Community Outreach

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Community Outreach

At Walk In Love we are helping families because strong families build strong communities. We believe that empowering the community is the most important part of our organization. We are doing community outreach on multiple fronts. We have intentionally located our programs in areas of significant need to be easily accessible. The areas of outreach we focus on are Community Health, Advocacy, and Women’s Empowerment. All of these initiatives are interwoven with the families participating in our daycare project and living in our local community.

Children drinking porridge

Community Health

The Community Health outreach is part of a national outreach called Maisha Matters. Founded in Mwanza, Tanzania by Forever Angels baby home, Maisha Matters is a highly successful program to assist at risk families. Often times babies get put in orphanages after their mothers die in childbirth. Partnering with the Ministry of Social Welfare and local hospitals, the aim of Maisha Matters is to keep babies with their families from the very beginning by providing formula to families and doing weekly health education and weight checks for these at-risks infants.

Malnutrition is another huge problem facing the families in our area. Corn based porridge is the main food source. With lack of proper protein and fresh vegetables, many children suffer from malnutrition seriously effecting their health and development.

Maisha Matters empowers Tanzanian families to care for their children. Click here to read more about this program.

Woman at Doctor's office

Advocacy Initiative

The Advocacy Initiative is available to those families involved in our daycare projects and families enrolled in Maisha Matters. The main goal of advocacy is to increase individual and family access to medical and legal resources in the community. We work to connect families and individuals to quality medical and legal resources in such a way that they are able to navigate their health and legal needs with confidence. The goal of the Medical Advocacy Initiative is to improve the access to quality, local healthcare. This effort results in decreased medical malpractice and misdiagnosis, which is so common in the Arusha healthcare system. The goal of the Legal Advocacy Initiative is to improve access to legal protection from such common practices as withholding wages, unequal pay for women, protection for battered spouses, and knowledge of rights.

Women studying

Women’s Empowerment

The Women’s Empowerment program was born out of the need to support the hardworking women in our community. Women are the backbone of the Tanzanian family. Research has proven that when women are supported and empowered, all of society benefits. Their families are healthier, more children go to school, agricultural productivity improves, and income increase. In short, communities THRIVE. We are empowering women through small business loans, education, and community resources such as our daycare program. With a safe place to leave their children, education in business management, and a small loan, the women in our program will be able to transform their family and community, and end the cycle of poverty.