Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Details for Mechanism ID: 4516
Country/Region: Tanzania
Year: 2007
Main Partner: Africare
Main Partner Program: NA
Organizational Type: NGO
Funding Agency: USAID
Total Funding: $970,000

Funding for Care: Orphans and Vulnerable Children (HKID): $970,000

This activity also relates to Track 1.0 OVC activities for Africare OVC (#7674). As an OVC partner, this activity will link with the PACT Coordinating Implementing Partner Group (IPG) network for OVC (#7783) and the FHI OVC Data Management System (#7715).

The Community-Based Orphan Care, Protection, and Empowerment (COPE) Project started as a Track 1.0 regional project being implemented in four countries (Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Mozambique) to address the needs of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). In Tanzania, the project is being implemented in the five districts of Dodoma region.

Since the beginning of the activity in FY05, the COPE Program has reached approximately 42, 000 OVC and established 297 Most Vulnerable Childrens Committees (MVCCs) to ensure sustainability of the services. FY07 funding will be used to scale up Africare's field work and complement Africare's support of OVC through Track 1.0. With the requested supplementary funds, an additional 2,500 OVC will be served. Funds will also be used to purchase school materials and other basic services, and ITNs for the most vulnerable children. In addition, 100 caregivers will be trained.

The project supports the scale up of Tanzania's National Plan of Action for Most Vulnerable Children (MVC) working with the Department of Social Welfare. It applies the national MVC identification process and emphasizes a community approach to enhance community participation leading to sustainable activities. The project works with the local government and emphasizes community mobilization.

FY07 COPE activities include five major components. The first component is to provide training to enhance district and community capacity to coordinate care and support services to OVC and caregivers to ensure greater community participation for sustainability. The second component is to provide life skills training to youth in and out-of-school so that they can make responsible decisions. Psychosocial care and support services to OVC and caregivers are provided by trained Service Corps Volunteers from the community and in COPE Clubs. The COPE Clubs are a platform for HIV/AIDS prevention education and youth activities such as games, songs, and drama. The third component is to increase access to health care, malaria prevention, and nutritional support through wraparound activities, including nutrition education and increased food production at the household level through the development of backyard gardens and small animal husbandry. The fourth component seeks to increase educational opportunities for OVC. This will be accomplished through direct support to OVC for uniforms and scholastic materials and providing block grants to secondary schools to offer scholarships to enroll and retain OVC. The final component is to increase livelihood opportunities for OVC and caregivers through partnerships with the Emerging Markets Group, who will facilitate the enrollment of older OVC into vocational training and will provide grants and micro-credit to caregivers for small business ventures.

As with all USG-funded implementing partners, Africare will support the implementation of the national Data Management System, and will use that system for their own Monitoring and Evaluation system. They will ensure that information about MVC/OVC identified at the local level not only feeds into the national system, but is also available to MVCCs at the local level for planning, decision making, and monitoring. Finally, as a member of the IPG, COPE will implement stigma and discrimination activities from the Stigma Tool Kit.

The Plus Up funding will support the provision of more than one service to the 42,000 already identified children and scale up to identify and serve an additional 10,000 OVC. Also, the funds will be used to purchase six computers for the district social welfare officers and will ensure that information about MVC/OVC identified at the local level feeds into the national system. Moreover Africare will train 3000 additional caretakers on caretaking skills and stigma.

Subpartners Total: $0
Pamoja Tupambane na UKIMWI: NA
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies: NA
Baraza la Akina Mama wa Kiislamu: NA
Muzdalifa Orphan Centre: NA
Faraja Human Development Fund: NA
Adopt Africa: NA
Child Parents & Destitute Foundation: NA
Hekima Women Group Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania.: NA
Evangelical Assemblies of God: NA
Shukurani: NA
Save HIV AIDS Orphans Tanzania Foundation: NA
Kongwa Huduma kwa Watoto Yatima: NA
Service Health and Development of People Living Positively with HIV AIDS: NA