Dar es Salaam, TANZANIA. United States Chargé d’Affaires Inmi Patterson awarded grants from the U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for HIV/AIDS Relief (AFHR) to 18 community groups and nonprofit organizations that work to help people affected by HIV at a ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam on September 6, 2017.
The grant recipients applied for the funding – which comes from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) – by proposing projects that will help achieve epidemic control in their local communities by focusing on people living with HIV, widows, caretakers, and key and vulnerable populations, including orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and adolescent girls and young women.
Many of the projects, listed below, seek to improve access to clean water, sanitation, electricity, and other necessities at schools and health facilities. Other projects will expand income-generating activities – such as milling and bricklaying – to create jobs and raise additional funds for vulnerable members of the community. Together, these projects will support education, healthcare, and economic development in Tanzania.
Each of these projects demonstrates an exemplary grassroots, bottom-up approach, in which local communities identify their own problems and come up with their own solutions. The United States is proud to partner with these Tanzanian problem-solvers.
The Ambassador’s Fund for HIV/AIDS Relief (AFHR) started in 2009 and has previously provided grants to 93 community groups in Tanzania. This program continues the strong tradition of U.S.-Tanzania citizen partnership.
To request more information, please call the U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam Press Office at Tel: +255 22 229-4000 or email: DPO@state.gov.
The 2017 Ambassador’s Fund for HIV/AIDS Relief (AFHR) awardees:
- Amenity Nonprofit Charity Organization (ANCO) will construct a water tank at Nyansha Primary School in Kasulu District in Kigoma Region.
- Association of Rare Blood Donor (ARBD) will purchase and install 50 hospital beds and mattresses, 25 delivery beds, and 25 bedside lockers to improve service delivery at the maternity wards of ten health centers in the Kalambo, Nkasi, and Sumbawanga Districts in Rukwa Region.
- Charity Organization will improve its existing aquaculture project that supports dozens of people living with HIV in Kigangama Village in Magu District in Mwanza Region.
- Community Development Mission of Tanzania (CDMT) will construct pit latrines containing five holes at three primary schools – Seuta, Msomela, and Masatu – in Handeni District in Tanga Region.
- Ebeneza Group will purchase tools and machines to use in a carpentry course for young people including OVC and people living with HIV in Shinyanga District in Shinyanga Region.
- Health Promotion Tanzania (HDT) saw that some pregnant women seeking to deliver their babies in a clinical setting were being turned away from facilities that lacked proper placenta disposal facilities and latrines, thus forcing them to seek delivery services as distant facilities. To address that problem, Health Promotion Tanzania (HDT) will construct a placenta disposal pit and rain water harvest system at Kirushya Dispensary and Murubanga Dispensary in Ngara District in Kagera Region. They will also construct pit latrines with four holes at Kirushya Dispensary.
- Hope Community Development will purchase and install solar panels at the Amani Medical Clinic and Dr. John Chacha Secondary School and Institute of Leadership in Tarime District in Mara Region.
- Kagera Women Environmental Society (KAWESO) will purchase and install a brick-making machine that will benefit hundreds of people who lack shelter, including people living with HIV, widows, and their families in Muleba District in Kagera Region.
- KIEMA Group will construct fourteen toilet pits at Rubihizi Primary School in Kibondo District in Kigoma Region.
- Kimwani Women Empowerment and Social Development (KIMWESO) will construct pit latrines with ten stances at both the Mbanju primary school and Njenga primary school in Masasi District in Mtwara Region.
- Kwetu Faraja will purchase and install a rice milling machine and oil press to generate additional funds for its children’s home for OVC in Sengerema District in Mwanza Region.
- Linda Children’s Foundation will build latrines with six holes at its English medium school in Kifaru Village in Mwanga District in Kilimanjaro Region.
- Sustainable Hub for Policy Initiatives (SHPI) will purchase and install a flour mill that will directly benefit people living with HIV, widows, and OVC in Kiabakari in Butiama District in Mara Region.
- Tanzania HIV/AIDS Dunia Elimu Yangu (THADEY) will purchase sewing machines and supplies needed to conduct a tailoring course to benefit adolescent girls, young women, widows, and people living with HIV in Picha ya Ndege in Kibaha District in Pwani Region.
- Tanzania Youth Health and Development Organization (TAYOHADO) will construct six rainwater collecting tanks to benefit schools and people affected by HIV in Sabasaba in Tarime District in Mara Region.
- Tumaini La Maisha Tanzania will develop a database of pediatric cancer patients, including those who also have HIV. The database will connect data from Muhimbili National Hospital, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, Sengerema Hospital, Bugando Medical Centre, Mbeya referral hospital, Dodoma University Hospital, and Mnazi Mmoja Hospital in Zanzibar. Tumaini La Maisha Tanzania is based at Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam.
- WOCHIVI will construct a rain water harvesting system and six pit latrines at Olkereyan primary school in Moshono Ward in Arumeru District in Arusha Region.
- Women of Vision (WOV) will construct pit latrines with ten stances at two primary schools in Mikindani District in Mtwara Region.
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.