TAHEA / Cotsworld

Context and culture mould child care practices in any given community, basic care environment which is the family/ household where children are born and cared for can influence child development positively or negatively depending on the supportive care the child is able to access to grow and thrive. Fishing communities care environment is affected by the fishing culture and context where searching for money preludes that of human development especially child development. TAHEA Mwanza in partnership with Cotswold Foundation are implementing a project to improve child care practices through strengthening community systems in two communities in Ilemela Municipal.

Strengthened Community Systems in sustaining ECD services to children aged 0 – 4 years in 2 pilot communities by December 2021.

  • Increased number of ECD stakeholders who meet and support advocacy to spread ECD investment messages in 2 pilot communities by 2021.
  • Increased community participation and actions in ECD programs and services to children aged 0 – 4 years in the 2 pilot communities by 2021.
  • Improved ECD services (early learning opportunities, adequate nutrition, good health, responsive care and security and safety) to children aged 0 – 4 at household and at child care centers in the 2 pilot communities by 2021.
  • ECD services provision (early learning opportunities, adequate nutrition, good health, responsive care and security and safety) is supported by community systems which have ECD knowledge and skills in the 2 pilot communities by 2021.
  • The shutting down of businesses to prevent spread of Coronavirus has seriously affected families because of unemployment which will lead to decrease in household income. In the fishing industry for example, there is reduced exportation of fish fillets to Europe and other places where there is lockdown and low importation, employees are jobless and therefore limited capacity to support their families.
  • Restricted movement of people and goods to prevent spread. There is reduced interaction of people, families and community groups, because of this fear, participation in social and economic activities has been affected, limited home visiting and socialization among children in communities.
ECD centres and schools are important contexts which most parents depend for the nurturing and development of their children, this is because of their busy schedules. During outbreak of COVID-19 especially when schools/centres were closed parents struggled a lot to contain their children in homes, most could not manage. Some were heard appealing to the government to reopen the schools soon so that they are relieved from the situation. Children were unmanageable in homes, scattering in streets, some parents had to leave their daily businesses to take care of the children.