CHAMA, TANZANIA CHAPTER
CHILD “VULNERABILITY” IN TANZANIA
Around 2000, in recognition of the complex ways that MALARIA, HIV and AIDS affects children and communities, development agencies began to shift away from the term “AIDS orphans” “MALARIA orphans” to a more inclusive category: “orphans and vulnerable children,” or OVC (USAID, 2000; World Bank, 2004).
The term “vulnerable” was introduced as a category in its own right to describe children who were, for various reasons not limited to orphanhood, at risk of harm.
Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) or Most Vulnerable Children (MVC) is defined as those children who are adversely affected by the AIDS crisis as well as all children who are at risk of not receiving basic social services including education. According to available statistics, the MVC population on Tanzania’s mainland was close to 930,000, equivalent to 5 per cent of the child population.
CHAMA BUILDS ORPHANED AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN CENTRE IN TANZANIA. CHAMA is building OVC centre in Tanzania. As at today, toilet has been plastered, remaining the outside while the building is plastered outside remaining the inside of the building. Excellent job to CHAMA Coordinator, Tanzania, Kaspar Mtotomwema for the awesome job that he is doing.
Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms, but once you do, everything changes.
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