Integrated Early Childhood Development (IECD)

This program is the key focus of Amani Girls Home. It intends to strengthen the capacity of families and local community structures to support vulnerable children (particularly girls) by providing access to preschools, pre-primary education, and feeding programs within the targeted communities. We were driven to initiate this program by the fact that in Tanzania, vulnerable children (particularly girls) have limited chances to access education due to socio-cultural and economic barriers such as the HIV/AIDS pandemic, poor economic status within their families, and negative attitudes that dis-empower vulnerable children (particularly girls) from early ages on through to adulthood. Under this program, AGH has implemented a project titled CIRCLE (Child Inclusive Radical Care and Learning). The goal is to mainstream vulnerable children into schools and safe and supportive communities.

AGH works with local community structures and people at grassroot level, mobilizing and creating links between them in order for them to support the ECD program. AGH works to build up the capacity of surrounding communities and the socio-economy of vulnerable households until they themselves can support their children and help them get access to quality ECD programs within the community.