Dar es Salaam, TANZANIA. At a ceremony at the American Corner in the National Library in Dar es Salaam on September 21, 2018, United States Chargé d’Affaires Dr. Inmi Patterson awarded grants from the U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for HIV/AIDS Relief (AFHR) to 19 community groups and nonprofit organizations from across Tanzania that help people affected by HIV.
The grant recipients applied for the funding – which comes from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) – by responding to a call for proposals to help achieve epidemic control in their local communities. Proposed projects addressed issues faced by people living with HIV, widows, caretakers, and key and vulnerable populations which include orphans and vulnerable children and adolescent girls and young women.
Many of the projects (a complete list is outlined below) will expand income-generating activities – such as oil pressing and poultry farming – to create jobs and raise additional funds for vulnerable members of the community. Other projects will improve conditions at health facilities by providing water tanks, solar electricity, and equipment such as hospital beds and delivery beds. Together, these projects will support economic development, healthcare, and health education in Tanzania.
Each of these projects employs a grassroots approach, whereby local communities identify areas for improvement and come up with their own solutions. The Ambassador’s Fund for HIV/AIDS Relief (AFHR) started in 2009 and has provided grants to 111 community groups in Tanzania. The United States is proud to continue the strong tradition of partnering with these community-based organizations.
The 2018 Ambassador’s Fund for HIV/AIDS Relief (AFHR) awardees:
- African Women AIDS Working Group (AFRIWAG) will expand its brick making business to support people living with HIV and AIDS in Tanga District of Tanga Region.
- Agro-Livestock and Welfare Advancement Rural Environment will construct six rain water harvesting tanks at dispensaries in Kilosa District and Dakawa Morogoro Rural District in Morogoro Region. In Kilosa District, the tanks will be at Magomeni dispensary, Tindiga dispensary and Chanzuru dispensary. In Morogoro Rural District, the tanks will be at Magari dispensary, Tunuguo dispensary, and Bondwa dispensary.
- Alliance for Women, Children and Youths Survivors (AWCYS) will purchase three milling machines and develop maize and cassava milling businesses to help people living with HIV to generate income. This project will be in Muheza District in Tanga Region.
- Anglican Church of Tanzania – Diocese of Lake Rukwa (ACT-DLR) will expand its poultry project by purchasing five chicken incubators for five groups of people living with HIV who support 500 orphans and vulnerable children. The project will be in Mpanda District in Katavi Region.
- The Communication and Information Sharing Group in Wash Emergencies (CIGRO-WASH) will purchase and install a sunflower oil seed pressing machine for two registered groups of 50 people living with HIV/AIDS in Sumbawanga District in Rukwa Region to help them to generate income.
- Conservation of Nature for Survival (CONASU) will install solar panels and water harvesting and storage systems at Kumbulu dispensary and Chanjale dispensary, both in Chajale Ward in Gairo District in Morogoro Region.
- Health Promotion Tanzania (HDT) will construct rain water harvesting and storage systems at five dispensaries in Geita District in Geita Region. These dispensaries are: Kasang’hwa dispensary, Kishinda dispensary, Mwamitilwa dispensary, Nyalwanzaja dispensary, and Nyamwilolelwa dispensary.
- Kijogoo Group for Community Development (KGCD) will install a water tank and chicken incubator at the Mgolole Orphan Center in Morogoro Township District in Morogoro Region.
- Mavuno Village will purchase a greenhouse and expand its beekeeping projects in order to generate income to support the work it does with orphans and vulnerable children in Magu District in Mwanza Region.
- Neema Village will purchase solar hot water heaters for its children’s home, which cares for children who have been abandoned or are particularly at-risk for diseases, such as those who are undernourished or in poor physical condition. Neema Village works in Arusha District of Arusha Region.
- Rural Islands Community Health Initiative (RICHI) is based in Buchosa District in Mwanza Region and will conduct peer health education in villages in rural islands of Lake Victoria. The education will focus on early feeding practices and the prevention of malnutrition and diseases and will target breastfeeding mothers living with HIV/AIDS and orphans and vulnerable children under five years of age.
- Support Women and Orphans in Need (SWONE) will expand its project that trains low-income women, orphans, and people living with HIV on tailoring, embroidery, and entrepreneurship. The organization will purchase five sewing machines, one embroidery machine, and one overlock machine for its training center in Arusha District in Arusha Region.
- Tanzania Data Lab (dLab) will build the capacity of PEPFAR’s implementing partners and stakeholders to use and integrate data, and it will design a dashboard to harmonize data sets from different data sources. The project will be based in Kinondoni District in Dar es Salaam.
- Tanzania League of the Blind will purchase and deliver three delivery beds and ten hospital beds to Sumve District Designated Hospital in Kwimba District in Mwanza Region.
- The Olive Branch for Children will build four compostable pit latrines and two water tanks at The Peace Home, which cares for at-risk children and four public pit latrines in the village center of Mwashota, near Ruaha National Park. It will also purchase saws and sewing machines to expand the curriculum and operations of The Kubini Centre, which provides training in various trades and business development to vulnerable youth including youth living with HIV.
- Thubutu Africa Initiatives (TAI) will renovate and build eight girls’ latrines at Pandagichiza Secondary School, Old Shinyanga Secondary School, and Kizumbi Secondary School, all in Shinyanga District Council in Shinyanga Region. TAI will also train students on sanitation and hygiene management and sexual and reproductive health.
- Tongwa Lishe Group will purchase a peanut butter making machine, oil filter, and peeling machine in order to develop a peanut butter processing business that will raise the incomes of 48 young group members, including 19 people living with HIV and 20 caretakers of 53 orphans in Mpanda District in Katavi Region.
- Women Pro Development Group (WODEG) will purchase eight brick-laying machines for eight small, rural entrepreneurship groups comprised of widows and people living with HIV in Maswa District in Simiyu Region to help them generate income.
- Youth Volunteers Against Risky Behaviors (YOVARIBE) will purchase equipment for a car wash run by people who are recovering from drug abuse and reusable sanitary pads for women who use drugs. The group provides counseling, HIV testing, referrals for HIV treatment, and referrals to methadone centers to help people recover from drug addiction.
To learn more about the Ambassador’s Fund for HIV/AIDS Relief, please visit the PEPFAR Tanzania website (https://tz.usembassy.gov/our-relationship/pepfar/) or contact the PEPFAR Civil Society Outreach Coordinator at PEPFARGrantsDar@state.gov.