How We Do It
We have an all-inclusive approach to Child Services: by working with children & their parents on the one hand, and communities & local governments, on the other. This allows us to understand local challenges faced by children and their parents in accessing services as well as the challenges local authorities’ service providers’ face in provision of said services.
We Emphasize on Child Participation
The most important lesson we have learnt is to involve children from problem identification to actions and solutions. We have been able to respond to children’s priorities as opposed to adults’ priorities towards children services. When children are at the heart of programming, communities will support your cause and we have enjoyed communities’ support in our project areas. Levels of vulnerability are also contextualized giving special attention to Children Living with Disability, HIV, Child-Headed Households, etc.
We Believe DIALOGUE matters
Our approach to ‘contagious’ topics in our country, such as age of girl’s marriage, FGM, gender equality, etc. is dialogue. These topics often receive mixed reactions from religious and cultural contexts. Available evidence indicates that after decades of campaigns against them, little seems to have changed and early marriages, FGM, etc. continue to enjoy existence. We want to create enabling environment for communities, religious and tribal leaders to engage in dialogues. Respecting each other’s’ view-points but point out the effects, the lifelong effects to the girls undergoing these practices.
- To respond to children in need of care and protection AND voice their concerns to policy and decision-makers
- A Tanzania where all parents are informed about their roles & responsibilities towards children’s right to be heard;
- A Tanzania where all children are free to express themselves; and
- A Tanzania where all communities are proactive in their support towards all children’s growth and development!
- Use of ICT to gather evidence for transparency and accountability
We have learnt, over the past three years that due to citizen’s limited access to public service-delivery-related information, most communities throughout Tanzania are yet to fully understand the working of their government in delivering key public social services such as quality primary and secondary education, free access to health & maternal services offered in all government’s health facilities in Tanzania, they don’t know about availability of subsidies to most vulnerable groups of women and children in every Local Government Authorities (LGAs), just to mention a few.