Children are at the heart of everything Childreach Tanzania does. We endeavour to promote a child-centred community development approach wherein the children, their families and their communities are owners of the development process. We believe that our legitimacy and authority as an organisation comes from prioritising the children themselves, in the context of their family and their wider community. Our work is underpinned by the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; we are guided by a policy that emphasizes on the best interests of the child at all times and adopt the non-discriminatory principle that all rights apply to all children without exception. The diagram below is a simple illustration of our perspective. Childreach Tanzania works at the grassroots level, forming genuine partnerships with local communities. We believe communities have the strength and willingness to overcome their own challenges and are best placed to understand the issues existing in their community. We strive to support local heroes passionate about improving the lives of children in their communities. Through our work with these agents of change we implement sustainable community led initiatives and support projects which enable community ownership at every stage of the project cycle.
Participation of communities is another essential requirement of our projects. By involving the children, their families and the wider community we foster a sense of ownership and encourage them to become stakeholders able to provide sustainable solutions to the poverty cycle and shape their own futures. We will actively pursue a scenario where every project we support actively, ethically and meaningfully involves all relevant actors (including children) in the decision making process for planning, implementation and evaluation, through which they are empowered to claim their rights and take responsibility for a project and its results.
Sustainability is an integral benchmark by which we evaluate the achievements of our projects and the manner in which we work. The strength of a project’s sustainability will often depend on the successful implementation of our three other approaches. We aim to facilitate results which have permanent value for those they aim to affect, the surrounding communities, the institutional capacity of governments, and the environment
Childreach Tanzania believes in a holistic approach to development. Through our partnerships, we facilitate simultaneous delivery of numerous and discrete initiatives which, when combined, are more effective than when delivered apart. This kind of multi-pronged approach, often sector-wide in scope, increases our impact.
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