Dogodogo’s vision is of a Tanzania in which all children are empowered to enjoy their basic rights to survival, development, protection and participation in society.
The word "Dogodogo" is translated from Swahili meaning "young ones".
Dogodogo Centre will work to influence policy making regarding children through advocay and networking especially in areas of child abuse and HIV/AIDS. It cannot simply advocate for the generic child and ignore the child living on the street today. The Centre therefore will work to support holistically the most vulnerable children living on the street in urban Dar es Salaam while supporting the invisible pastoralist girls in rural Tanzania.
“The Child’s Name is Today”
We are guilty of many errors and faults,
But our worst crime is abandoning the children, neglecting the fountain of life.
Many things we need can wait,
The Child cannot.
Right now is the time bones are being formed,
Blood is being made, senses are being developed.
To the Child we cannot answer “Tomorrow,”
The Child’s name is Today.
Chilean poet Gabriela Mistra