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Vukeni-StepUp: Supporting the most vulnerable adolescents to realize and meet their educational and life dreams Tandale Slums

 

TAMASHA has decided to take a different way, starting with own capacity to support the groups of the most vulnerable adolescents from one of the poorest settlements of Tandale in Dar es Salaam.


 

 

The project has started at the end of 2017 as a self-initiative by TAMASHA, which receives zero funding from the onset. While most projects starts with the proposals and fundraising, TAMASHA has decided to take a different way, starting with own capacity to support the groups of the most vulnerable adolescents from one of the poorest settlements of Tandale in Dar es Salaam. Using a pool of trained young facilitators and interns, TAMASHA with the support of social welfare department at Kinondoni Municipality and Tandale ward has identified a number of adolescents mostly living under difficult conditions to take part in this project.

Because of their vulnerabilities, these children have been facing serious problems in their learning and provided that, the school environment is not friendly enough to support their learning, children have been either experiencing frequent truancy or having problems of slow learning.

The project aims at enabling children to be able to learn through the use of creative methods like sports, music, drawing and other forms interactive approaches.  With the agreement with their parents and care takers, TAMASHA spend extra hours with the children basically on weekends to interact with the children, support them in their learning, help in their school subjects, engage them in sports and games to realize their dreams, identify personal challenges and engage them into how best to cope with the social challenges and pressures surrounding them.

TAMASHA provides training in life skills to build self-awareness, self-esteem, coping with pressures, developing cognitive skills, provides psychosocial support, linkages and referrals to other service providers and act as mentors to follow up in schools and families for the purpose of enabling safer environment for adolescents and reducing vulnerability.

The project has started with a little number of 30 children with possible expansion in the future.

TAMASHA is in the process of developing a comprehensive proposal that will seek partners to support the project in order to meet the needs of children.