SUCCESS STORIES

1: Women and youth economic support through entrepreneurship training and micro financing. Since September 2014 KASODEFO has managed to help about 213 women through small and bigger loans scheme. More than 700 women and youth have been trained on entrepreneurship and products making skills. In partnership with Wabia network this initiative has changed lives of many families. Families including single mothers, widows and women living with HIV/AIDS have manged to sustain their families, covering medical costs and sending their children to school. Now the scheme is extending to provision of loans to male youth under support from the Government of Tanzania under the youth fund. 

A story from Mama Marium Simba

Miriam Simba, is 42 years old. She started up her business in 2014 when she was one of the pioneers of knitting shops in Maswa making school uniforms (sweaters) and other knitted garments. When almost all other knitting firms collapsed in Maswa, Bi. Miriam Simba  continued to run her business successful after getting entrepreneurship and marketing skills from KASODEFO training before and after getting Bibi loan. She managed to open her personal account and make saving hence used her savings and Mama loan from KASODEFO to expand her business. She is now possessing new knitting machines and able to buy knitting and sewing materials from Mwanza. Mirium is now expanding her service and able to sell her products in almost all commercial and auction centers in Maswa. She is employing youth who are going with the products to the auction markets in the interior of Maswa. She also supplies her products to other shops in Maswa town. Mirium has reported to make a profit of more than  380,000/= per month.


2: Human rights campaign and legal aid. In the area of human rights, KASODEFO has succeeded to establish its Legal aid center in Maswa district giving legal aid by using our trained Paralegals and legal officers. For example, the year 2015 we trained our own 5 Paralegals and supported more than 120 community members through legal aid, court representation and legal documentation. Legal and human rights education has been given through publications, public sensitization meetings, audio/visual (cinema) as well as advocacy and intervention. With that, communities members have been sensitized led to decrease of extreme gender based violence include the killings of elder women in Maswa district. 


3: Social Behavior Change Communication Program under funding from Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Program (JHCCP) through Tanzania Communication and Development Center (TCDC). In this project we cover the whole district (Maswa) based on five areas namely HIV/AIDS, Malaria, TB, Family planning, Maternal and Child Health. We have trained Community Change Agents (CCAs) who are working as voluntary health workers for community sensitization and demand creation in all 36 wards and 120 villages (two from each village) of the Maswa district. Since September  2015, more than 30,000 community members have been reached. About 700 people have been voluntary counseled and tests for HIV and Malaria (MRDT used) in our community sensitization events since September 2015. 

4: Vocational training in Computer application and IT.  More than 200 youth from rural and urban areas of the Maswa have been completed the training. Most of them have engaged in different activities including self employment and being employed in stationary shops, internet cafĂ©, filling stations, etc.

5: CAPACITY BUILDING OF THE ORGANIZATION 
KASODEFO has implemented the capacity building project which was fully  funded by The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS), Tanzania. This project had three major activities. Two of them were basically for capacity building of the organization and one is for HIV/AIDS prevention to Secondary and college students in Maswa district. 
By this project KASODEFO has trained his member and leaders (2014) on;
i. Organization management and administration
ii. Principles of Organization good governance/leadership
iii. Project design and coordination

Under the same funding, secondary and college students on were trained on HIV/AIDS prevention and control. Hence they acquired understanding and skills of making informed decision in regards to avoid HIV/AIDS. 



6: KASODEFO has carried out a research work on "Maswa town culture, Barmaids’ knowledge of HIV/AIDS and the justifications they give for having sex with multiple customers”. This study has reveled the risky what the Barmaids have basing on the increase of new HIV infection in Maswa district. Most of the Barmaids are unconscious of the risk and possibility of getting HIV when they have unsafe sex (i.e. without taking protection measures) with multiple customers in the bars and lodges they are working. 
7: HIV/AIDS PROGRAMME

In response to the increase of new HIV infections and raise of HIV prevalence in Maswa district, Kawiye Social Development Foundation has launched a programme of disseminating HIV/AIDS education to primary school pupils, secondary school and college students, and youth out of schools. The aim is to enable them to have knowledge and understanding on the major ways of HIV infection, and necessary skills for protecting oneself from HIV infection.

This has been the main concern of our organization to put more efforts to sensitize this population group than the other because statistics shows that this age group is in higher risk than the other ones. Our goal is to see this targeted population is making informed choices with regard to avoid HIV/AIDS.

To make this goal effective, our staff and volunteers have a scheduled rotation of visiting different primary and secondary schools, colleges and youth gangs where the talk and teach them about HIV/AIDS.

The Executive director listening to a primary school pupil explaining about the impact of HIV/AIDS on academic performance of primary school pupils
The facilitator explaining to the pupils the measures of preventing oneself from HIV infection 

 The  Executive director and the pupils singing a song of comfort to those living and have been affected by HIV/AIDS. 

8: ORGANIZATION DEVELOPMENT TRAINING
KASODEFO has succeeded to attend the Organization Development (OD) training held at Mbezi Garden Hotel (Dar es salaam) commenced on 18th to 22nd Nov 2013. This training is conducted by The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) in collaboration with the Tanzania Council for Social Development (TACOSODE). 
The Executive Director with other trainees at Mbezi Garden Hotel (Tuesday, Nov 19 2013) attending OD training 



The Executive Director of KASODEFO with other trainees and officers from Tanzania Council for Social development (TACOSODE) at Mbezi Garden Hotel (in front of The Conference hall, Nov 21st)
 
KASODEFO has launched the promotion of human rights in Maswa district by integrating youth to champion and participate in promotion of human rights. The project started by involving and integrating secondary school students and later on to youth out of school. 
Currently, the Executive Committee is visiting secondary schools to conduct discussions and debates on human rights and forming "Youth for Human Rights Groups"
In this photo, the Executive Director is with the students of Nyalikungu Secondary School (after the discussion) in Maswa town.

KASODEFO has been qualified to attend project coordination training         commenced  on 23-27/09/2013 (DODOMA, New Dodoma hotel ) and eventually to receive capacity building grant from the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS). 
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KASOFEFO PARTICIPATED IN PUBLIC VIEWS COLLECTION FOR THE NEW CONSTITUTION OF TANZANIA
In collaboration with the Maswa Non-governmental Organizations Network (MASWANGONET), KASODEFO has effectively participated in the event (public dialogue) of collectiing puplic views and opinions to be considered in the on going process of writing new constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania. This event was held at Maswa district Council's hall on 21st January 2013, and in Malampaka township (Community Folk Development College's Hall) on 23rd January 2013. this exercise was sponsored by The Foundation For Civil Society (FCS Tanzania).
Among other things, attendants proposed the following
  1. The president has given more power and authority hence should be reduced.
  2. There should a full article concerning demands and welfare of the youths.
  3. The head of Justice i.e. the Chief Justice  (one of the pillars of the government) should not be appointed by the president
  4. There should be a limit for the number of the ministries of the government
  5. The constitution should change the philosophy of the nation because it is no longer "Socialism and self reliance"
  6. All religious matters should be left to the religion concern and the government should continue to be secular
  7. Education system of the country should be  stated by the constitution so as to control the prevailing tendency of frequently changing of education syllabuses in the country.  
  8. All contract deals with exploitation of the national natural resources should pass to the parliament for approval
  9. There should be the constitutional measures upon the irresponsible citizens representatives like Members of parliament.
  10. The constitution should set the limit of the national debt, etc.
 The Executive Director of KASODEFO presenting a topic on history and development of the constitution of Tanzania from colonial era to date

In these photos, community members are giving out their views to be included in the new constitution of Tanzania.

KASODEFO PARTICIPATED IN THE PUBLIC DIALOGUE ON CLIMATE CHANGE
 In collaboration with the Maswa Non-Governmental Organizations Network (MASWANGONET), KASODEFO has participated in organization of the public dialogue on CLIMATE CHANGE which was sponsored by the Foundation for Civil Society Tanzania. The aim of this dialogue was to provide a platform for different stakeholders to address and discuss the impact of Climate change basing on the root cause and strategies to combat the problem. The dialogue took place on 28th May, 2013.
District wise, deforestation was identified as the serious environmental predicament caused by overgrazing, shifting cultivation and tree cutting for charcoal making. It was proposed that, innovation of alternative sources of energy and    modern agriculture may contribute ducmuch in sthe problem as well as more eduction in envionmental conservation, afforestation, etc. 
The Executive director of KASODEFO  analyzing the real situation of environmental degradation in Maswa district where pastoralism is a leading cause of environmental degradation in the district.

KASODEFO LISTENS TO THE DEMANDS OF THE COMMUNITY WE SERVE
In order to understand  the real needs and demands of the community we serve, we are using to carry out different field studies in all sectors we are working with. Currently, studies have been made on,
1. Agriculture
2. HIV/AIDS
3. Market potentiality for entrepreneurship business in Maswa district
4. Impact of gender based violence, discrimination and segregation in Maswa pastoral society. 
 
Executive Director interviewing women in Lalago village,  Maswa East

Community members of Lalago, Malampaka and N'haya villages have realized the role of women in local government leadership.
In this photo, pastoral elders listening to the educator on importance of involving women in decisions making organs in Mbalagani village, Maswa district.

Women can now attend public village meetings. Basing on the Sukuma tradition, it was strictly prohibited for the women to appear and talk before men or in public gathering.

 These are women attending the public meeting in N'haya village, Nun'hu division-Maswa. 

  
KASODEFO has increased efforts in   serving the street and other marginalized children
The Executive Director and the Volunteering staff team  talking with the street children around the town


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