What we do
YES! Tanzania supports organisations in the most disadvantaged urban communities of Tanzania to transform young people’s lives through sport.
Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world and urban poverty, characterised by high rates of unemployment, high levels of emotional, physical and sexual violence and high rates of HIV/AIDS infection, is among the worst in Africa. More than six million Tanzanians live in slums and this number is increasing by an average of six percent every year. Conditions in these slums are often appalling with people lacking access to clean water and basic services like education, healthcare and sanitation facilities.
Tanzania is also home to one of the largest youth populations in the world – 22 million (60% of the population) are under the age of 25 years. A generation of this size brings with it an abundance of raw potential, and the opportunity to cultivate their abilities as a vital development resource. However, nearly 60% of youth are neither in school nor employment
Despite these difficult circumstances, young people have defiant hopes and aspirations. They dream of becoming successful small business-men and women, of returning to college to get diplomas in information technology, hotel management or tourism that will lead them to better jobs, or of finding money to support apprenticeship fees, amongst others.
Addressing the needs of young people is at the centre of Tanzania’s development challenge.
Increasingly, sport is being used as an effective tool for youth development. Sport is not only a diversion from unhealthy activities, it can also build resilience, increase confidence, promote healthy behaviours and develop leadership. Sport can also act as a ‘hook’ to attract young people and then link them with programmes designed to improve their health, education and employment prospects.
Between 2005 and 2010, Ken Campbell, a sport for development expert based in Scotland, undertook a number of assignments in Tanzania where he had the opportunity to meet and work with a range of organisations that utilised sport for youth development. His observations and conversations with their leaders identified the need to strengthen these organisations so that they could reach more young people and become more effective and sustainable.
In 2010, Ken brought together a small group of people based in Scotland who shared his passion to help improve the lives of the most disadvantaged young people in Tanzania through sport and founded YES! Tanzania as a charitable trust. In 2015 it transferred to a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), registration number SC041604.