About WAMA Foundation

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Wanawake Na Maendeleo (WAMA) Foundation is a non- governmental, non-profit organization founded by the Tanzanian First Lady, Mama Salma Kikwete in October 2006 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The main goal of the organization is to improve the life standard of women, girls and other vulnerable children through promoting them to access to education, health service: adolescent and sexual reproductive, maternal and infant, and capacity building for economic empowerment.

Despite Tanzania country efforts to improve socio economic status of people still poverty remain a major challenge especially for the majority of women and children living in the rural part of Tanzania. They lack access to post primary education, preventive and curative sexual reproductive and maternal and infant health services and financial and technical assistance for socio-economic and professional advancement. As a result, they become vulnerable to chronic poverty indicated by high maternal and infant deaths, early pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections including HIV and AIDS and income poverty.

WAMA joins other NGOs that serve the interests of women and children. The Foundation has a strategic plan to make significant contributions to Tanzanian women and their families through working closely with the government and donors.

WAMA’s overall objective is to improve social and economic advancement of women and girl children in Tanzania by increasing access to education, maternal, newborn health and sexual reproductive health services including HIV and AIDS.

The organization is focusing in achieving the following specific objectives:

  • To promote access to quality post primary education to girl child from poor and most at risk families by addressing strategic inhibiting factors.
  • To promote access to health and specifically sexual reproductive health services to women and girl child with a view to ensure gains made in girl child education.
  • To empower economically women from poor and most at risk families (targeting women-mothers/guardians of supported girl children) with a view to make them active and effective contributors to empowerment of girl child.

 

The organization operates through four Units:

Girl Child Education 
Health Promotion 
Women Empowerment and 
Orphans and Vulnerable Children(OVC)

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