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Kagera Community Development Trust gets U.S. funding to promote women’s rights

June 11, 2008
Receiving the check from U.S. Ambassador Mark Green is (from right) KADET Project Manager Paul Kagombora, Catherine Kemilembe and Bernard Buhungiro.

Receiving the check from U.S. Ambassador Mark Green is (from right) KADET Project Manager Paul Kagombora, Catherine Kemilembe and Bernard Buhungiro.

The U.S. Embassy has given a $22,000 USD grant to the Kagera Community Development Trust (KADET) from the Democracy and Human Rights Fund (DHRF) on behalf of Muleba District women. The fund will be used to promote women’s legal rights to land and property inheritance in Muleba District.

Presenting the check to KADET officials, U.S. Ambassador Mark Green said the DHRF is a special program that strives to support and strengthen democracy in Africa, and to build respect for human; civil; and political rights. Projects funded under this program are initiatives proposed by community groups in Tanzania. They address issues identified by the community members themselves. These grants are designed to provide direct, community-based assistance in order to make big improvements in Tanzanians’ lives.

Ambassador Green said, “As you well know, it is not uncommon for Tanzanian women to lose ownership of their deceased husband’s property because they do not understand their inheritance rights. KADET has witnessed and tried to help the many widows left destitute after unlawfully losing their right to their husband, or father, or siblings’ property following their death. In response to this iniquity, KADET requested this Democracy and Human Rights grant to educate the people of the Muleba District concerning women’s inheritance rights.” KADET intends to conduct seminars, workshops, and multimedia presentations with the funds provided.

Over a nine-month period, KADET plans to educate over fifty percent of Muleba’s adult population, both women and men. KADET believes that these seminars will empower the women of Kagera with the knowledge and confidence to claim property that they have rightfully inherited.

KADET’s commitment to the growth of Tanzania’s democracy and human rights is the reason they have received this grant from the American People. An educated and active populace will assure continued growth and stability in Tanzania; the actions of citizens groups like KADET will assure that all Tanzanians, young and old, men and women, are able to benefit from the rewards of a democratic society.

This assistance from the American people is part of overall U.S. Government direct and multilateral assistance to Tanzania of more than 750 billion Tanzanian shillings this fiscal year.