A DAR ES SALAAM based Non-Governmental Organisation has launched a fundraising campaign aimed at collecting 286m/- to support 40 women and children who have been affected by gender based violence.
Speaking in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the founder of Sadaka Network, Dr Ibrahim Misenge said the campaign involves local and international organisations, including the Aga Khan Hospital, Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) and Women for Women Organisation from the United States of America.
The money collected in the campaign running under the slogan 'Give back a smile on their face', will help finance plastic surgery to remove scars that victims of gender based violence (GBV) have on their bodies.
He said a popular local actress, Ms Yvonne Cherry, also known as Monalisa is the ambassador for the project.
"Every Tanzanian is responsible to support the project, no matter the amount of money. We plan to start the exercise on 27th this month. The project will involve victims from all the regions countrywide," he said.
The project also involves the Sheikh of Dar es Salaam Region, Mr Alhaj Mussa Salum and the Bishop of the Anglican Church in Dar es Salaam, Mr Jackson Jackson.
Speaking on the same occasion, Sheikh Salum said supporting the fundraising is part of worship to God, and urged the public regardless of their religions to support the project.
"The acts of gender violence have left many women and children with visible and invisible scars. Through the project we will help them to smile again and bring back their joy," he said.
On his part, Bishop Jackson said the project will help to free the victims of gender violence who are hiding due to scars they have on their bodies. He advised the general public to stop gender violence as the acts are against instructions of God.
The Ambassador for the project, Ms Cherry said it is now time for the public to change their attitude and stop patriarch system which has been mentioned as one of the major causes of gender violence in the community.
"It is time for the general public to join efforts in supporting the project that aims to help victims of gender violence acts. I also remind the people to stop gender violence because God created us to enjoy life under the sun, and not otherwise," she said.