A big thank you to those who have already supported Tanzania Development Trust’s Girls’ Rights Fund through our new dedicated MyDonate page, https://mydonate.bt.com/events/nofgmtanz/451816
Between 2014 and 2017, TDT worked with the Anglican Diocese of Mara to fund and construct a Safe House for girls fleeing FGM (Female Genital Mutilation). In three ‘cutting seasons’, up to 500 girls were directly saved from FGM, and more by outreach work in villages.
At present, TDT is not sending money to the Mugumu Safe House. Since the appointment of a new Bishop of Mara in August 2016, some aspects of Diocesan policy and practice for the Safe House have caused concern, including less apparent commitment to effective combatting of FGM. More on the Mugumu Safe House…
It is hoped that, in time, agreement can be reached on the operation of the Safe House. But TDT wishes to provide donors the continued opportunity to contribute to the important fight against FGM and the wider campaign against forced early marriage and gender based violence (GBV), hence the Girls’ Rights Fund.
We shall support local activists like Rhobi Samwelly, herself an FGM survivor, and the driving force behind the Mara Safe House. Funds may be used to support staffing, outreach work, and temporary shelter and food for girls at risk, and allow them to continue their education instead of being subjected to FGM and married against their will.
More on the Girls’ Rights Fund…
We have previously featured in this section our appeal to complete a dispensary in Matongo Village, and our appeal for emergency funding following the Kagera earthquake in September 2016.
We should like to thank donors for their generosity in supporting these appeals. Funding for the Matongo Dispensary is complete, and you can read about our earthquake relief efforts here.