Why We Do It

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.