Current Projects

Sport & Sexual Health Project

The aim of the project is to significantly minimise the number of new HIV infections within vulnerable young people aged 15 to 24 years who live in the poorest communities in the city of Arusha, Tanzania. 

The project involves YES! Tanzania working with three local partners in Arusha to build their capacity to use sport as a vehicle for achieving this. Each of the partners is working with young people in different ways: -Umoja Tanzania is providing a year-long education programme to help young people to get back into education, employment or training; Pallotti Parish is supporting young people living in one of the slum areas of Arusha by providing a range of community services including sports activities; and CASEC is supporting the development of educational ‘health clubs’ for pupils in 14 secondary schools in Arusha.

The operational management of the Project is led by Umoja Tanzania who employs a Programme Manager to develop and deliver ‘Sport & Sexual Health Education’ training as well as providing support to strengthen the impact of the community sport coaches, leaders and teachers who currently work within all three partners.

The project is being monitored and evaluated closely to measure the impact on these young people. A summary report of the evaluation carried out in May 2017 can be viewed here

The evidence of the effectiveness of these programmes will be used to promote this approach to other agencies and organisations throughout Tanzania in the future. 

This is a 3-year project which started in 2015 and is funded through the Scottish Government’s Small International Grants Programme.

Street Youths Boxing Project

The boxing project is the initiative of Amalie Hoerlyk Dalsgaard, a volunteer from Denmark, who contacted YES! Tanzania in February 2015 to help her set up a project aimed at providing opportunities for street children in Arusha to participate in boxing.

Currently, 2 sessions a week take place at the Arusha Sports Stadium, 1 session a week takes place at the Watoto Centre for street children located in Usa River near Arusha and 1 session at the Pallotti Sports Ground in Arusha. 

Street youths attending the sessions at the Stadium also receive food and water to provide them with nourishment. 

Amalie has secured funding from the Danish foundation Ragnhild Bruuns Fond to support the project. 

Previous Projects

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 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 traveled 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 recently delivered two 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 a 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.