The AVC Volunteer Center supports disadvantaged communities by bringing their stories and experiences to the attention of the public,
decision-makers and stakeholders.
The AVC Volunteer Center supports disadvantaged communities by bringing their stories and experiences to the attention of the public, decision-makers and stakeholders.
AVC programmes give volunteers the chance to visit or work within the communities
(schools, orphanages, hospitals and many other places) to learn and share experiences and knowledge. Activities can be conducted through workshops, seminars, and training.
AVC community programmes and projects are based on the following areas:
1. Human Rights and Policy Advocacy
AVC Volunteer Center provides an advocacy platform for vulnerable children, women, and people with disabilities to have their voices heard, to raise awareness of their rights, build empowerment and make communities accountable and more responsive to their needs
AVC is advocating for the rights of vulnerable groups in order to eliminate discrimination and other legal barriers that keep them in poverty.
AVC have several different initiatives:
• Teaching and Education: AVC Volunteer Center programs at schools and daycare centers have many work placements for volunteers. Many schools face a shortage of teachers and the right to education is AVC’s number one priority. It includes teaching, workshops, local training programmes, facilitation, and team buildings activities.
• Education and engagement with policy makers, communities and the public: the goal is to facilitate social change and protection of rights of children, and young women.
• AVC projects on the impact of drug abuse: these programs educate large numbers
of young people and children and encourage them to stay away from drugs and other harmful substances.
2. Economic Empowerment and Financial Education
This project empowers young people with the skills, inspiration and resources to take up productive ways to develop businesses and create employment opportunities for others.
For poverty reductions among the young men and women in Tanzania, AVC initiates
various empowerment programs.
These programmes benefits young women and men through conducting entrepreneurship training which facilitates income generating activities for small business owners and other groups in Tanzania. We work to help young people receive gainful employment through informal education within the communities. In order to develop competitive and sustainable economies, communities must have the capacity to plan for and take advantage of economic opportunities.
3. Civic Leadership and Capacity Building
AVC is committed to ensuring that governments and policy makers recognize and support the active role of young people in society at all levels. It participates in helping youth learn and practice leadership, problem solving skills, and decision making. We work to ensure that young people are significant contributors within their communities.
AVC Volunteer Center conducts the following:
• Street campaigns for homeless children: pilot initiatives involving youth led teams motivated and equipped with the technical skills to drive public demand for
• Empowerment of community members: discussing and designing strategies to prevent and eradicate violence against children and adolescents.
• After school programs: a series of workshops and seminars with the aim of investing in youth capacities for peace and stability, the promotion of democracy, good governance and civic participation through AVC Youth Clubs in various Secondary Schools and Universities
These AVC programmes aims to increase youth participation in decision making, enhance analytical and reasoning, and to create educational forums for discussing different issues while maintaining core values such as union, peace and solidarity .
4. Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights
AVC Volunteer Center organizes training concerning sexual and reproductive health to young people. It works to ensure that young people are engaging in safe sexual and reproductive practices that lead to healthy lives. Sexual and reproductive ill health is one of the most common health problems for women aged 15 to 44 in developing countries, where pregnancy, unsafe abortions, childbirth or harmful customs, such as female genital mutilation can endanger the lives of women.
Violation of girl’s rights to education in Pwani region is very high compare to other regions in Tanzania. According to the World Bank, Tanzania Education Reports from 2009, only 37% of girls’ progress to secondary school compared to 45% of boys, and are more likely to drop out before reaching secondary school. 40% of girls in sub-Saharan Africa including Tanzania are married as children. That's two in every five girls. Since all children deserve a good education and an opportunity to fulfill their dreams and reach their goals in life.
We have created different campaigns to solve the challenges:
• Awareness raising and advocacy on the impact of early and forced marriages and the prevention of the spread of HIV/AIDS.
• Entrepreneurship education and facilitation for victims returning back to school
This programme is implemented in different secondary schools in Dar es salaam, Pwani and nearby regions through capacity building to students, teachers, village leaders and community members.