ABBOTT FUND PROGRAM
Orphans and Vulnerable Children Program started in 2003 funded by Abbott Laboratories of America under the Step Forward Program. The Program focused on Orphans & Vulnerable Children (OVC) and Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT).
1.1 Paralegal Services
Community Paralegal Aid Services commenced since 2006, covered all wards and Village in Muheza District. The program was established due to the fact that, vulnerable groups such as Orphans and Widows were not getting their legal rights of inheritance. This was tied with the shortage of the legal service providers and expensive fees of the same, for the reason that in the District has one Council Attorney, 1 Senior District Magistrate, and 4 other Primary Court Magistrates serving 33 Wards. As an intervention to improve the situation, it was crucial to train people drawn from the community itself. Therefore, Muheza District has established 163 Paralegal Centers having 600 Paralegal Volunteers.
1.2 Program Management:
The program is under the administration of District Executive Director who administers all Programs in the District. Also there is District Treasurer to coordinates the financial system and District Solicitor for consultation and guidance on Paralegal matter, on the other side this program had one District Paralegal Focal person who facilitate and supervise day to day paralegal activities in the District, 4 paralegal focal persons at Division level and 33 Ward paralegal focal persons who supervise and collects reports from villages.
1.3 The Program Implementation
The Abbott Fund activities carried out as herein follows:
1.Supervision of paralegal activities and collection of reports.
2.Refresher Training for Paralegal volunteers and Village Leaders;
3.Initiating, Supporting and supervising the Income Generating Activities (IGA);
2.0 Work executed description
2.1 Supervision and collection of the paralegal activities and reports
In the year 2017 the Ward, Division and District Focal persons worked hand in hand in supervising and making follow up for Abbott Fund activities and succeeded to collect the report quarterly as outlined below:-
1.Cases received were 6,323 whereas 5,754 solved and 569 referred to Village and Ward tribunals as well as in Court of law;
2. The trend of the received cases justifies that these services are highly demanded and are the most significant to the community especially in remote areas where the lawyers and advocates services are seldom found and unfavorably to those people with low income.
3.0. Training for Paralegal Volunteers and Village Leaders
i.600 Paralegal Volunteers and Village leaders were trained as an attempt for capacity building and improving their performance towards paralegal services. The training for this year was done at Muheza, Bwembwera, Ngomeni and Amani Divisions. The training covered the following topics: issues on Human Rights, Matrimonial, Bequest and Succession, The legal counseling skills guidelines The human rights guidelines for land dispute settlement as per land Act, 1999, as well as the limit of their work in relation to the law.
3.1 Initiating, Supporting and supervising the IGA’s
The IGAs Groups were chosen and supported in the following areas , namely TONGWE, BWEMBWERA KWAMKABALA, KISIWANI,POTWE, KILULU KICHEBA and SHEBOMEZA IGA followed byTongwe,Bwembwera Kwamkabala, Kisiwani, Potwe,Kilulu Kicheba and Amani. Ward respectively engaging in Poultry keeping, Beekeeping and Hiring Utensils Groups were given a total of 43,075,977 Shillings to develop their Projects. Through this support, the group’s activities will be improved and in turn will sustain the OVC services