a therapeutic-based approach

Cheka Sana Tanzania is a street children project based in Mwanza, Northern Tanzania. We have seen them build on and diversify beyond their highly successful football programmes. They now not only use football to engage street children and empower them with alternatives to street life, they have also developed highly effective work with girls, and young women involved in the sex industry.

Cheka Sana Tanzania’s therapeutic-based approach supports children’s safety and protection, respects their opinions and enables them to flourish. They are committed to increasing children’s participation and advocacy to influence society and present a new vision of children’s rights.

Their areas of work centre on outreach, psychosocial support, basic healthcare, sports, arts, vocational training, family reintegration and family support. Underpinning this is their advocacy work in local schools, communities and local authorities to change the negative perceptions of street children.

Street girls have long been an under-represented group and in response to a lack of any dedicated support for street-connected girls in Mwanza, Cheka Sana Tanzania’s girls' centre is a vital place where they can be safe, begin to address their trauma and regain their sense of self.

'Streetborn' is a recent addition to their girls' work. The programme focuses on street-connected girls who are pregnant, young mothers and their babies. A key part of this programme is to educate young women about the opportunities to secure income outside of sex work and to support them and the wider communities about child safety, how to address gender violence and exploitation.

Run Without Fear
We invited four young women from Cheka Sana Foundation in Tanzania, to join us in running the first Zanzibar Half Marathon for gender equality. This is their story.

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