Rotary President Chelsea and Rotarion Roger were looking at some fun ways to raise much needed funds for Umoja and what better way they thought: "lots of people will pay money to see them being pushed out of a plane"! So a plan was hatched and tha date set for Thursday 26th August 2021 at 8am. Braunton Caen Rotary has been supporting Umoja for several years and in 2019 Chelsea had the opportunity to visit and see at first hand the work they do. Umoja currently rents a residental building to house the school with the finance manager working in the ensuite toilet as her office. 2 years ago they managed to purchase their own site and buildings and are now busy transforming them into suitable purpose built premises in which to enhance the lives of deserving youngsters. The Rotary Club of Braunton Caen was planning a working trip to visit last year, but due to travel restrictions were unable to, but hope to return in 2023 to see how the improvements have gone. If you would like to know more about Umoja, please look at their website.
At Umoja, we believe that young people have a right to lead lives free of poverty, abuse, and exploitation.
For a young person to thrive they need a holistic education, physical and mental health, and good livelihoods. At Umoja, we provide these services to vulnerable Tanzanian youth who we want to not only survive, but thrive. We provide the freedom and security needed to become the authors of their own lives.
We achieve this through three key programme areas: Education, Health & Welfare, Livelihoods.
The goal of the Umoja Social Enterprise Programme is to generate new, financially sustainable forms of impact for the Umoja Centre, create meaningful employment opportunities for our graduates and to empower our youth to break the cycle of poverty. We do this by working at the intersection of profit and purpose.
Umoja has partnered with Days for Girls International as well as a number of external supporters to manufacture and sell low-cost, reusable sanitary pads for girls and women. We also provide high quality menstrual hygiene health education and training to beneficiaries of this programme. Each reusable kit distributed lasts up to three years; the use of these kits helps keep girls in school during their period, which translated to 180 extra days at school for females, reducing the gender academic performance gap. With better attendance and performance, girls have more opportunity for academic success, thereby creating greater access to higher education and employment, further breaking down the cycle of poverty the cycle of poverty.
The non-commercial benefits of producing and selling sanitary pads are numerous. We (a) provide sanitary pads to women on low incomes, (b) address educational inequality for girls and women (c) build networks with other NGOs who act as distributors, (d) provide stable, formal employment for women, with a focus on Umoja’s beneficiaries and (e) raise awareness of the Umoja brand.
The programme may expand to include additional businesses in the future.
If you are interested in purchasing a kit / kits or funding the production of kits for vulnerable women and girls, please contact Margreth Raphael, our Social Entperprise Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org