Plan International has been applauded for its efforts to improve the livelihoods of communities in Kisarawe district.
The remarks were made by Kisarawe MP Jafo Seleman Jafo during the marking of Plan’s 75th anniversary and its 20 years of operations in the country.
He said Plan has been in the forefront of safeguarding fundamental human rights.
“Plan has implemented a lot of projects which aim at improving access to financial services, education and the establishment of sustainable a micro-finance industry with a wider outreach,” said Jafo.
The MP said that what Plan has so far done in Kisarawe and beyond was impressive as it has been working in the areas of health, education, vocational training, water, microfinance, agriculture and children's rights.
"Plan is always committed to seeing to it that the lives of children is changed for the better by providing free health medical services," he said, adding: “The results can be clearly observed, the most impressive being their contribution to the communities taking an active role in the planning and implementing of projects for their own development.”
He urged other NGOs in the country to emulate what Plan does by working closely with the government in order to improve the lives of many Tanzanians.
For his part, Plan International Country Director David Muthungu said that the NGO planned to enable each child's birth to be officially registered.
“We take it for granted that every child celebrates his or her birthday…just as we, as an organization, are celebrating the 75th birthday of Plan, and yet millions of children can not mark such occasion because their births are not registered,”he said.
He said despite legal obligation, thousands of children in Tanzania and the world as a whole are still not registered at birth, noting that this lack of birth registration is both a symptom and a cause for underdevelopment in the countries where it occurs.