Financial resource mobilazation for the WAHUJA community based organization

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Southern New Hampshire University
This project focuses on mobilization of financial resources to improve the performance of a Community Based Organization (CBO) that offer humanitarian services to HIV/AIDS victims, orphans and street children, through home based care. The Wanawake Katika Huduma Kwa Jamii (WAHUJA) which literally means Women in Provision of Social Services, is a Community Based Organization established in 2003 to care for vulnerable groups in Kilosa District, Morogoro Region, Tanzania. The overall outcome of the project is to boost the financial position of the CBO hence improve their performance and reduce poverty. The major problem identified during Community Needs Assessment of WAHUJA, was poor financial situation of the CBO that resulted to poor performance of the organization. Factors that led to poor financial condition of the CBO include lack of reliable internal and external source of fund. Others are lack of managerial and resource mobilization skills. The purpose of this study is to find means to overcome the problem of inadequate funding of the CBO, through the mobilization of the financial resource and capacity building in income raising skills such as project write-up, financial and credit management. The expected output from the project includes training of 22 members of WAHUJA in entrepreneurship skills, financial resources mobilization and establishment of reliable income generating activities. These outputs will enable the CBO to accomplish its goal of providing humanitarian services to victims of HIV/AIDS, orphans and street children. Improvement of financial resource capacity will lead to improving the living standards of WAHUJA members and the Kilosa community at large. Kilosa township is expected to benefit through reduced rate of crime resulting from removal of street children. Monitoring is conducted continuously while evaluation is to be conducted at the middle and at the end of the project. To ensure sustainability of the project, WAHUJA members have been trained on aspect of entrepreneurship skills so that they can be able to plan viable projects. They have also been trained to prepare a good and viable project write-up so that they can be able to approach various development partners to request for funding. (Author abstract)