This year 2018, marks the 25th anniversary of the declaration by the General Assembly, resolution 47/196 of 22 December 1992, marking 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
On Saturday, October 20th YPM held the ‘Grand VICOBA Day’ to mark that specific International Day for Eradication of Poverty which is usually celebrated on 17th October. The occasion saw more than 350 delegates who were representatives of two to five members coming from part of the YPM VICOBA groups for network building, exchange of ideas and celebrating the success of those who have been committed to fighting poverty and bringing new hope in life through forming groups in the past four years.
In marking the International Day for Eradication of Poverty, the representatives managed to share their success stories and the mile stones in their lives. The VICOBA has made their stories of eradicate poverty a reality despite challenges facing them. It has given them confidence to stand for what is justice and demand it where denied within families, couples, villages and communities. Through economic stability they have tried to live the words of the UN General Secretary that “…ending poverty is not a matter of charity but a question of justice.” http://www.un.org/en/events/povertyday/

The official guest of honor was the District Commissioner who was represented by Joyce Israel, the head of Development department in the Lushoto District Council. She emphasized on the importance of joining hands to see that our communities are set free from the oppression caused by extreme poverty. She acknowledged and hailed the work of YPM in which it has helped a good number of families to come a step away from despair. She was happy to see how a number of participants share their hopes to be counted as new new rich from the ditch of poverty. She further congratulated the specific program of VICOBA to have elaborately bring into life the 2018 theme that says “Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity”
On marking the day, there were special speeches given by a number of organizations such as NSSF (National Social Security Fund), NMB Bank, NHIF (National Health Insurance Fund) on their services and what they can offer to the members. That was followed by a number of questions for further understanding from the audience.
At the climax of the event YPM awarded the facilitators who succeeded in establishing many groups as compared to others. These were the runner up Mr. Vicent Dastan Paul who managed to organize more than 12 groups. The first and thus record holder was Mr. Wilson Joseph Dereva who formed more than fifty groups. They were awarded a medal and certificates of appreciation to the magnificent work. All others who managed to form any number of groups were also awarded a certificate of recognition of their work.

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