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The purpose of this program is to ensure that less fortunate groups and others with special needs are made aware of their rights and that these legal rights are adequately protected. The program will also provide psychosocial support to women groups, widows, vulnerable children, orphans and their foster parents.
This project allows participants to work with a local Tanzanian non-government organisation and legal aid clinic, which is run entirely with the help of local and foreign volunteer workers. The work carried out provides a very real benefit for a disadvantaged section of Tanzanian society. Women in Tanzania, though legally enjoying many of the same rights as men, are traditionally not believed to have any such rights and many women are left destitute once their male family members are gone. The only lasting way to change this ingrained perception is through education of both men and women. The workshops carried out by this organisation seeks to break down the cultural barriers keeping women in ignorance and poverty.
The Legal Aid clinics also coach and empower clients with the necessary knowledge for legal and court procedures to enable them to represent their cases in court.