Examples of current and previous activities
Gender Equality in Education through Sport Project
With the support of a grant from The SOL Foundation, we are currently supporting 4 of the organisations who are participating in the YES! Programme to promote gender equality in education through their sports programmes and activities. Workshops and training sessions are planned to be delivered throughout 2020 in colaboration with Women Win and SHE Scotland. The aim is to equip boys and girls with the skills and knowledge necessary to make healthy choices and reduce the gender barriers that face girls in completing secondary education which include unwanted pregnancies, early marriage or a lack of sanitary hygiene products and facilities.
In February 2015, Amalie Hoerlyk Dalsgaard, a volunteer from Denmark, contacted YES! Tanzania looking for help to set up a project giving street children in Arusha the chance to take part in boxing. Through the YES! Programme, we now support 2 organisations working with street youth to develop and deliver sports sessions for over 50 disadvantaged young people. Amalie secured funding from the Danish foundation Ragnhild Bruuns Fond to support the project.
Sport and Sexual Health Project
HIV/AIDS is a huge problem in Tanzania – 1.4 million people have the condition. The Sport and Sexual Health Project aimed to significantly reduce HIV infection among 15- to 24-year-olds from the poorest communities in Arusha. From 2015 to 2018, we worked with 3 local partners in the district, already doing good work with young people, to build their capacity to use sport as a vehicle to achieve this. We helped all 3 include games as part of their programmes to increase knowledge about HIV and AIDS, reduce gender inequality, reduce risky sexual behaviour and increase frequency and consistency of condom use.
New sports courts for Msimamo Youth Educators
In July 2015, we were delighted to announce that the Edinburgh Global Partnership Project to build two new sports courts at the Msimamo Youth Educators grounds in Dar es Salaam had been completed successfully. The courts provide the children and young people from the local community with the chance to play netball, basketball and volleyball. We were extremely grateful to the EGP Team for all their efforts in raising the funds and helping to build the courts.
Urban youth research
At the beginning of 2015, we were pleased to receive funding from Comic Relief which enabled us to carry out a research study through our local partner CASEC, which examined the lives of young people living in the Esso Community of Arusha. The data from this study highlighted that, despite the challenges they face, many young people have aspirations for their lives in terms of accessing high quality education and the associated opportunities, of achieving satisfying employment, building their skills and building productive lives.
Multi-sports court at Usa River
2014 saw the completion of a project to build new outdoor sports courts to encourage greater participation in netball, basketball and volleyball for young people who are members of the Usa River Youth Development Organisation. The project was a partnership between Edinburgh Global Partnerships and involved 6 students from Edinburgh University who raised funds and travelled to Tanzania to help build the courts.
Sports equipment for SOVOI Sports Academy
in 2013, we provided some sports equipment to a number of local community sports organisations in Arusha, Tanzania. This included posts and balls for netball and volleyball for the SOVOI Sports Academy.
Girls sports leadership workshops
In 2012, a series of sports leadership workshops were delivered for coaches to promote female participation and leadership in sport. This was part of our project to promote inclusion with our local partners in Arusha.
Youth sports leadership training
In 2012, YES! Tanzania Trustee Lewis Patience, supported by local Coordinator Sam Mpenzu, delivered 2 2-day Community Sports Leadership Courses for 40 leaders from youth centres supported by DSW in Arusha. DSW (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung) is an international non-governmental organisation committed to enabling sustainable development of the world's population. Its development programmes help those living in developing countries protect themselves against unwanted pregnancies and HIV/AIDS through providing education on sexuality and contraception.
Disability sports project
In 2012, we were grateful to receive a small grant from the Mary Hodge Trust. The grant was used to purchase a range of 'adapted' sports equipment for use by young people with a disability. This included boccia sets, polybat sets, sensory 'pick up and play' kits and 'all-abilities' football kits. The equipment was purchased in the UK with advice and support from Scottish Disability Sport and transported out to Arusha, Tanzania by one of our Trustees, Lewis Patience.