Highlands Hope Umbrella provides mutual support and professional development opportunities for nurses and volunteers working at in the Njombe-Makete region of the Southern Highlands of Tanzania.
The peer health educator group CHAKUNIMU is active in several villages adjacent to Njombe. It has developed a strong network and dynamic programming including new efforts to equip its educators with basic home care knowledge and tools. It works in close collaboration with the Tanwat Care and Treatment Centre (CTC) as well as with nurses and nursing students from the McGill University School of Nursing in Montreal, Canada.
The Kibena Women’s Association (KWA) is a small network of professional women, mostly educators and health care workers, who are focused on the needs of orphans and vulnerable children in the Njombe region. They provide direct financial and nutritional support to a number of orphans who have no other resources and have sponsored research and knowledge development projects with Canadian university students to understand the scope and needs of the orphan challenge in their region. They actively advocate for the rights and needs of children in Njombe and also provide recreational opportunities for vulnerable children.
KYOFE, or “Kibena Youth Fellow”, uses music and drama to bring messages of awareness about HIV-AIDS and knowledge about reproductive health to young people in the Njombe region. They have an excellent choir and have developed a range of dramatic productions that they present in community and village settings. They also are co-sponsors of research efforts in support of the interests and rights of vulnerable children in their community.
ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND Youth for Sustainable Development Organization (YSDO) was established in 2013 and registered under the Tanzania Nongovernmental Organizations Act 2002 to operate in Tanzania Mainland. It is headquartered in Njombe region in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania, at Songea road Street opposite to GAPCO filling station near Tanzania Farmers Association. YSDO is a youth- led organization committed to create awareness among the youth in terms of who they are; their responsibilities and how they use education and their God given talents and capabilities to make a difference for the development of all in the society. The organization activities are completed through workshops, trainings, seminars, forums and meetings. Tanzanian youth are full of vast and untapped energy. Their power has to be properly utilized. Youth are tomorrow’s leaders and agents of contemporary global change, if appropriate opportunities are made available to put their natural endowment to creative and productive channels, they are indeed capable of working wonders. Despite their vast energy and contribution they make for national development, they face challenges in terms of growing unemployment, social exclusion and limited scope to influence their social, political and economic decisions that affect their lives. In order to realize sustainable development in Tanzania, a key focus should be in youth by investing heavily in education, health, skills development and leadership education. Youth for Sustainable Development Organization (YSDO) is established to address the issues affecting youth and finding solutions by bringing together all stakeholders and enable youth to have a table to discuss their issues and network with those stakeholders for knowledge sharing, assimilation, capacity building and empowerment. Since its establishment, YSDO is increasing interventions in skills development, capacity building and network expansion. Currently, our efforts are based on self awareness, self esteem, civic education, entrepreneurship and career education.