Our projects

We're currently working on 2 exciting projects in Tanzania, helping to change the lives of more than 1,000 young people.

Sport and Sexual Health Project

HIV/AIDS is a huge problem in Tanzania – 1.4 million people have the condition. 

YES! Tanzania’s Sport and Sexual Health Project is aiming to significantly reduce HIV infection among 15- to 24-year-olds from the poorest communities in Arusha.

We're working 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 help 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.

Each of our 3 partners works with young people in different ways:

  • Umoja Tanzania provides a year-long education programme to help young people get back into education, employment or training.
  • Pallotti Parish provides a range of community services, including sports activities, for young people living in a slum area of Arusha.
  • CASEC supports the development of educational 'health clubs' for pupils in 14 secondary schools in Arusha.

Umoja Tanzania manages the overall project on the ground, employing a programme manager to develop and deliver 'Sport and sexual health education' training as well as providing support to the community sport coaches, leaders and teachers running the games.

We are monitoring and evaluating the project closely to measure its impact – read a summary report of our May 2017 evaluation.

We plan to use evidence of the project’s effectiveness to promote this approach to other agencies and organisations throughout Tanzania in the future.

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

Real life stories


Vulnerable Youths Boxing Project

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.

We now support Amalie to run 4 boxing sessions a week in the city. The children who attend also get much needed food and water.

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

Real life story

Hear from boxing coach Abasi

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 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.