Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Foreign-Funded Aids Project Earmarked to Wind Up This Year

THE United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded programme under the Development Alternative Inc's project is set to wind up its operations in the country next December, after four years of efforts to improve the economic status of households affected by AIDS.

The project chief of party, Ms Collen Creen, said in Dar es Salaam over the weekend that the project, dubbed IMARISHA, focused on improving multisectoral AIDS responses to incorporate economic strengthening for households affected by AIDS.

Ms Creen made the remarks at the ends of a twoday training for IMARISHA staff on how they would cope with new life after the project ended. "We have been working here in Tanzania since 2011 on economic strengthening for households affected by AIDS.

IMARISHA is forging a common language between the health and economic-strengthening communities to foster more effective programming, innovation, smart partnership and others." Ms Creen noted.

Speaking on the same occasion, head of training and coaching from Peak Performance International Tanzania, Ms Claudine Muthama, reminded the participants about the importance of revisiting their belief system.

"You should know that life was there before IMARISHA and will still be there after it has ended. Many people have been failing to unleash their potentials due to their belief system. If you believe in negative things your body will also respond negatively," she noted.

She further explained that the actions and behaviour of any person was deeply rooted in the belief system of the respective community.

Mr Greyson Edward, an accountant with IMARISHA, applauded Peak Performance International, the firm that organised the training, saying the guidance to their staff was timely and thematic.

"This training has been like an eye-opener to me and to my colleagues as well. I have come to realise that job contracts are not lifelong, meaning workers should be prepared to accept a new environment at anytime and anywhere," he said.

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