USAID Kizazi Kipya

Project Objective: To enable one million Tanzanian orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and young people affected by HIV by utilizing age-appropriate HIV/AIDS-related and other services for improved care, health, nutrition, education, protection, livelihoods, and psycho-social well-being.

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Summary..

IDYDC is implementing USAID Kizazi Kipya Project on Result 4: High-Quality Services are available to "hard-to-reach" HIV infected and vulnerable children and adolescents by Improving and expanding services for children living or working on the streets through street outreach works, the family works and youth works. The project has saved 486 (Male 376; Female 114) Children from Iringa Municipal council.

USAID Kizazi Kipya Project is funded by USAID under PACT Organization who are providing financial support to IDYDC and UKAID – DFID under RCA who are providing technical support to ensure all CYLWS are receiving quality services.

Achievement..

Street outreach works

Identification of 282 (195 m,87 f ) children aged 7-17 years old who were living and working on streets(CLWS), Provision of 48 street base sport, games and education sessions to 231 CLWS ( 209 m,22f), Linking 162 (135 m, 27 f) children to HTC services and only one CLWS found HIV positive, Providing legal support to 28 children (male) at court and 20 children (male) at the police station.

Youth Work:

Move from the Provision of informal life skills education to 216 (130M, 86F) Youth living and working on streets (YLWS). Among 216 YLWS, 84 were identified during this year and 132 were identified during previous years, Linking 60 (28M, 32 F) YLWS to apprenticeship and VETA for vocational courses, Linking 190 (117 male, 73 female) YLWS to HTC service and only one girl found HIV positive.

Family Work:

Support 32 caregivers of reunified children with food buckets for the aim of engaging them well on therapeutic sessions, The reunification of CLWS (13 cases in Iringa MC, 11 outside Iringa Mc), Supporting 314 (209m, 105f) reunified children and their siblings with scholastic materials, Train 35 caregivers of reunified children on entrepreneurship and Bio Intensive Agriculture

IMPACTS: 

30 caregivers managed to generate their income through entrepreneurship activities which help them to provide basic needs to their children and decrease risks for children to drop to streets because of poverty. AND 60 YLWS acquired different skills through vocation training which help them to get employment and self-employment on welding and aluminum workshops, carpentry workshop, saloon, restaurants and tailoring activities. 

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CHALLENGES

The poor economic condition of reunified children families leads to children to drop out to the streets after reunifications. This was solved through the provision of entrepreneurship education and start-up grants help parents to employ themselves on small business and being responsible for their children needs. AND Dynamics in perception and attitudes of YLWS, some of them wants quick results without passing through all stages of Youth Association. This leads to a high number of dropout in Youth Associations. This can be solved by providing counselling and informal life skills education to YLWS and educating them the whole process of the associational model.