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Research and Advocacy Department
VISION: A community of women and children who access, generate and use accurate knowledge, information and data in solving daily, economic, health, justice and development issues.
MISSION: To conduct extensive research, aiming at stimulating amplify the voices of women and children’s development and rights.

The Research and Advocacy Department was established with purpose to conduct research in areas affecting women, children and youth in social justice, culture, political rights and participation and economic development. The department closely cooperation with local government, communities, religion leader and Local traditional leaders they have succeeded in conducting research in different Region in Tanzania based in zone like Dar es Salaam (HQ), Dodoma, Manyara, Mara and Kigoma
(Based in Kibondo). Moreover the department has been capable to apply and conduct consultancy works relying on gender analysis of the Tanzania land sector the case of Dodoma, Iringa, Morogoro, Manyara and Arusha. Another consultancy work was based in Iringa, Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Unguja and Pemba, the department was required to conduct gender analysis and audit.

CAPACITY BUILDING

Building capacity of key actors in the area of women and children empowerment; child protection, survival and development; gender mainstreaming; strengthening women’s and children’s voices in development.

TRAINING
On rights of women (Gender Based Discrimination and GBV, Entrepreneurship, Support Systems and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) and children (Child Labour, Early Marriage and Education) Environmental governance and climate change, food security, Gender and Governance, human rights and children’s rights..

CHILDREN’S RIGHTS DEPARTMENT SUMMARY.

Who we are.

Ekama Development Foundation deals with protection, promotion of the rights of children and prevention of violence against children. The department, works close with children in and out of school. The department works with children between the ages of 9 – 17 years. Since 2013, the department has initiated different programs to enhance rights of children, participation and advocacy towards oppressing behaviors, attitudes and cultural practices.

Our Focus/Aim.

We thrive on increasing children’s capacity to prevent and respond to violence against children (VAC) through awareness raising, training and workshops.

Specific Objectives.

  • To increase children’s awareness on their rights (legal and constitutional)
  • To improve children’s knowledge on the types and extent of violence against children and its consequences
  • To build capacity with information on available service providers for response to violence against children
  • To develop children’s skills in and out of schools to improved health, confidence and self-realization
  • To promote children participation in allied platforms as a mechanism for promoting their rights.

Our Programs/what we do

We deliver knowledge, skills through child-related interventions at the following areas;

School Related Programs

  • This department has developed effective child safeguarding policy for internal staff members, education institution, religious institutions and other key actors. The policy is child right centered observing the best interests of a child which is mainstreamed into all EDF programs.
  • The department has established children clubs (Violence Prevention Clubs) within schools that supports children to meet, share and air their opinions, challenges especially on violence occurring to children while at school. These school clubs plays a major role as platforms for children to voice, visualize and report cases on violence against children occurring at household and community level.
  • Training for teachers. The department builds skills and knowledge with teachers (heads of school and the club supervisors) in prevention of violence against children in order to influence changes of practices that affects children’s physical and mental ability. The department also supports facilitation of internal learning capacities for other staff within school institutions
  • Strengthening participation of children through international and national events, forums, in promoting child rights

The department collaborates with other departments and networks within and outside the organization in working on child affairs and welfare of children in Tanzania.

Women Empowerment in Politics and Leadership
Gender department is a one of the six departments found at Ekama Development Foundation, which serves a purpose of Empowering Women through raising awareness, social dialogues, capacity building. In collaboration with the research department which as conducted various finding on the area of Gender-based violence (GBV), Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH), limited participation of women in political and public life, Entrepreneurship, the dominant tradition culture (Women inheritance and Ownership of Properties), exclusion of women from peace tables, financial systems that perpetuate their discrimination, and lack of access to education and poor retention of girls in schools has been the main focus on the department.
To promote equal participation in political issues, the department on July 2018 to 2nd August 2019, introduced regional campaign. The program had 30 women participants from political parties in the country registered under the law and has representation in Parliament, i.e CHADEMA, CCM, CUF, and NCCR MAGEUZI and ACT WAZALENDO. The age of participants was from 20 years of age and below 40 years of age.
The program involved different trainings from different facilitators covering different aspects including, Dr. Matrona Kabyemelwa, training on media and public speaking which was trained by Mr. Rashid Kejo and program Mentor and Head of the Program was led Professor Mwesiga Baregu. Mr. Edwin Mugambila and program Mentor and Head of the Program was led Professor Mwesiga Baregu.
Compatible with political training for young women by engaging successful women in the fields of politics as mentors (women Leaders) such as Halima James Mdee (CHADEMA politician and Member of Parliament for Kawe), Ester Amos Bulaya is a Tanzanian CCM then CHADEMA politician and Member of Parliament from 2010-2015 with Speacal Seat, then Bunda constituency since 2010. The programme during its establishment to its finality was sponsored by EDF.

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• As the result of these training some women politician like Anna Mboya from NCCR Mageuzi is Chairperson a of women nation level ,Catherine Semhandois the secretary general of women ACT Wazalendo at National level and Dotto Nyerenda the District Administrative Secretary in Lindi District under Chama Chama Mapinduzi (CCM).
• Two women who participated in the political program at EDF had contested during local government election, which was done in 24th November 2019, both participants are from CCM and one woman among the contestants won to be local government member. Ms. Nuru Ipembe was able to win the category of member of the local government, but the other contestant Ms. Mwanaisha A. Maarifa was not selected even on the internal political party selection, she said that “the reason of me not to be selected was because I already had the position in the political party which makes me not to be considered as the contestant but I really wanted to contest for the better position whereby I will freely helping the community”.

Impact from the trainings
• From other political parties who participated in the training such as one of the member from CHADEMA Ms. Violate Sanga said “I really wish I could contest for the chairperson but I do not have enough money which will support me from my campaigns but if I get support from anyone or EDF I will be able to contest for the coming election”.
• From other parties they did get chances to even being nominated in their parties also others are waiting for the general election and wish to contest for the bigger positions.

Graduation Ceremony

The graduation ceremony of 30 women who participated in the program held on 2nd August 2019. Graduates were awarded certificate of participation.

At the end of the programme; participants were;
i. gained adequate knowledge on politics and their rights to participate in political activities
ii. Trained on skills of contesting in high level political posts and deploy political technicalities during the election’s rallies.
iii. Gained profound knowledge of their political rights granted under different international instruments such CEDAW and ICCPR and the general concept of human rights specifically to the issues pertaining touching their political lives.
iv. Explored their inner the leadership talents.

Way forward for the year 2020
• Increase the number of political parties in the training
• Increase the number of topics which will be realistic to the women and the politics area
• Use the former participants to upsurge desire to the new participants in political issues as they see the other can be experienced and able to talk confidently in front of others.

Women Empowerment in Entrepreneurship
In September 2019 the Gender department organized a three days training on the entrepreneurship skills to women groups from the groups which we work closely with which are Mshikamano A and B, Annex A and B, Umoja Federation, Twende Pamoja, Bughdad Women Against Poverty (BUWAPO), Malezi Group, Wakukamata, Morning Flower, Tumaini Hissa and Tupendane Bughdad. This Training Was Conducted for Three Days at The Offices of Ekama Development Foundation. 32 Representatives From 13 Women Groups Participated in The Training. Mr. Cyprian facilitated the training but he mostly acted as the facilitator and let the women group’s uses his guides and do the practical work such as in making laundry soap and the washroom soap. The training involved, soap making, petroleum jerry, batiki, baking and decoration, making liquid cleaning soap, poultry and fish ponds? In addition, women were taught saving and access to credit.

Training duration
The training was implemented from 11th September to 13th September 2019. It was the Training of trainers; participants of this training were required to teach their colleague in their Groups, after the training being completed.

Challenges faced
• The training was held on few days, which led to low understanding of other session to women due to the limitation of time
• The training of poultry and fish farming were shortly taught, the trainees didn’t understand were due to time frame.
• Training location was a challenge to the trainees, where the trainees mostly were late due to the transport disturbances mostly of the trainees are from Mbagala, Kigamboni and Temeke.

Feedback from the trainees

• Most of the trainees were so excited for the training because it will helped them increase income in their groups, such as the group of BUWAPO are now making the liquid soap and laundry soap and sell to their neighbors are friends where by every group member must sell minimum of ten soaps the money earn they use it to expand their business and increase more income and the Tupendane group also they make washroom soaps and sell among themselves so every member of the group is required to buy the soap and the money flows in the group, also other groups such as the Malezi group is so much interested in baking and the training helped them a lot now they are baking cakes and sell, also they get orders in different ceremonies such as birthdays, the Mshikamano group are sewing the hand carpet also sell to the different peoples which also help to increase person capital but other groups did don’t practice any of the training due to the problems which faced in their groups.

Built Capacity on Positive Parenting
In September 30 to October 5th 2019 and in 31st October 2019, project officers from child rights department and gender and women empowerment conducted training to 112 women and 4 men from women groups on positive parenting to 6 women groups namely; Hamasika group, Twende pamoja, Buwapo, Mshikamano A, Mshikamano B and Tumaini Hissa. Bughudadi Women against Poverty, Buwapo, Umoja Federation, Mwanzo Mgumu Women Group Twende Pamoja and Mtongani Unguja Women Group. The visits focused on positive parenting so as to remind the women and insist them in positive parenting which is more secured to them and especially to their children future, the training was about sharing the knowledge practically to their fellow group members and also the group members were required to share the knowledge to other people so that they can also be aware on the positive parenting and save their children from violence.

Training New Women Groups from Kinondoni Municipal on Entrepreneurship Skills
From October 2019 EDF obtained 75 new women groups from Kinondoni District which are Kiguza group, Shika Neno group, Manyema group, Mushroom group, Tandahimba group, Makamge group, Hamasa group, Mkombozi group, Kombwewe group, Mshikamano Kagera, Towelo group, Kihesa group, Tulivyo Pamoja roup, Umoja ni Nguvu group, Dira ya Vijana group. The aim was to provide training to the women on gender-based violence, violence against children, positive parenting, entrepreneurship, laws, self-awareness, and counseling, and linking women in market for their small businesses. At the end of trainings, the number of women who are self-empowered and build women capacity socially and economically were increased, also women became more confidence while engaging in income generating activities.

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Sponsorship depertment Background

EKAMA Development Foundation has been implementing a sponsorship programme since 2016, the programme supports 100 public primary school pupils, in ten schools in Temeke and Kigamboni Districts, Dar es Salaam Tanzania. According to a research study that EKAMA Development Foundation undertook in 2015, Temeke and Kigamboni are lowest income areas with high poverty rates in Dar Es Salaam. The rate of violence against children is also quite high. The study reveals that; there is high prevalence of poverty in households whereby households are struggling and failed to provide three basic meals to their children. The situation leads to children school drop outs and retention, consequently failures of children to have an equal opportunity to acquire free education in public primary schools.

The 2016 implemented sponsorship programme is governed by the sponsorship policy (SERA YA KUFADHILI WANAFUNZI WANAOISHI KATIKA MAZINGIRA MAGUMU). The policy was developed by EDF and sponsored school administrations. From 2016 to date the policy remained to be the primary document guiding the manner and mode of implementing sponsorship program including how the selection of vulnerable children is done. The programme was implemented following the 2015 baseline study on prevalence of violence against children due to some of parents are unable to work because of old age, physical disabilities, as well as victims of HIV/AIDS in Temeke District. The study which was conducted by EDF revealed high levels of violence committed to children in Temeke and Kigamboni which in turn affected their attendance and retention in schools. Part of the reason for absenteeism and drop out was due to children lacking basic necessities to enable them attend classes. These included, meals, exercise books, uniforms, shoes, stationery and health insurance.

The 2015 study further revealed, while students were absent from school, they became vulnerable to sexual abuse, drug abuse, teen violence, teen pregnancy, exploitation and neglect. Unfortunately, some of their parents/guardians, are not able to fulfil children needs and school expenses regardless of the free education for all children in pupil primary schools, which is provided under the Circular 5 of the Education and Training Policy 2014.
The free education policy includes the removal of all forms of fees and contributions. However, whilst most fees are covered, including exam fees, some indirect costs still remain for example: for school uniforms and learning materials such in general and health insurance. The 2015 study revealed that; parents/ guardins are either not working because old age, sickness, or are in single parenthood, polygamy or due to poverty.
In view of the above challenges Ekama Development Foundation designed sponsorship programme where children could be supported, the programme aimed at contributing some of school equipment and school uniforms, stationaries as well as to cover for health insurance. The initiatives help parents to manage additional costs, as well as to enable vulnerable children attend school.

How we started
On year 2016 we started by supporting one girl from Kizinga Primary school known who was in need of support to continue with her high-level studies at Ifakara Girls secondary school located at Kilombero district at Morogoro. She was living with her sick Mother (HIV) who was unable to work and support her own daughter and the father abandoned them.
We managed to cover for her school fees and uniforms together with all stationaries and pocket money since she was at boarding school. We supported her for two years until she completed her higher education taking arts subjects.
She graduated on 2017 with division one (1) and applied for Universities whereby we guided her to choose the university courses to apply and she managed to be admitted at the university of Dar es salaam. During the process her mother passed away living her alone with her young brother.
She managed all and proceeded with her university education and lucky enough she was among the students who received loan from the loan board and support her own brother to go to school. She is on second year now proceeding with her studies.
“If not for Ekama to support me on my advanced School Studies I would have not reached were I am, I recognize the support and help the organization offered to me for the whole two years and I have managed to join the University of Dar Es Salaam. I am grateful and believe one day I will be of help to others” Anna said.

According to that success, in 2017 we started the Sponsorship programme by selecting one hundred children (100) from ten schools selecting ten (10) children per school. Children were selected by the school teachers involving the local authorities for certainty of selecting the most vulnerable children.
Objectives of The Sponsorship Programme
The main objective of the sponsorship programme is to provide an opportunity to vulnerable children to benefit from education and health services with the aim of breaking the poverty generation. Through this programme sponsored students will acquire better education, are being prevented from violence, and have improved social and economic development.

We were very happy and pleased to understand among the one hundred children (100) selected, twelve (12) of them completed standard seven on 2017 and passed their final exams.

 


M&E DEPARTMENT SUMMARY

The monitoring process involves the generation and supply of data and information on the progress made in the implementation process of the project/programme.
The evaluation involves the process of determining the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and impact of the project/programme in the society.
M& E department is one among the 8 departments of EDF namely research and advocacy, child rights department, Gender department, Finance, IT and support department, HR and sponsorship department, where the M&E department enters every department. It was officially established in the January 2020. This was due to the great need of the M&E department officers to take over all ongoing field activities so as to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of the projects taken by Ekama development foundation.
The M&E department has played a vital role ensuring that EDF projects are monitored and evaluated effectively. Apart from monitoring and evaluating EDF projects, the department has been searching and applying external call for evaluations and proposals form other NGOs. Also preparation of concept notes which are to be conducted in Tanzania mainland, Zanzibar and outside the country.
Achievements
By the year 2020 the department has managed to monitor the progress of the project(a community based approach in preventing violence against children in schools, community and families), women entrepreneurship empowerment program and sponsorship project. Moreover the department has successfully conducted the documentation of these projects by analyzing findings, challenges, good practices and recommendations. (the documents are attached below)

THE M&E DEPARTMENT
The M&E department is an interdependent department that contributes in every other departments of the organization by dealing with every project’s field work that is to be undertaken by those departments.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF M&E OFFICERS
1. Implementation of monitoring and evaluation for all projects undertaken by the organizational departments, the M&E department has undertaken several evaluations in the organization such as;
i. Child department’s project.

ii. Gender department (empowerment of women).

iii. Sponsorship department.

2. Analyzing and Documentation of the project’s effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability.
3. Attempting to calls for evaluations by other organizations in Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar.

Photos captured during field works by M&E officers;

Photo of students answering questionnaires at Temeke primary school.

The M&E department has played a vital role ensuring that EDF projects are monitored and evaluated effectively. Apart from monitoring and evaluating EDF projects, the department has been searching and applying external call for evaluations and proposals form other NGOs. Also preparation of concept notes which are to be conducted in Tanzania mainland, Zanzibar and outside the country.
Achievements
By the year 2020 the department has managed to monitor the progress of the project(a community based approach in preventing violence against children in schools, community and families), women entrepreneurship empowerment program and sponsorship project. Moreover the department has successfully conducted the documentation of these projects by analyzing findings, challenges, good practices and recommendations. (the documents are attached below)

THE M&E DEPARTMENT
The M&E department is an interdependent department that contributes in every other departments of the organization by dealing with every project’s field work that is to be undertaken by those departments.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF M&E OFFICERS
1. Implementation of monitoring and evaluation for all projects undertaken by the organizational departments, the M&E department has undertaken several evaluations in the organization such as;
i. Child department’s project.

ii. Gender department (empowerment of women).

iii. Sponsorship department.

2. Analyzing and Documentation of the project’s effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability.
3. Attempting to calls for evaluations by other organizations in Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar.

Photos captured during field works by M&E officers;

Photo of students answering questionnaires at Temeke primary school.