Project information

Building Youth Resilience through Sport

This project will build the capacity of 6 community-based organisations in Arusha, Tanzania by training coaches, teachers and youth leaders to use sport as a tool to improve the resilience of the vulnerable young people they engage with.

April 2018 - March 2019

Charity information: YES! Tanzania

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  • Need


    Many young people in Arusha live in an urban slum environment. They face real challenges in terms of health service provision, the absence of clean water, and a lack of regular and nutritious food. They think that violence, neglect and disenchantment is normal. Family breakdown is common as is an early drop out from education. As a result, they have insufficient role models and mentors to help build their resilience to overcome their challenges and achieve their potential in life.


    Through 6 organisations in Arusha, regular opportunities to meet in a safe and protective environment will be provided for vulnerable young people aged from 14 to 19 years, where they can enjoy sports sessions that are fun and inclusive. As well as learning sports skills, the coaches and teachers and workshop facilitators will be educating the young people how to communicate with each other, solve problems and successfully handle negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To increase the resilience of vulnerable young people aged 14 to 17 years in Arusha.


    » Regular inclusive sports sessions are delivered by 6 organisations using resilience approach.
    » Coaches and teachers and receive training in resilience and positive coaching.
    » Vulnerable young people participating in sessions receive peer leadership training to support coaches in sports sessions.
    » Youth resilience workshops sessions delivered for vulnerable young people.

    Success will be vulnerable young people more resilient and are better able to cope with the challenges they face in their lives.

  • Impact


    The project will promote positive coping and build the resilience of vulnerable young people to sustain their protection, psychosocial wellbeing and healthy development.
    We will measure: personal and social skills; self-esteem & self-efficacy; trust; ability to share feelings, to seek help from others & to solve problems without violence; making good and safe life choices.


    There is a risk that some of the young people may not attend the sports sessions on a regular basis and may not attend all of the workshop sessions. In order to try and prevent this, we are investing in training of the coaches, teachers and leaders to ensure the sessions are as enjoyable and inclusive as possible.


    We will report to donors on a quarterly basis with details of the activities delivered and feedback from the 6 organisations, leaders, coaches, teachers and participants.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,200 Training 20 coaches, teachers trained - 5 day course
      £1,500 Workshops 6 x monthly workshops for 20 young people per workshop
      £1,800 Equipment 6 organisations receive sports equipment
      £500 Administration 1 day week to coordinate the project
  • Background


    Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world and urban poverty, characterised by high rates of unemployment, high levels of emotional, physical and sexual violence and high rates of HIV/AIDS infection, is among the worst in Africa. Arusha is Tanzania’s second largest city with a population of around 416,000. It is experiencing rapid commercial growth and therefore it acts as a magnet to young males and females from rural and other urban areas seeking employment.


    Many young people in Arusha have become disaffected from education and have limited qualifications or skills for work and therefore, for these young people, the opportunities for employment are very limited. 75% of Arusha's housing is unplanned and many of these young people reside in shanty or squatter areas and become engaged in in illegal employment; petty theft, robbery, drug dealing and the sex industry, leading to imprisonment, HIV and AIDS and premature death.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have a strong network of local partners in Arusha, Tanzania who provide activities for vulnerable young people. Our main partner, Umoja Tanzania, is experienced in project management and employ a Programme Manager to support the YES Programme in Arusha.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Huruma Sakafu

    Project Manager, employed with Umoja Tanzania

    Caroline Goody

    Director Umoja Tanzania, the lead partner in Arusha. Oversees the Project Manager.

    Ken Campbell

    CEO of YES! Tanzania, facilitates meetings with partners, supervises project manager and reports to donors.