Children and Families

The project phased out in February 2021, it was funded by Firelight Foundation focusing on creating a community of practice on early stimulation and early learning, nutrition, child protection and economic strengthening, in nutrition the  emphasis was on the importance of the 1,000 days of life in children in addition to the knowledge and skills which were imparted on Infant and Young Children’s Feeding in the 1st phase where we trained community leaders, women, community volunteers, teachers, parents, paraprofessionals and the local government field staff on the importance of holistic approach to child development which mostly was focused on  service delivery for service providers. In phase 2 we wanted to bring care and support closer to children by improving  their care environments (families, communities and ECD centers) and responsive caregivers who are knowledgiable, with both parenting and child care practices which are sustained in the target communities i.e  workforce who are able to facilitate learning through play, who are able to give psychosocial support to children, workforce who are able to respond to the child’s needs, workforce who are linked to families and community systems.
  • To improve acquisition of numeracy and literacy skills, adequate feeding program, community participation, protection and safeguarding in 12 community based ECD centres to support learning among 1200 children aged 3-4 years in 4 wards of Ilemela Municipal by February 2021.
  • To facilitate responsive, contextually relevant care knowledge, attitudes, values, skills and practices among parents and caregivers of 1,300 children from birth to three years in 4 wards of Ilemela Municipal by February 2021.
  • To strengthen community systems in 4 wards of Ilemela Municipal to be able to provide ongoing support to improve the quality of the ECD centers and birth to three programs beyond project cycle.
  • Systems thinking
  • Child centred learning
  • Empowered community groups

Improved care and supportive environments (home, community and ECD Centres) for 2500 children aged 0 – 4 years in 10 fishing communities in Ilemela district of Mwanza region, in Tanzania by February 2021.

  • Improved knowledge and skills among 26 caregivers in mastering age-appropriate literacy and numeracy skills and encourage free play in the daily (or weekly) routine to children 3-4 years.
  • Improved learning of children using the documented 30 local songs, 30 stories and 30 games distributed to 12 centers.
  • Improved play and communication activities between 740 parents and 1300 children under three years resulting from improved counseling sessions among 10 competent counselors.
  • 1000 parents and caregivers Increased their knowledge and skills on supporting children birth to three on play and communication by using the Care for Child Development (CCD) Package.
  • 10 Counselors have improved knowledge and skills in providing group and one to one counseling.
  • Improved knowledge and skills of 100 youth group members in using Social Accountability Monitoring (SAM) Tool to link ECD interventions with community systems.
  • Parents and caregivers with busy schedule and life dynamics
  • There is still low male participation in the program, most men are very busy with economic activities and not directly get involved with child care.
  • Teaching children in ECD centers counting, reading and writing. Most parents are very eager to see their children learn these skills while are still young, plus seeing the exercise books marked by centre facilitators.
  • Parents and Caregivers provide positive feedback and ideas on how best we can improve the learning of their children.