- To increase community awareness and understanding about women and children’s rights
- To stand for and promote women and children’s rights
- To enhance the abilities of widows and orphan caregivers to engage in income-earning businesses
- To support widows and caregivers’ initiatives to start, develop and manage income-earning businesses
- To provide direct support for education of orphans, vulnerable and most vulnerable children (OVC/MVC)
- To identify, collaborate and network with other civil society organizations (CSOs) interested or engaged in promoting women and children’s rights
- Belief in the resilience and strength of women and children Women and children are the present and future. We believe that women and children are resilient and are able to rise above many challenges. We believe that women and children should be treated as partners, present and future leaders, and important community members worth listening to rather than as mere housewives and recipients of services. We encourage others to value women and children in this way. We believe that women and children are experts in their own lives and that we should take seriously what women and children are saying.
- Respect for community ownership and local leadership
As grantee and community projects implementer, we are careful not to undermine community ownership. A community’s ownership and investment in finding its own solutions to local problems is essential to sustainability of many projects we implement. We seek to learn from and to work in partnership with the community and local leadership. Our philosophies and strategies are informed by practical experience in the field. We listen to members of our target communities and we adapt our strategies accordingly to become more effective.
Being collaborative We value collaboration for many reasons, but first and foremost because we know that the scale and scope of the problems arising from violation of women and children’s rights in Africa requires it. We actively engage in networking and in sharing information, resources, and ideas with peer organizations. We initiate strategic partnership with like-minded organizations to extend the impact of our efforts by facilitating information exchange, enabling joint advocacy on key issues, and encouraging the leveraging of funds.
Investing in professional staff and outside expertise Our staff is informed and experienced in grants management and is credible and respected in the wider donor community and in the field. The high caliber of Matumaini Mapya’s team differentiates and enables our work as grantee- organization. We support internal communication and team building, and we invest in the well-being and professional development of our staff. We furthers seek to deepen and broaden our expertise and effectiveness through a wide circle of advisors, consultants, and other outside sources.