Assessment of Psychosocial Well-being of Orphans in Tanzania: A Case of Three Orphanage Centres in Moshi Municipality

Mbangwa, Zabibu Khamis (2013) Assessment of Psychosocial Well-being of Orphans in Tanzania: A Case of Three Orphanage Centres in Moshi Municipality. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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The situation of orphans in sub-Saharan Africa is terrible as compared to Europe. This situation causes million of deaths in sub-Saharan Africa. In sub- Saharan Africa, orphans have been face by many challenges in their life. The challenges in most cases results to poor standard of living of orphans and altemately leads of orphans’ dealth. This is due to failure to identify orphans’ needs and failure address the challenges facing orphans and orphanage centers. This study presents psychosocial needs of orphans aged between 12 and 15 years old, challenges facing orphanage centers and alternative strategies that may be used to overcome the challenges in serving orphans in Moshi Municipality. The specific objectives of study were centered at identifying the psychosocial needs of orphans aged 12-15 years- old, examining challenges in the provision of psychosocial support of orphans aged 12- 15 years-old and finding out altenative strategies to address the challeges of psychosocial well- being of orphans aged 12-15 years-old in Moshi municipality. The study adopted cross sectional design both qualitative and quantitative with the sample size of 61. In selected respondents, a purposive sampling technique and a simple random sampling was used. The major findings of the study are that; the psychological needs for orphans aged between 12 and 15 years old are counselling services, health services, eduation and food. In regard to challenges, lack of skilled workers to work with orphans, lack of staff, and lack of fund to run the centers were identified. Based alternative strategy to overcome the challenges the study identified soliciting fund from donors, train staff in difference skill levels to enable the staff to take care the orphans. This study recommended that, orphanage should employ competent and skills workers.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: 300 Social Sciences > 360 Social services; association
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology and social work
Depositing User: Mr Habibu Kazimzuri
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2016 06:17
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2016 06:17

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