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USA celebrates 5 years of caring for orphans and vulnerable children and empowering youth through USAID Kizazi Kipya

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USA celebrates 5 years of caring for orphans and vulnerable children and empowering youth through USAID Kizazi Kipya

The estimated number of OVCs in Tanzania is 3.2 million; and a quarter of all 5-14 year olds work, some in the worst forms of child labor

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, September 22, 2021 / APO Group / –

Today, representatives of the Government of the United States and the Government of Tanzania participated in a conference to celebrate the achievements of the Kizazi Kipya (“New Generation”) activity of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) . Participants discussed opportunities to further improve care for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and effective approaches to empower young people. Dr. Grace Maghembe, Deputy Permanent Secretary of PORALG was the guest of honor.

The estimated number of OVCs in Tanzania is 3.2 million; and a quarter of all 5-14 year olds work, some in the worst forms of child labor. The family is the primary protective asset of children, but the linked forces of poverty and disease undermine families’ ability to care for children. As a result, many children under the age of five experience high rates of preventable disease, stunted growth and other developmental delays.

The $ 163.3 million Kizazi Kipya activity over five years has enabled Tanzanian OVCs, young people living with HIV and their caregivers to use age-appropriate HIV-related services and improve health services. health, nutrition, education, protection, livelihoods and psychosocial well-being. The activity generated sustainable demand for HIV services, reduced barriers to accessing and using HIV services, and provided follow-up to reduce the number of people living with HIV who interrupt the service. processing. Over the past five years, Kizazi Kipya has worked with the Government of Tanzania and local partners to support 1.2 million OVCs and around 470,000 caregivers to ensure these young people receive age-appropriate HIV services. as well as services to improve their overall quality of life. .

For example, through Kizazi Kipya, more than 12,200 savings and loan groups, namely WORTH Yetu, have been established. To date, these groups have a cumulative savings of 26.6 billion Tanzanian shillings ($ 11.6 million). By accessing these savings, families have been able to overcome the economic barriers that often prevent children from getting the basic services they need to lead healthy, positive lives.

Speaking at today’s event, USAID Mission Director V. Kate Somvongsiri said, “When children are healthy, well nourished, educated and supported by their caregivers and communities, they will have the basic skills to become productive young adults, well placed to pursue and achieve their aspirations. It is a priority for the governments of Tanzania and the United States.

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