AfricAid, Tanzania

AfricAid teaches, mentors and supports secondary school girls to transform their own lives and the futures of their communities. Through our intensive and holistic leadership and life skills training programs, we invest in individual girls to build their confidence, resilience and personal leadership abilities.

A student in the KISA program

Only 3% of Tanzanian girls go on to tertiary education. AfricAid's flagship Kisa Project is a comprehensive two-year leadership and life skills training program for upper-level secondary school girls that provides dedicated mentorship, training, and access to powerful resources.

'Kisa' means 'story' in Swahili. The program gives young women the confidence and skills they need to re-imagine their own stories of who they are and what they can provide, to think critically about the complex problems facing their society, and to become leaders who can initiate meaningful change in their communities.

Location

Arusha is a northern Tanzanian city and the capital of the Arusha Region, with a multi-cultural population of 416,442. It is the country's major hub of the tourism/safari industry and has more recently established itself as a destination for many NGOs and international conferences. Close to Mt. Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti National Park, it is well known for spectacular nature walks and abundant wildlife.

Assistance requested

AfricAid are now developing ‘Binti Shupavu’, a four-year life skills curriculum for early secondary school girls to help them stay in and complete their education. Creating self-sustaining local fundraising is of critical importance. Building capacity among Tanzanian staff to improve external communications is a vital component; this includes supporting a staff-written blog, and assisting with English language written communications and social media programs.

Impact

AfricAid staff have been supported through the Australian Volunteers program, an Australian Government initiative, since 2014. AfricAid’s scholars have been accepted to leadership training programs around the world, have started their own initiatives, and are now mothers to the next generation of educated girls. Hundreds of young women have become teachers, nurses, and doctors. About 95% of AfricAid's program graduates have gone on to university. The result is an exponential increase in education for young women, and a powerful cycle of reaching, teaching, and empowering that is changing lives across Africa. To date, AfricAid has raised over $3,000,000 for education in Tanzania.