By July 2017, TMF had commissioned 60 new rural dispatch projects. The projects were selected out of a total of 141 applications received in March/April 2017 and which all went through the ideation process. 37 out of the 60 grant recipients are getting a TMF grant for the first time. Each rural dispatch grant is valued at Sh4 million and the grantees have been contracted for a three-month period. All of them have submitted their final reports and media products in October and November 2017. 48 grantees out of 60 claimed impacts after publishing their stories. We have compiled top 10 impacts for you;
Peace was investigating how human activities have affected the traditional water sources of the green zone area in Bukoba Municipality, and causing more than 20,000 residents from 7 wards who entirely depended on source, to run shortage of water". Preliminary research conducted by Peace show that Bukoba which has 300,000 residents only 50,000 receive water from BUWASA, but the rest of the population depend on other source such as the green zone. On October 2017, Bukoba water supply and sanitation authority (BUWASA), repaired a device at Kashura, for a long period of time dwellers of Kitendagulo and Rwamishenyi experience the shortage of water. The decision to repair the device was reached after the Bukoba council notice that Peace is conducting the investigative story.
Hawa was investigating on why water shortage is still a problem and affecting many villages in Monduli District. After Hawa broadcasted her programs, on 18 October 2017, the Monduli-District Executive Director (DED) sent an experts-task force to initiate the process of drilling the water wells at Mbuyuni village. The DED has confirmed that process drilling has already started and is expected to be completed early 2018.
Benigna was investigate on why truancy in primary schools with no mid-day meal is very high in Mbulu district" According to preliminary research conducted by Benigna, 70 percent of students in primary schools do not get mid-day meals. The problem has affected also the performance in classes, Benigna did her research from Sanubary and Bashay primary schools which are in Dyomati ward. After broadcasting her programs, Mbulu education Officer (Modest Matle) order all heads of primary schools to start providing mid-day meals for pupils. On the other hand, the District Executive Director (Anna Mbogo), held a meeting with the heads of schools and order them to provide meals for pupils. On 9 October 2017, the Mbulu-member of parliament and water-engineer visited Qamara primary school to initiate the process of drilling the water well at the school.
The investigating story by Herieth Makweta, has resulted Kinyeto health centre,Singida to receive medicine and family planning services from Medical Stores Department (MSD). Centre’s supervisor doctor Joyce Temu has confirmed to receive medicine from the MSD. The echoes of the stories have reached NGOs and act as a catalyst for NGOs to provide awareness on family planning in Kinyeto Village.
Aidan was Investigating on how lack of education budget affects education development in Ukerewe. Ukerewe district was only disbursed with 32% of the allocated budget. As a result, 11 primary schools were closed down following the lack of pit latrines, leaving 5,000 pupils without attending their school lessons. On October 30, 2017 Mwanza-Education regional officer held a meeting with Ukerewe education office to set the strategies of ensuring schools have enough toilets. After publishing his stories, the Mwanza regional Commissioner called to Aidan and informing him that he has ordered all schools to build toilets.
Method Charles from Habari Maalum FM-Manyara, has reported that after interviewing the Director of Simanjiro district, on “Misuse of public funds Tsh 500,000,000 from investors at Loibosiret Simanjiro- Manyara. The Council has started to build students dormitory at loibosiret under the supervision of Director of Simanjiro district.
Mary Mwaisenye (Mwananchi, Mbeya), has reported that after her stories on “children working in mines who have been affected by chemicals”. Chunya district council has formed a special committee to provide education and awareness on children rights in Chunya. The committee has been effective since 28/8/2017.
On September 25, 2017, just a week before the publication of the first article on October 02, Namikango A Village Executive Officer, Wilfred Maolo told Nuzulack in a follow that water services had already started at Namikango ward after rehabilitation of the engine and water pump. Water service restoration was quicken following Nuzulack’s visit to the village and found the villagers had no clean and safe water for year due to the breakdown of the machine and the water pump. Also, water management is under a newly formed Community Owned Water Supply
Christopher’s stories published in Raia Mwema Newspaper, led the Government to give Tshs 21 Million to Buchosa district council in Mwanza for the purpose of constructing boat for combating illegal fishing along Victoria shores in Buchosa district. District Executive Director of Buchosa (Mr.Christian Luanda) has confirmed Songoro Marine company has won the tender to construct the boat. Few days after the publication of stories, the Buchosa-government conducted operation of finding the people involved with illegal fishing in Buchosa, the operations was very fruitful since 16 tons of fishing with the worthy of 92 Million was captured
investigate on why so many people living with HIV in Ushetu and Kahama Councils do not want to receive health service from CTCs near they live, instead they walk long distance in search for medication.Shinyanga Regional-Medical Doctor Amos Mwenda, has taken the action of delivering septrine tablets to Tinde health centre. Spetrine tablets are used by people living with HIV. The health centre-management held a meeting with staff to strategize the health services for people living with HIV infections.
Elieshi Lema was the first Chairperson of the TMF project’s Steering Committee and served in this capacity between 2008 and 2011. She was closely involved in the thinking that led to the formation of the TMF project and participated in setting it up between June and December 2008. This included playing advisory roles during the hiring of senior programme team members. Lema has a BA (Hons) in Literature in English from the University of Dar es Salaam and an M.A. in English (Creative Writing) from San Francisco State University. She also has a diploma in Management for Women Entrepreneurs and a certificate in Library Studies. She has served on the Boards of several African non-profits and led the implementation of projects in Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia, including on critical areas such as liaison with the donor community and governments.
Gervas Moshiro is a seasoned media trainer. He has vast experience in the electronic media, having worked at the then Radio Tanzania Dar es Salaam in various capacities. He was the Principal of the Tanzania School of Journalism before it became the School of Journalism and Mass Communications of the University of Dar es Salaam. A holder of an MA in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota (US), Moshiro was the Vice Chairperson of the TMF project’s Steering Committee (2008-2010) and a member of the Grant Selection Committee (2012 – 2015).
Robert Mihayo has worked closely with the TMF project since its inception in 2008, initially serving as Vice–Chairperson and subsequently Chairperson of its Grant Selection Committee. Mihayo’s academic background includes qualifications in information science, public administration, international relations and law while his professional background is in media and development. He has previously served as Chief Editor of the Business Times, a business and economic weekly newspaper, and Manager Information Access at HakiElimu, where he also oversaw the production of many of the organisation’s media products. Robert Mihayo
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