Supporting girls in Tanzania

Girls in Tanzania

Kiota is a volunteer-run kitchen table charity, working in partnership with Tanzanian young women's rights, health & development NGO Kiota Women's Health and Development (KIWOHEDE).

We fund secondary education for some of Tanzania's most marginalised young people. This is offered in a nurturing environment that at the same time enables the students to avoid dangerous and exploitative situations, gain the psycho-social support that they need and expand their options for the future.

Kiota means "nest" in Kiswahili, representing a safe haven for our beneficiaries.

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The KIWOHEDE Open School

Our students of 2016

In 2010, we supported KIWOHEDE to set up a pilot secondary school for young people who couldn't access government secondary school, under an open distance learning model.

The school is part of the KIWOHEDE Bunju Multipurpose Centre, which offers education, protection and empowerment to Highly Disadvantaged Vulnerable Children and Youth (HDVC&Y). Child protection systems identify and rescue vulnerable children, who are referred to the centre for wraparound support. Secondary education is provided alongside psychosocial counselling, life skills training, vocational education, entrepreneurship support and medical services, as well as IT tuition, art therapy, and sports. The centre also has the expertise to facilitate family reunification and reintegration, access to legal aid and short term shelter for girls who are in crisis and in transition.

The centre aims to improve the standard of life for vulnerable children and young women, and enable them to build safe and secure futures.

Over the years, the project has developed and grown. We are very happy that since 2017, Italian NGO We World has recognised the effectiveness and importance of this model by supporting the Bunju Multipurpose Centre alongside Kiota.

2019 so far

Our students of 2016

There are 152 secondary school students in the KIWOHEDE Open School, aged between 13 and 20 years.

At the Bunju Multipurpose Centre, there are also 32 vocational education training students, two young people supported to access primary school, and two young girls who are victim of trafficking are being provided with sanctuary and support.

Our students take part in national examinations in class two (the Qualifying Test) and class four (Certificate of Secondary Education Examination) each November. Getting good grades isn't the primary purpose of the school, but we still strive to improve year on year. The results for 2018 were released in January. 74% of students sitting the QT passed the examination, an increase of 16% on 2017's results, which means that they can progress to class three. 86% (six out of seven) students sitting the CSEE passed. Fantastic achievements!

In Q1:

  • 119 students received counselling and psychological support
  • Site social welfare staff facilitated discussions on gender roles, power dynamics, self awareness and self confidence. Students also accessed training on life skills, sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV/ AIDS, communication skills and child labour

Glastonbury 2019 Festival

We have had a team litterpicking and recycling at Glastonbury Festival since 2004. This year, we are delighted to be back as a Glastonbury Festival Recycling Crew Worthy Cause.

We are keeping the Other Stage and Glade areas clean and composting and recycling as much as we can. If you are at the festival, come and say hello between 6am and midday, Fri, Sat, Sun and Mon.

Thank you to the festival, and to our volunteers, for supporting us, and for helping to give young people brighter futures.

Over 15 years of supporting marginalised young people in Tanzania

Since 2003, we have funded water projects that have provided clean water to thousands, building projects that offer a safe place for young people to learn, develop and relax, and an education project offering secondary education to young people who would not otherwise have had the opportunity to continue their studies.

A huge asante sana (thank you very much in Kiswahili) goes out to all of our partners, supporters and volunteers, without whom this small, kitchen table charity wouldn't have been able to achieve so much. It has been an absolute privilege.

"Before I joined this school, I had no hope. I was going to be married to a much older man, and not allowed to go to school. Now I see a bright future. Thank you Kiota." — Class Three student

Volunteer

If you would like to volunteer with the running of Kiota in the UK, please get in touch — we'd love to hear from you.

pippa@kiota.org