Buhoma Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.

Activities

Banking and business groups participated in trainings we offered on entrepreneurship in order to learn new skills which will help generate more income for their businesses and families. We trained farmers on an agricultural method of regeneration that allows them to re-germinate roots and seeds already in their fields and therefore expand their crops. To increase food supplies, we provided the community with 45 new beehives and taught beekeepers about the latest techniques to increase honey production. We provided awareness trainings for community leaders on the importance of girls' education so more girls can attend school. We equipped classrooms with 400 new desks to ease overcrowding in schools. 29 teachers attended training sessions about improved teaching methods and classroom management to help their students succeed. Partnered with the school district to help administrators reduce dropout rates and increase the number of students passing national exams. We registered 205 vulnerable children for primary school who might not otherwise have had access to education. We trained local teams to develop disaster preparedness plans and spread the word in the community about risk reduction measures. 2,153 children were registered for birth certificates after community members learned about the education and protection rights these documents ensure for their children.

Cross-cutting issues

Most Vulnerable Children, Gender, Protection, Disability, Advocacy

Locations

  • Tanzania>Kigoma

Sectors

  • Agriculture
  • Disaster Prevention and Preparedness
  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Education

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