Forever Projects

Project: A forever change to Tanzanian women facing extreme poverty

Location: Four districts (Arusha, Geita, Mwanza & Tanga) in Tanzania

Duration: 1 year

Requested Amount: $40,000 from a total project cost of $478,205. This grant will be used to fund nutrition (formula milk and peanut butter), crisis care (mosquito nets and medicine) and business setup costs.

 

Overview

Over a year, this program will work with 280 women who cannot provide for their newborn baby, providing immediate nutrition and crisis care, followed by business start-up support and mentoring to provide them and their family with a financially secure future.

 

Who is the organisation and what is their mission?

Forever Projects partners with women in Tanzania to break the cycle of poverty and create a self-sustaining future. They empower women to build strong, connected families and live with dignity and hope.

 

What is the project that the 100 Women grant will support?

The grant will enable the expansion of an already established, successful project that focuses on the immediate needs of women unable to feed their newborn baby then continues to help them and their families thrive.

This grant will provide immediate nutrition and crisis items such as medicine and mosquito nets for women and their babies as well as training in hygiene and disease prevention. This immediately improves their quality of life. Weekly food and health clinic visits will be complemented by skill building sessions, an economic needs assessment, business start-up support and ongoing mentoring to move themselves out of poverty.

 

Who is the project for? Who else will benefit?

This project will support 280 women (aged 15-65 years) who are in crisis and cannot feed their babies. Some of these women are caretakers of newly orphaned babies, others are severely malnourished themselves and cannot produce enough breastmilk for their child.

As improvements to the health and economic situation of these women will impact the whole family, the total direct number of beneficiaries is 1,736 (280 women x 6.2 = average family size of participants).

Indirect beneficiaries include extended family members, neighbours, village and the broader community.

 

Why is the project needed – what is the need or opportunity that is being addressed?

In Tanzania, 60% of females live in extreme poverty. When a poor woman is unable to feed her newborn or dies in childbirth the prohibitive cost of formula often leaves the surviving family with little choice: risk losing this child to malnutrition or surrender it to institutional care in the hope this saves their life.

This project addresses a compelling need, focusing not just on immediate health requirements but helping women regain their dignity and earn an income. It is implemented by local teams of nurses, social workers and community development officers with a strong performance history to date.

 

Why is the solution the best answer to the identified need or opportunity?

With over ten years of experience in operating a baby home and malnutrition clinic, Forever Projects identified the need for women to be supported beyond the crisis stage of nutrition and developed a program to enable the women to move from poverty to independence.

The Forever Projects teams observed that even with nutritional assistance, many women they worked with faced barriers to regaining incomes that once supported them. Forever Projects acknowledges and accommodates for the barriers that the women are facing and works collaboratively on a business opportunity that meets their unique needs.  To date, over 950 women have been supported, with 91% increasing their income by an average of 407% and living self-sufficiently with their healthy babies.

Forever Projects uses a social franchise model to operate on the ground. Its original partner has now trained three other social enterprises to conduct the same program in different regions. Local teams purchase and provide the identified business start-up supplies, reducing the risk and increasing accountability.

 

What are the planned outcomes as a result of the project?

This project has already demonstrated significant impact, with considerable reductions in babies left in care and significant improvements in the health of the mother, baby and family upon completion of the program.  The program has also demonstrated positive economic outcomes for the participants. Impact data is shared transparently via a live impact dashboard.

In line with previous impact, the project’s outcomes are planned to be:

  • 98% of at-risk babies reach weight and growth markers by six months
  • 91% women increase income after 12 months
  • 92% women will report an increase in their hope for their child’s future; and
  • 92% increase in disease knowledge and prevention.

 

Are there any notable partners or collaborators?

Forever Projects implements this project across Tanzania using a social franchise model with local delivery partners Forever Angels, Neema House, Walk in Love, and Pamoja Leo. These are like-minded non-government organisations operating in the field of child abandonment and malnutrition best practice. Partners are trained by Forever Projects staff and work closely with other teams to ensure project success.  The program referral networks also include local hospitals and police.

Global Development Group and the Tibra Capital Foundation assist in collecting, measuring and understanding data to provide a clear understanding of project impact.

 

Links

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