managed by Kemilembe I.
KARAGWE VIMAKA VOCATIONAL TRAINING DEVELOPMENT AND POVERTY ALLEVIATION (KVDPA)
is a nonprofit community based organization with registration No KDC/CD/CBO/016 dealing with children,youth and Women.It was founded in 2006 by Kemilembe Kanani. Its office is in Kayanga Karagwe. (KVDPA) started in 2006 with only three volunteers who were making Fabric clothes for women and school uniforms. It has grown into a vibrant institution with 25 volunteers and more than 250 members including peer educators, tailoring vocational trainers, entrepreneurs and home management trainee, Arts and Design. (KVDPA) is led by a Management Advisory Board and managed by the founding director who is assisted by an administrator and programmer coordinators.
The mission is to achieve transformation through self-help initiatives, making and supplying of quality clothes, school uniforms, relief giving necessary assistance to orphans, youth, women and needy children. (Orphanages, widows, foster homes, vocational training and evangelism as a major thrust) which is aiming at self employment.
VISION: To realize Karagwe community, women and youth are actively participating to eradicate poverty
THE MOTTO:save Children, youth and women for Development.
Targets people are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, women, orphans and vulnerable children, infected and affected by use of drug abuse, youths out of school, groups in religious organizations,workplaces, children at schools, In the rural areas the target groups are farmers, families in conflict, orphans, old people and rural cultural changes, and youth who finished standard seven and form four who failed to continue
implementation various approaches and strategies including radio programs, peer education meetings, promotion of income generating activities, and training of trainers, individual counseling and voluntary testing for HIV /AIDS. communities are empowered through peer action facilitation skills to ensure community are ownership of our programs.
FUNCTIONS AND OBJECTIVES
i. Making School uniforms, tailoring and Designs of women fabric clothes of all kind, bags,fabric shirts for men, and aprons.
ii. Women Neighborhood Associations and children rights
iii. Prevent and control use of drug abuse among youth, by educating on the outcome of
iv. Decrease significantly suffering among the HIV/AIDS affected persons and vulnerable
groups, especially youth, women and children at the risk of contracting the disease.
v. Improve the quality of life of those affected by HIV/AIDS by providing psychosocial and
vi. Inculcate positive behaviors, raise awareness and understanding about preventive
measures necessary to decrease the spread of HIV/AIDS among members of various
communities in Karagwe District.
vii. Support vulnerable and disadvantaged groups such as children, women and orphans.
viii. Provide skills training and capacity building support to children, youth and women in Tanzania through vocational training and computer programs.
ix. Advice youth and Women how to Employ themselves. (Self employment).
x. Provide and Rise self Employment for improvement of SMALL-SCALE income generation activities of women and other vulnerable groups.
25 volunteers and 250 youth completed vocational training and started operating small scale income generating activities. Some of them are now community home-based
home care volunteers.
ii. Increased number of community members turning at Vocational training.
iii. Buying four computers for training and official use and one plot of land (owned) for
constructing our own offices.
iv. Reduction of social stigma and rejection within the community. This has been possible
through community counseling and HIV/AIDS sensitization program.
v. Formation of the community counselors, vocational training and home-based volunteers in Karagwe District. These are men and women who train youth and women in their communities.
vi. Managed to bring together the community (care givers mostly grandmothers) to form
support groups for affected children and families.
vii. Most of youth and women have employed themselves and they have stopped risk
viii. Karagwe community ,Many orphans’ and student have got quality and good clothes and uniforms which made them to feel happy, while at school and feel equal to others.
Increasing need for services which are unmatched by available resources.
ii. Lack of Market of our clothes and products made by Women and youth this make women to remain poor while they have clothes to sell in workshop.
iii. Lack of professionals especially in vocational fields (e.g. councilors, English teachers,
iv. Low level of community acceptance and ownership of care and support activities.
v. Low rate of reduction of stigma associated with HIV/AIDS.
vi. Shortage of working equipment and facilities, Such as (tailoring machines Computers,
photocopy machines etc).
vii. Poor understanding of English language to people.
viii. Lack of enough rooms and offices for running our study activities especially during
practical training and other activities but we have owned land without source of fund to
ix. Bureaucracy process of registering our organization (and its costs, which is still
processing up to date).
x. Lack of transport means especially office car for visiting community members and
FUTURE DIRECTIONS AND EXPECTATIONS
i. Mobilization of local and external financial resources to Karagwe Vimaka Vocational
training Development and Poverty Alleviation (KVDPA) support
ii. Enrollment, Recruitment and development of more professional services providers.
iii. Increasing networking with Organization and NGOs and other stakeholders.
iv. Establishment of support groups for children/community living with HIV/ AIDS.
v. Providing Basic needs (e.g. food, clothing, education etc)
vi. Assistance with medical care, e.g. hospital costs, health education, especially for those affected communities.
vii. Families who provide good relations, care and living conditions.
viii. Spiritual care, encouragement and education about family relations etc.
ix. Guidance to become self-reliant adults.
x. Create awareness in the community about HIV/AIDS
xi. To rise English language skill to all people.
xii. To Rise and educate the community about self employment.
xiii. Poverty alleviation and risky behavior control within the area.
xiv. Establishment of Computer and English language skills training center.
xv. Construct and develop sustainable vocational training center which will accommodate
affected communities (youth and women especially orphans and widows).
Karagwe district lies in the North- Western corner of Tanzania, west of Lake Victoria, on the boarders with Rwanda and Uganda. The district has an area of about 7,716 6,700 sq km basically hilly with mountain ridges ranging in altitude from 1,500 to 1,800 meters above sea level. The annual average temperature is 26 degrees C. Rainfall averages around 1000 mm per annum, and is received in two wet seasons; October to December and February to May. Soils are fertile with relatively high organic content that allow cultivation of different crops. The 2002 census counted a total district population of 424,000 people. The majority of the population is of the Nyambo tribe, with considerable mix up with the Haya, Subi, and Nyarwanda. About 90% of the people in Karagwe district are peasants, dependent on agriculture for their livelihood; and about 50% of these cultivators do not produce surpluses beyond their needs. Bananas and Maize are the main food crops, with coffee grown as a cash crop. Other crops include cassava, beans, potatoes and millet. The district is largely underdeveloped due to inadequate service delivery, inadequate policies for mobilizing the local people towards productive agricultural production and too much dependency on subsistence agriculture.
The area is also completely less industrial apart from the coffee ginneries. There is inadequate supply of industrial goods even the consumable products like soap, cooking oil, clothes ,not even simple processed food like breads and biscuits despite the fact that Karagwe is a food producing area. This problem leads to high price of such products when they are imported in Karagwe as an impact of poor infrastructures of the area and the long distance from the main cities of Tanzania.
KVDPA is mainly targets most vulnerable women and youth in order to achieve need to improve standard of living in Karagwe District. In the community local context women are mainly the bread winners in the family, they do farming, collecting fire woods for sell and providing food for the households’ consumption, and they are responsible for paying school fees and tuition fee for their children. Therefore feasibly supporting the household to improve on self Employment without including women is not sustainable in alleviating poverty.The involving of the Youth in the project also highlights the need to get man power beside the women toiling across the fields alone so that they also grow to know it is everyone’s role to improve and develop the family not only women work.
KVDPA is intending to improve community and promote self employment as well as provide vocational training aid in the targeted area of Karagwe through forming women and youth groups so that they work as a group, earlier individuals women at households level working individually proved that they do not have skills, they lack necessary equipments and tools to enable them to learn more skills neither do they have capital to start small scale business to earn income and all they do is cultivating a small piece of land using rudiment tools and if any natural disaster occurs like drought or flood they are prone to lose everything and the cycle of lack of enough food continuous in the household. Also they end up by lacking some money for catering their necessities and they fail to take their students to school or pay their tuition fees KVDPA is grouping this woman together so that they can work as a group together, trained and have the ability to produce, sell and get income to support their families example they make clothes and uniforms which are sold to community and some are exported to Uganda and other areas of Tanzania.
At household level if women are supported through vegetable and fruits projects there is access to fresh vegetables and different fruits which are lacking for children to eat, sale of some vegetables and seedlings will bring additional income that will help reduce malnutrition in this targeted households and increase income to the households.
Areas we work in Karagwe.
Karagwe District is administratively divided into 28 wards:
Karagwe Vimaka Vocational training Development and Poverty Alleviation (KVDPA)
Tanzania (E A).
Director of Operations
Amizade Global Service-Learning & Volunteer Programs
Program Assistant at United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Private tell: +255789060010
Secretary of KVDPA