ACT – Working through partners in Africa (Part 1)

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  • Posted on November 2, 2018

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Honoratus (Tanzania) & Yetunde (Nigeria)

… Honoratus Ndaula (ACT-Tanzania)

 At the beginning of October some very important visitors arrived at the ACT (UK) offices – they are two of our wonderful partners from Africa!

Honoratus Ndaula from Tanzania is Director of Justice and Peace, ACT partners in Kagera region, Tanzania. Yetunde Joseph is Director of Ipaja Community Link (ICL), ACT partners in Ipaja, Lagos State, Nigeria. For both Honoratus and Yetunde, it was their first ever visit to the UK. They had travelled the thousands of miles to take part in the ACT 20th anniversary celebrations and were representing the twelve partner organisations that ACT partners with in 8 countries of Africa.

Despite being a little shocked by the British weather (cold, cold!), still the pair were treated to the full tourist experience of our London home, in addition to attending meetings and helping out in the ACT office – and were key guests at our main celebration event on 6th October  and  the fundraising dinner on 11th October at Lambeth Palace!

The anniversary visit provided a very special opportunity for Honoratus and Yetunde to personally share about themselves and the work they do in their respective countries. We interviewed them to find out exactly what ACT means to the many women and children that ACT supports in Tanzania and Nigeria.

Sophie Lavelle, ACT Communications Officer interviewed both Honoratus and Yetunde at the ACT (UK) office.

Part 1 features the interview with Honoratus. Next week in Part 2 we will feature the interview with Yetunde.

Give us an overview of your work for ACT?

Honoratus:

In Tanzania, our main focus is on supporting the orphans and fatherless children. They need scholastic materials so they can go to school. We give primary school children contributions: food, uniform, and exercise books. With the mothers (widows) our focus is to provide them with the resources for income generation so that they can support themselves and their family.  They are provided with animals, pig or goat that they can rear to produce more offspring for food or to sell.

What impact do you think ACT is having on these people?

Honoratus:

ACT is so important for communities in Tanzania because its work acts as a trigger – when one child is supported it has a knock on effect, the mother is supported, the whole family benefits, and often other families in the community benefit as a whole.

Do you have any examples in particular?

Honoratus:

In Tanzania, disabled children are usually hidden away when they are born, they’re seen as a curse and so are hidden away. ACT has helped to change this by supporting disabled children and bringing them out into their communities. ACT is sending them to school and helping them to receive treatment where possible by purchasing the CHF (Community Health Fund) insurance for disabled children. Most families do not have the money to buy this even for themselves or the healthy children. The disabled children are brought to the attention of the local authorities. ACT has provided scholastic materials and health support.

Fred Phillipo, from Chato district is an example of a disabled child that through ACT support has changed the attitude of the community. He is a paraplegic and so ACT bought him a tricycle, which enables him to cycle to school more quickly. He can now get to school in ten minutes rather than in one hour trying to walk.  Fred’s mobility also means that he can help his vulnerable mother, as she can now send him to carry out chores such as going to the mill to grind maize which is the staple food.

To find out more about our work in Tanzania click here.

To make a donation or to sponsor a child in Africa click here.


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