USAID donates vehicle to support fight against FGM

09Apr 2020
Sabato Kasika
The Guardian
USAID donates vehicle to support fight against FGM

​​​​​​​UNITED States Aid for International Development (USAID) has donated a vehicle to support efforts against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Serengeti district in Marta region.

The vehicle, Land Cruiser Hardtop has been handed over to Mugumu Safe Home being run by Hope for Girls and Women Tanzania, a non governmental organisation (NGO) in Serengeti district.

Speaking after receiving the vehicle from USAID Tanzania resident director Andy Karas, the managing director of Hope for Girls and Women Tanzania Rhobi Samwelly said the centre cares for girls who run away from FGM,saying the vehicle was a promise from Karas during his recent visit to the centre.

Rhobi said the vehicle a commendable USAID assistance to the centre and urged for other sponsors to join efforts against FGM.

She said her NGO recognises and values US donations in the country especially in the sectors of agriculture, education, health, women and youth as well as good governance.

The NGO is a defender of women, girls and children rights which USAI Tanzania has recognised its efforts hence the vehicle assistance.

Rhobi said another safe home run by the NGO located in Butiama had donated a photocopy machine for primary and secondary schools in Buhemba Ward.

Rhobi said they bought the machine after receiving funds from sponsors and gave it to Butiama district council.

The primary schools that will benefit from the photocopy machine include Matongo, Biatika, Kinyariri, Buhemba, and Kyamko primary schools and Buhemba secondary school.

"It will be alright if the machine will be used to generate money but our aim is to use it in photocopying study lessons and examination papers,” she said.