Vocational skills enhancement to orphans leaving primary schools

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Southern New Hampshire University
The main objective of this project was to identify a range of problems facing Community through community need assessment and find a solution for the most major identified problem, solve it in collaboration with a Community Based Organization. A survey was conducted in Ndala Ward Shinyanga Municipality. A number of information gathering tools were deployed including; survey, review of records/documents, personal interviews, Focus Group Discussion (FGD), direct observations, and administering questionnaires to community elders, orphans and orphan's caretaker. The project findings show that there are orphans in the community and the causes of death of their parents are diseases accompanied by AIDS sings and symptoms. The information collected revealed that orphans do not get assistance from the community. It was also noted that problems facing orphans are access to education, medical services, food, clothes and deviant behaviors. The survey established major problem facing standard seven leaving orphans face difficult life in a community that hinder them to comfortably access to secondary education and vocational skills. According to these observation and recommendation given in this work, a vocational skills project proposal of "Enhancement of Vocational Skills to Orphans Leaving Primary Schools" has been developed and presented to NODWIC. The project is being implemented and funded by RAFIKI SDO and TAHEA by training 30 orphans in the field of tailoring and carpentry. This project seeks to enable orphans receive skills through vocational education to make them diversify livelihood and became self-reliance. (Author abstract)