Since 1999, KIWOHEDE has been able to help more than 15,000 girls and young women get back to school, acquire skills and find jobs because of counselling and support from KIWOHEDE staff.
On Thursday 2nd March UN staff visited the KIWOHEDE centre (partially funded by Kiota) in Buguruni in order to commemorate International Women’s Day.
The visit was aimed at giving encouragement and hope to enable the young girls and women to have confidence in their ability to make decisions for their future.
Read more about the visit here.
Susan Sarandon joined a group of children watching a performance by children at a UNICEF-assisted Kiwohede drop-in centre in 2000.
Elisa is 18 years old and works for KIWOHEDE in one of Dar es Salaam’s sprawling slums.
Elisa never went to school and can’t read or write. Her family was dispersed and at the age of nine a woman took Elisa to Dar es Salaam to work. She was, in effect, kidnapped.
Many young girls from rural areas are taken to cities for domestic work, are used and abused by their employers and end up on the street. Prostitution as a means of survival often follows.
Elisa escaped a life of abuse, drugs and prostitution after a lady from KIWOHEDE encouraged her to tell her life story. Along with a couple of young colleagues, she works out of a container in The Hyena Place, an area of Dar es Salaam that is notorious for prostitution and drug abuse, providing a vital information and support service to young prostitutes.