mothers. Girls aged below 18 are considered immature for reproduction.. Current records show that there were 32 pregnancies of girls aged below 18 years in Lindi in the year 2016. Among them were 13 primary school girls.. "We are working with NGOs based in Lindi to provide education on safe marriages and also engage the society to know problems caused by child pregnancy and early marriages,” the Lindi RC says.

On the other hand, the Lindi Women Paralegal Aid Center (LIPAWOC), which is an FCS grantee, conducts various seminars on women and children rights. The LIPAWOC director, Cosma Bulu, said in an interview with this correspondent that LIPAWOC had identified poverty and poor knowledge of women on reproduction issues as key causes of child pregrancy and early marriages.

Bulu adds that the divorce of parents is yet another factor that leads towards child pregnancy and early marriages. “There is high rate of divorce in this region, which both influences and forces many girls to go for early marriages.


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