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News Release

ARISE officially launches in Tanzania

Tanzania | 25 May 2016

ARISE officially launches in Tanzania

ARISE has officially launched its program in Tanzania at a ceremony in Morogoro with guest of honor, Dr Abdallah Possi, Deputy Minister of State Prime Minister’s Office; Labour, Employment, Youth, Policy, Parliamentary Affairs and Disabled.

The launch follows a preparatory assessment conducted in the country during the past 12 months, and the Program will operate in three districts: Uyui, Urambo and Kaliua in Tabora Region. These districts were selected due to a high number of farmers and the vulnerability of children to labor. The objectives of ARISE will remain the same, namely to promote access to quality education for children, raise awareness of the need to eliminate child labor, economically empower communities, and improve legal and regulatory frameworks by working with governments

Social conditions exacerbating the issue of child labor in Tanzania are similar to those in Malawi and Zambia, where ARISE has been successful for several years. Relying on best practices developed in those countries, one way the Program will fight child labor in Tanzania is by fostering the economic empowerment of vulnerable mothers through agribusiness training and establishing village savings and loans groups.

Oscar Lwoga, ARISE Program Manager in Tanzania says, ‘Studies show that economic empowerment of women is vital in the fight against child labor since women are carriers of the household economy, and once economically empowered, women put much emphasis on the education and wellbeing of children.’

The program will also empower communities and stakeholders to identify structural and emerging causes of child labor and enable them to find community-led solutions.

ARISE aims to end child labor in communities where JTI sources tobacco leaf. We work with those directly affected and with others who have the power to change things. Our initiatives are developed and delivered in collaboration with tobacco-growing communities, social partners and governments.