VID to conduct fundraising for community centre establishment 

DAR ES SALAAM: THE Volunteers in Development (VID), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) dedicated to support orphans, has announced its plan to conduct a fundraising event to collect 82.4m/- for establishment of a community centre.

The community centre is tailored to offer vital assistance to orphans. This facility aims to provide support in the areas of nutrition, education and access to various educational materials

Addressing reporters at a press conference held in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday, women representing the organisation emphasised their dedication to assist widows and orphans. They acknowledged these groups as facing several challenges within the society.

VID Chairperson, Tune Shaaban Salim highlighted that the organisation has steadfastly served widows and orphans under the care of guardians in their homes for more than a decade

“We have been serving orphans living with their caregivers in regions such as Coast, Mwanza, Dar es Salaam, Tanga and Zanzibar,” noted Ms Salim.

She noted, “Our support extends to orphans residing with their caregivers in various regions, including Coast, Mwanza, Dar es Salaam, Tanga and Zanzibar”.

She highlighted that over the last 12 years, they have successfully supported around 970 orphans.

Ms Salim underscored that the institution was established by a network of women connected through social media.

“Our organisation was formed by a network of women who met on Facebook and began assisting people with various social needs such as medical treatment, school fees and more as we were blessed,” explained the Chairperson.

She said that seeing the positive response and impact on the community, they recognised the importance of formally registering the organisation.

The fundraising event is set to take place on November 26 this year in Dar es Salaam with the distinguished presence of the Chief Mufti of Tanzania, Dr Sheikh Abubakar Zubeir, who is expected to grace the occasion

Ms Zubeda Shomari, VID spokesperson, clarified that the concept of creating a community centre originated from the endeavours to secure sustainable sources of income and ensuring the ongoing provision of VID services.

“The purpose of coming up with the idea of building a community centre is to improve service delivery to the community and eliminate the begging mentality to achieve the goals of having sustainable support,” expressed Ms Shomari, saying that the intention behind proposing the construction of a community centre is to enhance service delivery to the community and eradicate the reliance on begging, thereby achieving their objectives of aiding the community consistently.

She added that they anticipate the community centre which will span two floors will provide a range of services, including training in various manual skills such as tailoring, weaving and computer courses.

VID Manager, Kasimu Bakari reiterated the organisation’s commitment to fostering a better generation and society in the country.

“Through VID, we intend to assist children and stand with mothers who are deprived of their rights when they lose their husbands,” emphasised Bakari.

He also emphasised that the construction of the community centre will make a significant contribution to assisting community members facing challenges such as orphans, widows and less privileged individuals within households.

VID is a women-led organisation dedicated to assisting orphans, widows and various vulnerable individuals facing challenges in health and education. The organisation also advocates for the rights of children, women and other special groups.

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