The WOMEDA program identified 5,068 most vulnerable children in Kyerwa whose needs included access to education, inclusive Early Childhood Development (ECD), literacy and numeracy skills, health services, food and nutrition, shelter and care, and legal and protection services. Moreover, the 1,907 most vulnerable households also needed access to income-generating activities due to the high number of needy beneficiaries. In the first phase, the project recruited the 812 most vulnerable children from 12 primary schools. The remaining 4,256 most vulnerable children were left out due to limited financial resources.
WOMEDA allows the identified 812 most vulnerable children to access education through provision of scholastic materials, helping parents/guardians to generate incomes for provision of basic needs, and engaging children in ECD through literacy and numeracy development.
The program is being implemented in Kyerwa District Kagera Region Tanzania, in the ten wards selected as pilot areas, namely Rwabwere, Songambele, Nkwenda, Mabira, Murongo, Kamuli, Rukuraijo, Kaisho , Isingiro and Kimuli Wards respectively.
The WOMEDA program started in 2013. Since then, the program has supported the most vulnerable children by collaborating with parents/guardians, schoolteachers, and volunteers from communities.
The WOMEDA Program addresses the educational gap and provides opportunities which most vulnerable children are unable to access compared to other children from households that earn reasonable incomes. The program is designed to fully engage children, parents/guardians, government leaders and other stakeholders. The program is supporting, linking and facilitating most vulnerable children to enjoy their constitutional right to education by learning different life skills, literacy, numeracy and sports.
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CEI approaches in actionStudent supportIncreasing or sustaining enrollmentLearning materials for studentsParental/community engagement in support of studentsCommunity resourcesInclusive EducationHealth/NutritionLocal language/Mother tongue languageArt & Music
Model details2006Not-for-profitMath/numeracyLiteracySportsHealth/NutritionLocal language/Mother tongue languageArt & MusicActiveLong-term projectPact TanzaniaFirelight Foundation81249%51%
BeneficiariesOrphans and vulnerable children
Scale812 is the total number of most vulnerable children who are fully engaged in literacy and numeracy development clubs (412 boys and 400 girls)10There are 10 teachers volunteering in implementation of the program (7 female and 3 male)1212 Primary Schools actively engage in this program of Early Childhood Development through learning literacy and numeracy development220200 Books distributed, 5 footballs distributed, 5 netballs distributed and 10 jumping ropes distributedMay, 2016
In the year 2012, Women Emancipation and Development Agency (WOMEDA) in collaboaration with Kyerwa District Council, conducted a baseline survey for indentification of most vulnerable children and their needs. The report found that district-wide, all 18 wards had 7,068 most vulnerable children from 1,954 households. They lacked basic necessities and other social services like education (89%), health (100%), shelter and care (85%), legal and protection (72%), pyschosocial (100%), and income generating activities (100%). Since then, WOMEDA has implemented a program which is building the capacities of these most vulnerable households. However, due to high demand of services the program opted to prioritize particular needs, as our program budget could not afford to address all the identified needs with a holistic approach.
As of today, the program has grown gradually from 1,954 households. 110 households are fully involved in income generating activities and are hence able to provide for their 422 most vulnerabale children. It should be noted again that, due to financial constraints, the program has only been implemented in 10 wards with 56 villages. The remaining 10 wards with 61 villages is partly and or rarely served. Moreover, in the said 110 households, members are involved in income generating activities in organized groups of 20 to 25 members. They have been conduncting bi-weekly meetings for learning, sharing and collecting savings from group members, which is then instantly loaned to interested group members. The Self Help Group income generating activities have increased participant's incomes by an average of 32%. This is a remarkable achievement given the fact that group members had nothing to kick-start their businesses with. But slowly, with reasonable momentum, their economic standing is changing for the better. Out of the 110 most vulnerable households, 21 households have graduated from abject poverty level. Considering the success of this program, WOMEDA would like to scale the program up. However, limited funds hinder plans for scale up, which will involve training new groups members on income generating activities, literacy, savings, financial management and group rules/constitution. The good news is that over 95% of most vulnerable children from households participating in this pilot project have joined our ECD program and Literacy and Numeracy Project. This proves, households incomes will eventually support the family to address any forms of economic shocks as well invest in education for their children.
Goal: Improve 1,904 most vulnerable Households Incomes to meet Education and other basic needs of their own most vulnerable Children by 2020 in Kyerwa District.
Plans for scale-up or replication: Once the program receives funds it will take lesssons and experiences learned from the 110 most vulnerable Households by scalling it up to the remaining 1,794 most vulnerable households. The approach will be holistic in terms of increasing and or improving most vulneranle households incomes not by giving them (hand outs/materials) rather by building their capacities finnancial so as to be to continue working on their own while our roles will be provision of required skills and expertise as well as Monitoring and Evaluation of Programs interventions. Based on the existing experiences which evidenced some of most needy Households graduating from abject poverty level the program remains very optmistic.
Monitoring & EvaluationYes
Kindly see the WOMEDA organization Pamoja Tuwalee Progress Implementation Plans (PMP)
(a) Number of Most Vulnerable Children who received any kind of support in the reporting period
(b) Number of Caregivers/Parents trained and or acquired new skills
(c) Number of Households Incomes earned from incomegenerating activities
(d) Number of Children attending in School regularly/ School days.
(e) Number of Children actively engaged in Children Clubs
(f) Number of events/games/shows involved Children
100% Children served in this program are from most vulnerable households, income level is below $1 per day. They live in abject poverty.
Over 81% of enrolled children in this program are attending school regularly.
97% of teachers involved in our program are very active in mentoring, training, managing the most vulnerable children though the Early Childhood Development program and Literacy and Numeracy program.
Over 99% of children from most vulnerable households have been enrolled. This is due to many factors including the program's sensitization sessions and the government's implementations of a Free Primary and Secondary School Education.
The costs per pupil/student is unknown as parents/guardians provide to their children based on one individual household income. The costs are related to school uniforms, scholastic materials, meals and transport. Approximaterly, this cost could be $10 per month.