ONGOING PROJECTS
Mara Region - Tanzania

A new safe house for
Hope for Girls and Women

girls walking with banners
THE CURRENT PROBLEM
Female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) has long been practiced in various parts of the world. The practice is still prevalent in 29 countries on the African continent despite decades of campaigning to eradicate it.

The founders and ambassadors of Be11a JS had the honour of visiting a much needed refuge for women and girls fleeing FGM, gender-based violence (GBV) and forced marriage in the Mara Region, Tanzania. Although the current facility is currently doing exceptional work, it is a rented facility, which limits the sustainability and scalability of the services provided.

OUR SOLUTION
We aim to support the project of replacing the rented safe house in the Serengeti District with a permanent facility owned by the organisation, thereby enhancing the security, capacity, and sustainability of the support services provided to beneficiaries.
The foundation has committed to supporting efforts against Female Genital Mutilation, gender-based violence, and forced marriages in Tanzania.
EXPECTED OUTCOMES
INCREASED STABILITY AND SECURITY: Ownership of the safe house ensures long-term security and stability of its operations, allowing for uninterrupted services.
ENHANCED CAPACITY: The new facility is designed with the specific needs of the beneficiaries in mind, potentially increasing the number of individuals who can be housed and supported at any given time.
SUSTAINABILITY: The one-time investment in construction eliminates ongoing rental expenses, directing more funds towards direct services and program expansion.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND OWNERSHIP: The construction process and ongoing operations involve local community members, fostering a sense of ownership and responsibility towards the project, and promoting local economic activity.
EMPOWERMENT THROUGH IMPROVED SERVICES: The new safe house will include space for vocational training and workshops, counselling services, and legal support, significantly enhancing the empowerment and rehabilitation of the women and girls.
CHALLENGES AND RISKS
CONSTRUCTION DELAYS: Potential delays due to weather, supply chain issues, and logistical challenges.
CULTURAL RESISTANCE: Continued advocacy is needed to address local resistance against changing the traditional practices of FGM and forced marriages.
MONITORING AND EVALUATION
• Regular updates on construction progress.
• Annual assessments to measure the increase in capacity and the number of beneficiaries served.
• Feedback collection from beneficiaries and local stakeholders to gauge the effectiveness of the services provided and areas for improvement.
CONCLUSION
The foundation's investment of £44,000 will support the project of building a permanent safe house in Tanzania , represents a significant step towards sustainable support for women and girls at risk of FGM, GBV, and forced marriages. This project will not only enhance the physical and psychological safety of vulnerable populations but will also support broader goals of social change and empowerment within the community. The foundation will continue to monitor the impact of this project through close collaboration with the founder of Hope for Women and Girls, Ms. Rhobi Samwelly, ensuring that the goals align with our theory of change and strategy.
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