Reproductive Health Education Starts in TarimeThe Diocese of Tarime has launched reproductive health education program in the government primary (elementary) schools in Tarime. The purpose of the program is to sensitize children in school children about the consequences and dangers of female genital mutilation, HIV/Aids, teenage pregnancy and pre-marital sex. So far, 710 children, aged 11-16, have been reached. Of these, 374 are girls and 336 are boys. The 6 schools where the sensitization program has taken place so far are Mapinduzi and Azimio in Tarime town; Sirari and Nyairoma at border with Kenya, and Keryoba Nyangoto and Matare in Nyangoto near Barrick North Mara Gold Mine.Speaking at the launch of this program in October, Bishop Mwita Akiri said, “Female genital mutilation is one of the crude and outdated cultural practices in our society here in Tarime that not only violates women’s rights but also spreads HIV/Aids. We must tackle it head on. We must prevent early marriages in our society that come soon after circumcision for most girls. We must defend the freedom and the rights of women and young girls and work with them for a better future. I firmly believe that the primary school is the right place to start this campaign”. Bishop Mwita added, “I am most grateful to Caroline Honsberger and her colleagues in Canada for helping us to kick-start this program. More resources are needed to continue this campaign. I pray that God will make them available to us.”
Wall completed at Mangucha Parish churchA small congregation of 15 or so has completed the construction of the wall of their new church through self help. Commenting on this progress, the Diocesan Bishop, Dr Mwita Akiri said, “This is a great and encouraging achievement not only for the congregation at Mangucha, but for the Diocese as a whole. It is humbling to see what a small group of determined and committed Christians and their pastor can achieve in God’s name and for God’s glory! This and all other church buildings in the Diocese will be used for worshipping God, collecting drinking water through the roof, and for hosting community meetings.” Bishop Mwita added, “The partnership scheme under which these churches have been built requires that each congregation erects the wall and I raise money to assist with the roofing costs. “The ball is now in my court. I am grateful to people in the Diocese and beyond who have shown interest in supporting these projects and are willing to help”. Three other congregations have completed erecting the wall too. These are Nyagisya, Gamasara, and Nyakunguru. The fourth, Nyabitocho, has just received financial assistance from their companion parish in the United Kingdom towards the roofing costs. Mogabiri, Bugumbe (Renchoka) and Bunchari parishes have walls going up. Kerende, Buhemba and Rebu parishes have the foundations built already and will soon start erecting the wall.
Diocese of Tarime Sponsors Soccer TournamentThe Diocese of Tarime has sponsored a peace soccer tournament in Tarime and Rorya districts that started in August and will end in September. The Diocese provided all the soccer balls needed for the competition known as Polisi Jamii Cup, or Community Policing Cup. In a brief ceremony at the Regional Police Commander’s office on August 8, 2012, Bishop Mwita Akiri said that it is the duty of all citizens including young people to abide by the law at all times and that young people must not provoke the police or take part in any crime. Equally, the Bishop urged the police to uphold high ethical standards when carrying out their duties and refrain from unlawful arrests and excessive use of force that some within the force are often accused of in Tarime and other parts of Tanzania. He said such acts are against human rights as enshrined in the constitution. Moreover, they can alienate good citizens who might otherwise assist the police in identifying and bringing criminals to justice.The competition is taking place in Tarime and Rorya districts. Bishop Mwita handed the balls to the Police Commander for the Tarime/Rorya Special Zone, ACP Justus Kamugisha. The main aim of the tournament is to promote peace in Tarime and encourage all citizens to be law-abiding without being forced to do so by the police.
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