Partage Tanzania (from the French word “partager”: which means to share) was founded in 1990 and is still run by its French founder Philippe Krynen. It organizes and runs the Victoria Program, a development program which supports poor children and their communities around the rural north-western shores of Lake Victoria, using the Maria Montessori method. His view is that orphans should not be placed in orphanages but are much better of when they grow up in a family situation. Preferred the children will stay with their relatives, if they are still alive otherwise a woman will be placed in their own house to take care for them. This person will receive some financial support as well as the usage of medical facilities which were established by Partage.
Partage also participated in the building of primary schools and vocational training centers (with eg.: tailoring, carpentry, masonry, cooking, agriculture). The “Victoria Program” consist of e.g. the improvement and access to healthcare, creating a family surrounding for orphans, access to fresh water, agriculture, support women groups with micro credit to increase their business and currently Partage is focusing more and more to improve education. Since 2012 Partage also started a small hotel-school (mostly for cooking) in one of their vocational training centers, which is supported by Benjamin by giving capacity building.
Philippe Krijnen helped over 20.000 children this way and really hopes to continue his work for a long period, despite he reached his retirement age a long time ago.
It is a beautiful, comprehensive project that the Benjamin Foundationvery much likes to support and contribute.
More information on this project can be found on www.partage-tanzania.de
Karagwe Community Based Rehabilitation Program (KCBRP) is non-governmental Organization with an office in Karagwe District, Kagera Region in Tanzania. The organization started community based rehabilitation programs in Karagwe district since 2004 target groups being Children/youngsters with Disabilities up to the age of 25 years. In 2012, KCBRP was registered as a local NGO and received a legal mandate to operate countrywide in implementation CBR interventions. KCBRP is specialized in Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR). CBR programs implementation, Training, vocational education/Skills development and research are at the heart of our work. KCBRP understands Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) as a strategy that aims to improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities. This strategy involves working closely with persons with disabilities, their families, and stakeholders at the local, national and international level. In our context, these stakeholders are normally community leaders (such as chiefs), religious leaders, school boards, special needs schools, vocational training centers, government and private medical institutions, neighbors, sports clubs, and not to miss: local and national governments. Together with all these actors we attempt to work to include persons with disabilities in every domain of community life. Their mission is to ensure that people with disabilities, and other vulnerable groups, are respected in the community through advocacy for their rights, rehabilitated through physiotherapy and community health care, trained through the provision of equal opportunities and friendly infrastructures at educational facilities, and are self-reliant through establishment of income.
KCBRP aims to address the discriminatory issues against children and youngsters with disabilities in Karagwe district using comprehensive CBR intervention/strategy. The following are the specific areas of concern (in CBR matrix) that the program aims to address
In this domain KCBRP aims to support people with disabilities to attain the highest level of well-being, given the health status of the person, by ensuring access to services and advocating the needs of people with disabilities and their family. They cooperate with hospitals, and foreign medical organizations to do for example operations. KCBRP has CBR field staff(Village Rehabilitation Workers-VRWs) in each village.
Under this domain KCBRP through village rehabilitation workers (VRWs) and educational stakeholders in education aims contribute to education by facilitating access to various types of learning by: Supporting primary education; creating inclusive local schools and supporting families and children to access education. 3) Secondary and higher education; working with schools and community to make the schools accessible and support the students. 4) Non-formal education; ensuring that people with disabilities can receive education suited to their needs when this is preferred over formal education. 5) Direct support children with disabilities in terms of provision of scholastic materials, and transport to and from schools.
This program will contribute to livelihood improvement by: 1) Skills development; identifying and promoting opportunities for skills, knowledge and attitude development. 2) Self-employment; encourage and support people with disabilities in starting or expanding economic activities. 3) Social protection; including people with disabilities in social assistance programs, for protection against extreme poverty or lack of income.
This component aims at promoting full participation in social life and to make a social change. The program will contribute to gaining meaningful social roles and responsibilities of people with disabilities by: 1)increasing awareness, challenge stigma and discrimination by working together with various stakeholders with a focus to families and communities accepting a child and young people with disabilities.
The program will enable people with disabilities, family and the community to actively involve in issues affecting their lives, through increasing awareness, providing information and capacity-building. This will be achieved through a contribution to a changing mind-set of seeing people with disabilities as passive receivers to active contributors.
In Tanzania there is still a lot of stigma about disability. People do not understand or believe in witchcraft or blame the mother if the child is handicapped. Children are often hidden in the house, fathers leave the families by blaming the mother, mothers cannot join the social community functions.
KCBRP works in 31 villages with volunteers in each village (Village Rehabilitation Workers) who are doing home visits, also social workers/counselors and physiotherapist do weekly home visits. In the center is a physiotherapy room for more intense sessions. Next to this they also organize regular health clinics in the villages to treat children in their own village when hospitals are far away.
They have a strong partnership with Liliane foundation from the Netherlands. Stichting Benjamin has supported KCBRP in 2017 with different physiotherapy equipment. From 2018 Stichting Benjamin is contributing to the operational expenses of the project and look for cooperation.
For more information see : www.kcbrp.or.tz