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Tasaf launches programme on elders, children living in poverty

25th May 2012
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Tasaf Managing Director, Ladislaus Mwamanga

The Tanzania Social Action Fund (Tasaf) has embarked on monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of a programme that supports elders and children living in abject poverty in three pilot districts of Chamwino in Dodoma, Bagamoyo and Kibaha in the Coast Region.

The aim is to examine the benefits and challenges during its first and second phases before starting to implement the third phase.

Tasaf Managing Director Ladislaus Mwamanga said in the third phase there would be improvements in terms of application forms.

Speaking before Hondogo beneficiaries in Hondogo Bagamoyo District on Tuesday, Mwmanga said the government had received US$400 million from the World Bank for improving service provision to the beneficiaries, adding that evaluation was on progress to identify areas for improvements. He said currently the organisation had 5,000 households in place with about 15,000 people benefiting from the programme but after evaluation, the organisation would expand its operations to 25,000 households to cover 100,000 people.

Earlier, the beneficiaries called upon Tasaf to look into a possible way of increasing support due to increased inflation. They said allowances provided to them were too low to cater for current life expenses.

Elizabeth Jumbe (78) said she lived with a grand son, whose parents had died and the little amount she received was also spent on paying for his school fees.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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