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Better Way Foundation has supported early childhood development in Tanzania since 2009. 35% of our annual grants budget is dedicated to supporting this work. Our approach in Tanzania is guided by our firm belief that local communities know how to develop and lead their own transformations. Non-governmental organizations rooted in those communities working collaboratively with public sector institutions and government are best-placed to develop and implement sustainable long-term programs to deliver transformative change. In order to maximize our local impact and sustain deep relationships we have concentrated on supporting partners on the shores of Lake Victoria in the Mwanza and Kagera regions.

We have supported most of our partners in Tanzania since we first began work there in 2009. We typically visit three-to-four times per year to discuss progress, support capacity needs, help solve emerging problems, and ensure that we remain connected to the work and to our partners so that we can be ambassadors for their work. When not in Tanzania, we use the technology to remain in regular contact with our partners through calls, emails, and texts.

Our partners in Mwanza and Kagera regions are well-connected among national early childhood organizations, advocates, researchers, and policymakers. They invest time and energy into ensuring that they have strong relationships with government agencies and leaders at all levels.  Since 2018, we have supported a process to strengthen the Tanzania Early Childhood Development Network (TECDEN), a nationally recognized civil society voice on early childhood matters. Our Mwanza-based partners are among the leaders of TECDEN nationally, and we support their efforts to share local ECD experiences and ideas with national policymakers.

Current Better Way Foundation Partners:

Amani Girls Home (AGH) is a small, local non-profit focused on strengthening local community and socio-economic structures for the people of Mwanza Region in Tanzania. The mission of AGH is to be an integral part of reducing issues for vulnerable girls that lead to homelessness. The goal of AGH is to create an avenue for vulnerable children (in particular girls) into schools and safe and supportive communities. AGH works with local civil society organizations and central and local government agencies. Major program areas are Integrated Early Childhood Development, Street Girls Reintegration, Women’s Economic Empowerment, Adolescent Girls’ Empowerment and Child Rights Advocacy. AGH undertook an intensive strategic planning process in 2013, leading to a strong plan for future development of the organization and its impact.

To learn more, visit their website: https://amanigirlshome.org/

The mission of Children in Crossfire Tanzania (CIC) is that young children perform effectively in their schools and communities. The organization’s vision is a world where young children can realize their potential.

CIC has established itself as a leading organization advocating for investment in Early Childhood Development. The organizational strategy is to target 3 “Impact Districts” with an Integrated ECD program.  Impact Districts are selected from key indicators for ECD where the need is greatest.  Within the Impact Districts we work with local partners to deliver interventions focusing on nutrition, stimulation (at home and via pre-school/day-care centers), care practices (in terms of health and the physical environment) and child protection. CIC also builds the capacity of Local government officials with responsibility for young children and advocates for improved resources for young children, in line with the proposed National ECD Policy.   Building on this, CIC also operates at the national level, using the evidence from the Impact Districts and collaborating with other stakeholders to advocate for increased national focus on ECD, to strengthen and implement laws and policies affecting young children and to monitor progress against government commitments. Among CIC’s major partners in Tanzania are UNICEF, Dubai Cares, and the Bernard van Leer Foundation.

To learn more, visit their website: http://www.childrenincrossfire.org/programme/our-programmes/children-in-crossfire-partner-forum-in-tanzania

MHOLA is a well-connected organization with strong links to government, civil society organizations, religious institutions, and local communities. Its team works to strengthen local networks at ward, district, and regional levels with all actors involved in child protection. MHOLA aims to increase coordination among those addressing child issues, leading to better utilization of scarce resources for the benefit of vulnerable children and families. MHOLA believes that this is essential to the sustainability of efforts to safeguard child rights and wellbeing of all within Kagera Region.

To learn more, visit their website: http://mhola.or.tz

The objectives of “Dreams of Tanzania”, an NGO that Sister Denise Mattle (of the Sisters of Divine Providence, Switzerland) set up to raise support for the Montessori Training Centre of Mwanza, are “to promote young people’s education and to reduce poverty of the families for the full and harmonious development of the human being.” Montessori Training Centre works to give young teachers and their students a good education with a focus on individual development and motivation.

To learn more, visit their website: https://www.montessori-tanzania.ch

Tanzania Home Economics Association – Mwanza (TAHEA) exists to empower individuals, families and the communities across Tanzania socially, economically and with a gender perspective through education, training, information sharing and consultancy. TAHEA uses its professional members to facilitate development processes, design and implement projects, engage in strategic networking, and develop partnerships with local government and other organizations with complementary missions.

To learn more, visit their website: https://tahea.or.tz/

Tumaini Letu was established in Muleba District,Tanzania in 1992 in order to assist vulnerable groups including young needy orphans and children, particularly those affected by HIV/AIDS. Tumaini Letu belives that providing quality early childhood development will transform a child’s abilities and opportunities throughout their lives. In parternship with the Better Way Foundation, local government, and implementing partners, Tumaini Letu has operated a dedicated ECD program since 2010. The Tumaini Letu ECD program provides holistic support to ensure healthy growth and development for the most vulnerable children. Currently, Tumaini Letu runs 20 day care centers in Muleba District with 5,506 young children (3-6 yrs) of which 75% are orphans and other vulnerable children. By supporting children with proper nutritious meals, health services, kindergarten and pre-school education, and opportunities to attend primary and secondary school, the organization takes an integrated approach to improving the overall well-being of children. Tumaini Letu also runs a savings and credit scheme for women (HANURA) who are caretakers of orphans and vulnerable children. Since its inception, Tumaini Letu has been the only organization in Kagera region that provide holistic ECD services to young children.