a therapeutic approach

Cheka Sana Tanzania is a Tanzanian NGO working in Mwanza, on the shores of Lake Victoria. They support children and young people living or working on the streets of Mwanza, using a therapeutic, solutions-focused approach which concentrates on children’s potential and strengths.

Their intensive, long-term family support uses play and therapeutic approaches to rebuild relationships between children and their families, ensuring that safe home environments are created and family dynamics are improved.

Cheka Sana's areas of work focus on street outreach, psychosocial support, basic healthcare, sports, arts, vocational training, family reunification (where possible), and long-term family support.

Girls have been an under-supported group for a long time, and in response to this Cheka Sana’s girls' centre was established as a vital place where they can be safe, begin to understand and face their trauma and regain their sense of self. Self-defence training with girls and young women is also offered weekly, to increase girls’ self-confidence, power and self-esteem.

I want girls to be confident. I want them to open their mouths and speak up. I want for them to be more confident than me so that they become the ones pushing for change.” Nyangi, Self-defence trainer, Cheka Sana Tanzania

A key part of Cheka Sana’s approach with teenage girls and young women is to educate them about the opportunities to secure income outside of sex work. Girls form association groups to support each other, learn new skills and to be encouraged, along with the wider communities, to learn about child safety and how to address gender violence and exploitation.

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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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