Community Mapping Project in Shinyanga
YAWE is among the partners around the global implementing the crowd-sourced mapping project using community volunteers. The project started on January 2018 and it is on progress. The project goal is to put rural Tanzania on the map.
The project is supported by Open Street Map Organization. Through this project, our organization has identified, recruited and trained 10 community volunteers from rural areas of Shinyanga district council on how to map using Smartphone. However, the community volunteers are currently mapping schools, hospitals, roads, buildings and villages and add them into Open Street Map.
The project is helping communities, government authorities and development partners to identify the social services available in rural areas and plan for improvement www.crowd2map.wordpress.com
We are currently looking for partners to support the project by combining community mapping project with HIV/AIDS prevention programs to strengthen linkage, referral and address lost follow ups for clients.
HIV Prevention with Most At Risk Populations Project
This project provides comprehensive, community-based HIV Prevention, Linkage and Retention Services for Key and Vulnerable Populations in two regions across Tanzania including Shinyanga and Simiyu. The goal of the project is to accelerate, expand, and improve the quality of comprehensive community-based HIV prevention services to key and vulnerable populations (KVP) and priority populations (PP) to achieve epidemic control.
KVP include groups with elevated behavioral risk for HIV, comprising of female sex workers (FSW), people who inject drugs (PWID), truck drivers and men who have sex with men (MSM). Priority populations include vulnerable adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) aged 15 to 24 years, motorcycle drivers, small industrial workers and bar and guest workers.
YAWE is collaborating with the Government of Tanzania at regional, district and community levels and collaborates with HIV stakeholders including implementing partners, healthcare providers and community volunteers to deliver services to intended beneficiaries. This project is supported with funding from Doctors with Africa CUAMM through the Test & Treat Project.
Kijana Wajibika SDG 16.7 Project in Shinyanga (on progress)
YAWE is currently working in partnership with Restless Development to implement Kijana Wajibika SDG 16.7 Project in Shinyanga. Kijana Wajibika (youth be responsible) is a new youth-led, data-driven accountability program which aims to place young people particularly young women and people living with disability at the centre of development and governance processes and provide a platform to empower young people to hold their government to account on their commitments.
The Kijana Wajibika will create and open spaces for young people particularly young women and people living with disability, to effectively engage in dynamic community conversations on the quality of service delivery and public resource management, while also working with duty bearers to ensure that they are ready and able to support young people as they speak up for changes in their community .
Through youth-led action research and advocacy, YAWE will give young people the space to collect data, which focuses on specific policy implementation opportunities, form an evidence base to support advocacy both at local and national level.
Waste Management Project in Shinyanga (On progress)
YAWE has partnered with NIPE FAGIO to accelerate waste management project in Shinyanga specifically Shinyanga district council. The project goal is to empower individuals, especially the youth, private sector and government to build lasting change towards turning the towns into a clean and sustainable town, conscious through education of its role on waste management and reduction of pollution (air, water, soil). With this project, YAWE is aspired to see clean, healthy and safe towns.
YAWE will advocate with the government to increase government responsibility on reinforcing current laws and policies; pushing for new laws and policies to foster sustainable development. On the side of private sector: YAWE will work on the identification and creation of business opportunities that focus on new technologies and promote a clean economy; On Best Waste Practices (BWP) education while engages with the community: to raise awareness on the threats of pollution and environmental degradation; to raise awareness on the threats brought by poor waste management for community and ecosystem health; to provide practical education and solutions on waste management to promote positive behavior change.
Keeping School Children Safe in Shinyanga Project (On progress)
The project overall goal is to improve wellbeing of school children to lead healthier and empowered lives. The project is addressing the root causes of child abuse in five primary and secondary schools of Shinyanga district council. The project is empowering school children build solidarity as a result of formed school clubs, peer groups and collective actions to the informed decision making on their rights; and strengthening capacity of teachers, school committees and parents to monitor and manage child abuse cases in school settings.
To achieve the intends outcomes, the project uses various approaches including; strengthening the school clubs to deliver SRHR, child rights, life-skills and self-esteem education sessions among club members. Also, building the capacity of parents, teachers and school board committees to ensure that child protection is integrated and upheld in the school governing systems. This project is funded by WOMEN FUND TAZANIA TRUST-WFT.
Organizational Capacity Strengthening & Development
In December 2021, YAWE secured a new partnership from Pact Tanzania under its Data Driven Advocacy Project (DDA-USAID Project) which seeks to improve and sustain the ability of Tanzanian civil society organizations (CSOs) to influence policy on rights issues through the strategic use of better data and information. Data-Driven Advocacy engages in a wide variety of sectoral issues, including land rights, gender-based violence, education rights, marginalized populations and women and youth.
Data-Driven Advocacy’s approach builds the technical capacity of rights-focused organizations and networks—particularly those led by women or focused on women’s rights—to engage with the Government of Tanzania on priority issues using advocacy methods based on accurate and reliable evidence. This approach is based on the assumption that rights-focused partners will be able to contribute to the development of better, more inclusive policies on key rights issues, if they (1) have technical skills, institutional capacity, and continuous mentorship, (2) can effectively collect, aggregate, analyze, and use appropriate data to build evidence-based campaigns, and (3) have established platforms from which to cooperate and collaborate with diverse stakeholders and government.
With this DDA-USAID Project, YAWE is one of key youth-led organizations in Tanzania benefited much through engagement in organizational capacity development and networking leading to better improvement in its organizational governance and performance. Read more how YAWE has managed to transform its systems and performance under DDA-USAID support; https://www.usaid.gov/tanzania/news/paving-way-youth-led-civil-societies-how-data-driven-advocacy-developing
GUARANTEEING THE FUTURE PROJECT IN BARIADI
Guaranteeing the future project is a twelve-month (September 2022 to August 2023) project aimed at contributing towards “improving nutritional status of children under 5 years in Bariadi district”
The project is implemented in partnership with Doctors with Africa covering 8 wards of Bariadi District council targeting pregnant women, lactating mothers, and caregivers of children under 5 ages as well as men. The project also targets vulnerable households with children who are at risk of or suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Secondary audience includes but not limited to religious and influential leaders, elders, men and as the general population.
The project is expected to improve knowledge on caring practices for infants, young children and women of child-bearing age as necessary component of sustainable efforts to reduce malnutrition.