CHRR wants GEWE  project to continue

Centre for Human Right and Rehabilitation Centre executive director, Timothy Mtambo has commended the Gender Equality and Women Empowerment Programe (GEWE) and asked for its continuation, saying the project has improved the lives of vulnerable people across the country.

Mtambo: Gewe has improved lives of many rural women
Mtambo: Gewe has improved lives of many rural women

Speaking during the final evaluation meeting held recently at Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) Mtambo said peoples’ lives in the rural areas has improved for the better.

“The project was good and we cannot just end it like that. When coming up with other projects, we must consider ways of coming up with a part two of the project for it has made some significant strides,” he said.

During a visit in Karonga, through its implementing partner which is CHRR, GEWE project managed to rehabilitate a disability friendly toilet in Nyungwe Village traditional Authority Mwerang’ombe, a toilet at  Phapa Primary School, and renovated a house for a teacher.

According to the area coordinator Kambozya Mwalwanda, the project has made great significant to the point that women are self empowerment and girls have gone back to school.

“In addition the project also built a disability friendly toilet which is currently servicing 22 disabled children. The toilet has helped in preventing all kinds of accidents and further lessened the job for the matron who was struggling to help the children,” he said.

In an interview, the matron for the school, Jane Mtawali said, it has been a dream come true for the children to have such a toilet.

She said many children are now able to visit the toilet on their own, including the blind ones without fear of falling.

“As recipients we can only give thanks, it has been a rough road for me, taking care of over ten children who are under 15 and disabled. It was not easy and I was escorting them to the toilet every now and then but with this toilet, I am very blessed,” she said.

Gewe which was being implemented in 13 districts with funding from European Union {EU}.  It was being implemented by the ministry of gender, children, disability and social welfare in conjunction with UNFPA.

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