Promotion of Rural Initiatives and Development Enterprises Tanzania PRIDE

Linked with Asha-Rose Migiro – Tanzania, and with HONOR YOUR PROMISE CRY THE ONDOA UMASKINI CAMPAIGN.

MDG-Campaign: By 2005 there were 950,000 children under the age of 18 years who had been orphaned by HIV/AIDS and another 1,500,000 who were destitute. AIDS is responsible for leaving vast numbers of children across Tanzania without one or both parents. The larger proportion of orphans have lost their parents to AIDS than to any other cause of death – meaning that, were it not for the AIDS epidemic, these children would not have been orphaned. The age of orphans is fairly consistent across all regions in Tanzania. Surveys undertaken by the Ondoa Umaskini campaign suggest that about 15% of orphans are 0-4 years old, 35% are 5-9 years old, and 50% are 10-14 years old. This has made the family structures fail to cope, thus the efforts by the Ondoa Umaskini campaign coming in to support the orphans. This is due to the fact that traditional safety nets are unraveling as more young adults die of AIDS related illnesses. (full text).

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About: The Tanzania Association of Non Governmental Organizations (TANGO) has been in existence since 1988.

The organization started with an initial membership of 22 founder organizations. TANGO has over the year continued to attract new members each year.

Like a tree during the fall TANGO has at times experienced “membership fatigue” which is characterized by some members dropping out of active participation and other new members taking up the active participation

Currently TANGO has a membership of total of 620 NGOs, most of which are regional and district networks, that have members in the regions of 50 plus. This makes the TANGO membership by proxy to be around 1500 NGOs.

It is against the above stated background that TANGO is said to be the largest and long-standing voluntary and self-organized national umbrella of Tanzanian NGOs.

TANGO has continued to pursue its initial goals of unifying the NGO sector and creating an enabling environment, by lobbying for a friendly NGO Act.

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