Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

15 March 2014

Tanzania: Firm Names Three Winners of Projects to Assist Children

THE Tigo Reach for Change initiative, has announced its three winners who are to implement their innovative projects that will help solve children's problems and improve their lives.

The winners, Mrs Faraja Nyalandu with the project called Shule Direct, Ms Joan Avit with GraphoGame Tanzania project and Ms Carolyne Ekyarisiima with her project dubbed Apps and Girls; will receive 25,000 US dollars each year for three consecutive years.

This was said at a press conference on day in Dar es Salaam by Mr Eduardo Quiroga, on behalf of Tigo General Manager, that one of Tigo's policy is to contribute to society and bring about positive change, and that Reach for Change scheme provides a good opportunity to do so.

"Most important investment one can make is in children as they are the future and that is why we have focused in solving their problems," said Mr Quiroga.

He added that the innovative ideas brought forward by participants show that even Tanzania can contribute to bring their own changes for the nation's development and not depend on outsiders for help.

Reach for Change, a non-governmental association which began in Sweden, has a vision to mobilise movement and help children with problems, who have their own prospective future ahead of them by helping social entrepreneurs to put into practice their innovative projects, said Mr Jacob Stedman, the Deputy CEO of Reach for Change.

The two companies started the initiative in Tanzania since 2012, and came out with its first three winners in 2013, and from November last year the second competition was launched and three winners were found, said Mr Stedman.

"We start with social entrepreneurs by assisting them financially and training, help them grow and when they have expanded we leave them to continue with their projects," added Mr Stedman.

Reach for Change is now supporting 50 social entrepreneurs whereas 25 are in Africa with six from Tanzania and the other 25 are from Europe and Asia.

The entrepreneurs are now helping over a million children around the world, he added. All these projects solve different problems including child abuse and assist vulnerable groups, and as a means solving a problem, he said:

"It is better to teach a person in need how to fish, instead of providing a fish as it will not solve the problem for long."

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