Save a baby, every day!

Meet Nina. She lived in Mwanza for 13 years and witnessed firsthand the daily struggles of living in rural Tanzania.

Now living in Perth, Australia Nina has spearheaded a charity called Australia for Cedar Tanzania (ACT).  She works closely with Cedar Tanzania, by supporting it to raise awareness of their funding needs. This is to ensure that Cedar Tanzania is able to continue its life changing projects in the Nyamatongo community.   

Nina’s first campaign as Founder and President of ACT is to help Cedar Tanzania crowdfund in order to raise AUD $5,400 (or USD $4,100). These funds  will purchase a neonatal resuscitation table for Kamanga Health Centre.

We currently average a birth a day at Kamanga Health Centre and although we all wish for every child birth to be perfect sometimes a newborn needs that little extra push to begin life. 

Right now, our first instance of help consists of a small foam mattress on a table. Not quite optimal for providing oxygen and first level of care.

Support Cedar Tanzania as they crowdfund for baby resuscitation equipment

Here’s what we’re doing about it

 Neonatal Resuscitation Table

Neonatal Resuscitation Table

Cedar Tanzania would love to purchase a Neonatal Resuscitation table to be able to give all the babies in Kamanga a great start in life. 

With this table and machine we can make sure baby is warm and comfortable and has the ability to take the first breath of life.

Having a Neonatal Resuscitation table will save babies. Every day!


You can join us

We need your help to make this equipment a reality. Imagine these were your circumstances. Help us save a baby. Every day.


We need AUD $5,400 (or USD $4,100) to purchase this equipment. Any additional funds will be used for shipping and import and for other life saving equipment for Kamanga Health Centre. 

Are you ready to join Nina and Cedar Tanzania “Save a baby, every day!” https://chuffed.org/project/save-a-baby-every-day

 

Look at these amazing perks that you can receive for your kind donation: 

$50 Hall of Fame

We'll put your name on the website, forever, to say thanks for helping out. Amazing!

 

$100 Greeting from a Mother

A photo with a greeting from one of the mothers in Kamanga, AND your name listed on our website.

 

$500 Celebrate

Limited to 5!

Celebrate your awesomeness with some Tanzanian bunting!

AND you get a photo with a greeting from one of the mothers in Kamanga AND your name listed on our website.

 

$1,000 You did it! Throw a party!

Limited to 5!

To help you throw a party to celebrate your generosity we will throw in a Tanzanian reversible apron and matching oven gloves!

AND you will also get some Tanzanian bunting AND a photo with a greeting from one of the mothers in Kamanga, AND your name listed on our website.

 

“Save a baby, every day!” https://chuffed.org/project/save-a-baby-every-day

 

 

 

 

 

Get tested. Know your status. Live.

On the 1st of December 2018 red ribbons donned the lapels of every team member from Cedar Tanzania and every special guest from Sengerema District Council. The beautiful grounds of Kamanga Health Centre also teamed with people from the community who came to hear talks about how getting tested for HIV/AIDS and knowing ones status could save ones life!

One of the most powerful events that took place during the celebrations, was the testimony of two mature gentlemen who had been living with HIV for over a decade. Their testimonies spoke of how they got tested and started taking medication that helped manage the HIV virus. Getting tested, and knowing their HIV status had helped save their lives.

Cedar Tanzania celebrated World Aids Day with fun filled activities too including tug of war games, egg and spoon races and the traditional game in Kamanga ‘catch the chicken’. But amongst all the fun and laughter serious issues surrounding the importance of individuals getting tested for HIV/AIDS and knowing their status was of paramount importance. Hence two tents were set up, one for Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) and the other for Care and Treatment (CTC).   

Cedar Tanzania is proud to say that over 500 people were tested and found out their HIV status at its Word Aids Day event. The presence of Kamanga Health Centre in the community will enable those with positive results to receive the proper follow up care that they will need in order to live a long life, even with a positive HIV status.

  

https://www.worldaidsday.org/  Get tested. Know your status. Live.

 

Meet a man changing lives!

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Albert Malusa in an Inspector at the Commanding Station in Kamanga. He recently joined the Station’s Violence Against Women (VAW) desk, as he has been trained to handle cases with issues of violence and abuse. Cedar Tanzania are excited to see that Inspector Malusa has joined Kamanga Police Station as this will greatly support our project SASA!, which aims to highlight issues of violence against women and girls in the community. Having the Inspector at the Police Station will ensure that there is a trained officer that will be able to sensitively handle cases of gender based violence.

We asked Inspector Malusa a few questions about his new post.

How did you first learn about SASA!?

“SASA! is a project being run by Cedar Foundation which explains the procedures to follow when coming across sexual violence. The SASA! project shows how to deal with issues of sexual violence within the community.

It wasn’t the first time for me to hear about issues of Violence Against Women and Gender Based Violence. I have previously heard about VAW and GBV from the NGO Kivulini, when they were educating people on issues around violence in the community.”

In your opinion, what needs to be done to prevent violence against women in your ward?

“Firstly people need to be educated on how to go against traditions and cultures that contribute towards violence against women and children and secondly the government should take serious action against those who display violent behaviour in the community.”

 

What should a woman expect if she comes to report an incident to you at the police station? e.g what process will she go through when she reports her incident? 

“A woman is supposed to get help from the police station for violence that she has experienced. The process that she will go through when reporting the incident is to approach the desk designated to gender issues which will have a police officer who has been educated on how to process sexual violence and disputes between married couples.  

On arrival she needs to go to an office known as the ‘Charge Room Office’ where she can make her complaint. In this office she will meet officers to whom she will briefly explain her complaint. After listening to her complaint, those officers will guide her to a specific office which has been created designated to interview people who have been sexually abused or assaulted. This is because the ‘Charge Room Office’ is very public and issues with regards to sexual violence are private hence the police have created a designated area whereby victims may go and explain incidents freely without fear. The officers in that office have also been educated on how to deal with situations linked to sexual violence. These officers will listen and advice the person and will open a case file.

If the woman is physically injured she will be given a form called P3 which will allow her to go to a health centre to get medical attention for her wounds. This same form is given to women who have been raped. The doctor will fill in the form and it will then be returned to the police station and it will be filed in the case opened for the woman.

After a woman files a complaint, she is interviewed and encouraged to identify the person who abused her. The police then arrests the person and keeps them under custody where they can interview them and keep them in a prison cell whilst they continue with the other procedures necessary and continue to find more information on the case. Once all the necessary information is gathered, the case is then taken to court for a hearing.

Cases of rape and sexual abuse have to be taken to court as they are severe crimes and must be handled according to the law.

In my experience, in many cases regarding violence against women, the community lacks the understanding on abusive behaviour because some types of abusive behaviour are a result of the traditions in Tanzanian culture.  For example some people in Tanzanian society believe that a man can beat his wife so that she knows that he is the one in charge and this is seen as something normal. Due to these cultural beliefs, when a woman reports her husband for beating her, the community isolates her, as in their view she is not supposed to report such matters as they are a normal part of life and that the correct thing for her to do is to tolerate her husband’s behaviour. A woman who reports abuse lacks support from people and because of this gradually she stops going to the court for hearings and even witnesses of the abuse do not show up during hearings or give their statements thus the only evidence in the end comes from the doctor’s report. A doctor’s report is very useful in cases such as rape and physical abuse.

In my experience, if the woman whom the man abused is not linked to him in any way for example she is not his wife or child etc, then the action taken against him becomes a lesson for the society and people in the community become scared. However, for those women who are linked to the man, if action is taken against the man, then even after he is freed he views the woman as not worthy of him as she reported him.

Sexual violence varies in terms of how long a person can be imprisoned, for example some who rape can be imprisoned for up to 30 years. In other cases such as injuring a person, the duration of imprisonment will depend on how badly the victim has been injured. Usually people who are released from prison for charges related to violence, are seen to have a great change in them and are used as an example to others in the community to stop abusive behaviour.”

 

 Support SASA! Donate today.

 

 

Thank you

Mark O’Sullivan, Country Director of Cedar Tanzania, shares his thoughts about the success of the Swiss 2018 Gala, which was held on the 6th of October and which raised an amazing $60,000 for Cedar Tanzania projects.

‘The thing I loved the most about the Swiss 2018 Gala was getting the chance to meet people thousands of kilometers away from Tanzania who are interested in and supportive of our work. It was great to meet people who lead very busy lives but yet care about what’s happening with those less fortunate than themselves. And I really enjoyed the conversations I was able to have in Switzerland about our work in Tanzania.

On the night of the gala, I was encouraged to see people giving so much. They gave by bidding for the various auction items and they also gave directly to the different projects Cedar Tanzania runs.

I have always believed that people are hungry to give; they just want to be confident that their hard earned money is going to go where they want it to go, and that it will actually make a difference. I think the supporters of Cedar Tanzania are confident that this will be the case with their donations.

To all those that gave so generously, I want to say thank you for your support! We cannot do what we do unless people like you give their precious time and hard earned money.  We will ensure that your money produces results on the ground and in the projects we operate.

At next year’s Gala, I’m looking forward to showing people the continuing progress Cedar Tanzania is hoping to make and the difference that donors’ support would have contributed to the success of each of our projects.

I want to give more people the chance to join our worldwide team of transforming people’s lives and communities here in Tanzania. This can be done by giving financially or by volunteering knowledge and skills. Whichever one you choose to give, please consider doing so now. Contact us. And thank you once again!’

Thank you for supporting The Cedar Foundation Tanzania. Watch and see what we have been able to achieve together this year.