Kwa Wazee staff visited a sister organization in Karagwe (SAWAKA) with the purpose to share experiences on service delivery to the older people and learn new things that we can adapt at our organization. We managed to discuss with SAWAKA staff and learn their activities and eventually went to the field where we met with groups of older people, women and children clubs. Kwa Wazee encountered the following keys points into service delivery and the sustainability of the programs:
a) Advocacy and lobbing at the government; SAWAKA has been getting support from the government with the reason that they have good relationship which was established between the council and SAWAKA. They had signed the memorandum of understanding on how they can cooperate together in delivering services to the community. Also they linked the older people to the district to work on some projects that they completed its implementation.
b) Systems used in documentation, M & E
c) Strategies for the resource mobilization
d) Livelihood program – micro-finance, animal keeping, and agriculture
e) Advocacy and lobbing about the issues affecting older people, for this Kwa Wazee is the act agent where we work in partnership with SAWAKA, HAI and other OP stakeholders at a national level.
The two changing agent organization have agreed to share trainings especially about M & E where SAWAKA have an expert on that area.
2. Pension fund.
Edmund got short training about computer maintenance/repairing, this is because we have been facing difficulties when our computer collapses. He will be repairing them for some extent that we face problems.
2.2. Controlling and monitoring.
During internal controlling and monitoring we have identified that 12 Died, 3 shifted to other areas and 2 suspended last two months came back. 3 older people were very serious sick and they were supported to go to the hospital.
3. Around PSS.
3.1. PSS – light.
Since June older people had been preparing the farm for plantation where in September we distributed manures to 16 older people. They planted beans, maize and bananas for production. They got this as the loans for one year after they will pay back for the circulation to other members. While in Ngenge and Mubunda are investing to agriculture, they are paying the day labor for the cultivation. They have used the last year experiences that they got big interests through cultivation “we have accumulated cassavas and maize last year, we have some for our spending and sold for the income. We don’t have much problem with food but we have problems with money to buy small fish, tomatoes and other for soup”.
On September also all groups have been preparing themselves for the commemoration of the world older people’s day which was commemorated on 1st October2015 in Ngenge ward. The older people presented their songs with theme of older people protection. See advocacy part of this report.
We have visited 18 groups in Nshamba, Kishanda and Buganguzi for monitoring the groups’ progress with the technique and train them new techniques. We discussed also about violence happened during the months where the following came out:
- Witchcraft accusation, one older person reported in Nshamba
- Land grabbing
- Famers and livestock problems.
- Sexual violence
For this cases Kwa Wazee assist those who have to take the cases to the police/court for more help and protection.
The older people had identified their expectation about the program:
The program is increasing their confident and protection among themselves. After being conversant with all lessons of self defense they will extend this training to other older people for ageing encouragement and protection.
3.3 Advocacy work
On 1st October we commemorated the older people’s day, but before the date Older people commission from every ward conducted a meeting with all councilor candidates and MPs where they managed to advocate their issues and submitted to them the contracts so the one who will elected to be a councilor/MP has to fulfill the obligation of the older people. They will be conducting meeting with them every year to insist on what they agreed/are in the contract.
More than 1800 older people attended the celebration; they advocated the issue of free medication, pension as their rights, involvement, protection etc. The guest of honor was the District executive director. During his speech he promised the older people that what were agreed during their meeting with them at the District will be fulfilled as promised. “We will start with the mobile clinic next year and others like identity card is already budgeted so it will be implemented” he said.
The event has been reported by local radios, News papers and aired by TV like Star TV.
OP enjoying their cerebration
OP from Mubunda and Bisheke Ward
OP dancing traditional dance
Edmund and Fabiani 73 years old a victim of witchcraft (Kishuro-incidence) attended the National Consultative Workshop on 20th October, 2015 and joined the commemoration of African human rights day on 21st October, 2015 at new Africa Hotel, Dar es Salaam which was hosted by the commission for Human Rights and Good Governance in collaboration with HAI.
During the workshop Fabian narrated situation of witchcraft accusation happened to him and linked it with the land grabbing. His testimony is among of the so many aged older person faces in Tanzania and later on Edmund explained how the issue was addressed by Kwa Wazee.
During this workshop the participants came up with strategies of prioritizing the protection of older persons like enacting law for OP protection and prohibit all term of violence.
The picture above from left side is Fabian Albert from Kwa Wazee organization and those sitting in the front-line between is retired President of the United Republic of Tanzania Hon. Dr. Ali Hassan Mwinyi, the next to the light side is Chairman of the Human Right Commission and Good Governance. Others are representative of AU Ambassadors, representative of African Court on Human Rights, Deputy Attorney General etc.
4. Health Program.
4.1 Eye treatment
During older people commemoration day, Kwa wazee ran the mobile eye screening where by 68 were examined and among them 62 got medicine, 5 spectacles and 8 are supposed to be operated. Therefore we got a number of 18 older people who are in waiting list for cataract. We discussed with Dr. Emmanuel who is working in island for the moment, and after finishing his job; it is when the operation will take place.
Challenges: during OP day we witnessed many older people who are not our beneficiaries being with the eye sight problems. Some were screened during the day.
4.2 Health program
We have conducted training for the health group facilitators who shared the following during the seminar:
- There are a lot of improvements of the older people health which are indicated by their mobility and reduced pain that the older people used to declare that disturbs them. Also other older people in the village where requesting the older people to train them after being observing this improvement.
- Apart from the ageing health problems, the older people reported that they became strong due to the changes happening in their body; they are doing health exercise and drinking disinfection water (SODs). They are not getting sick frequently as before the program.
5. Tatu Tano.
13 clusters were monitored and we discussed about the success and challenges they are facing in their small groups. Almost all groups are dealing with agriculture as we reported in the last bi-monthly. They planted maize, beans and vegetables. It is lucky that it is raining so we assume they will have harvests.
For the groups dealing with small business and animal keeping, they reported that they are progressing better though there are some who reported that 13 chickens died.
5.2. Self – defense and “Peace is a Decision” (PiaD)
The self defense facilitators have monitored all groups of self defense with the reason of supporting groups with the new self defense techniques and discussed about violence and how does the training helps the girls to come out from violence.
There are no reports of violence reported these two months.
5.4 Child Protection committees.
We conducted a training of CPC in Rubya where there are many cases of violence. During training the participant raise the issue of children who are hiring a house when they are studying at secondary school that they have lot of challenges which leads them to invite men in their houses. Many become pregnant and leave the school. There are many younger mothers who became pregnant and have not married.
Also there are cases of sexual violence and domestic violence which affect children at the area example are rape and abandonment of children.
6. VBC Bicycle Program
The youth at the workshop conducted theory and practical test where they performed better, they passed at 75%.
We have improved our market after doing marketing program to different areas. The market increased up to 67% when we compare with other months.
We received Swiss TV reporter who came to prepare a short documentary on the uses of bikes and the bike program at Kwa Wazee. This will help to publish the work and support we are getting from Velafrica.
7. PLWHA-Project (REPSSI/Symphasis)
8. Facts and Figures
|No. of beneficiaries||Sept||October|
|Payment of pensions and savings
|Total payments in all areas||19,560,000||19,397,000|
Number of existing group
|PSS – light (groups and 3 PSS groups)||83|
|Tatu – Tano||226 (including the Symphasis groups)|
Pensioner and group savings.
|Savings of pensioners on payment-cards from Jan. to date||7217500|
|Saving of PSS light||801,000||1,054,000|
|Savings of TatuTano||387,100||370,350|
PLWHA: Microfinance project:
|Number of loan groups (groups and individuals)||185|
|Amount of loans conceded since 2011|
|Amount of repayment since 2011|
|Accumulated capital through shares|