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Kiota at Glastonbury 2011

glastonbury-2011.JPGKiota are delighted to be back at Glastonbury as one of the charities chosen to work in the recycling crew with support from Emily Eavis.

We’d like to give a special thanks Fiona and Festival Recycling.

Please read on for information about how we plan to spend the money raised at Glastonbury this year:


The Bunju Centre

The Bunju Centre is situated to the north of Dar-es-Salaam. It is one of KIWOHEDE’s newer sites but one of their most important. KIWOHEDE currently has 22 centres across Tanzania. When KIWOHEDE was first established, the project it operated out of the home of one of the founders. Since then, the organisation has grown, has rented some buildings, and has also been able to use government properties as in-kind support for their work. Recent years have seen increasing pressure on land, especially in urban areas, and peppercorn rents are not only unavailable anymore, landlords want their properties back. As a result, the organisation has been working towards owning the buildings at some of the key centres, in part to secure the organisation’s future so that they are more resilient to external economic changes. The Bunju Centre is part of this strategy, and is particularly important because of its proximity to Dar es Salaam. One of the Dar es Salaam projects (with a residential crisis centre) has already relocated to the Bunju site as a result of the lease not being renewed.

Initially, a large plot was secured, and the site now boasts three large versatile buildings. The first (the Mama J block) opened in 2005, and includes two bedrooms with bunkbeds. It is home to a groundbreaking project working specifically with girls who have been trafficked from rural to urban areas. Kiota funded the second block (the Peter Zimber block), which opened in 2007, and also the third block which is almost complete.

Kiota has recently put funding into two aspects of the Bunju Centre – one capital and one project-based. The capital project is the third building. The project-based funding has gone towards a project in the second building – a pilot informal secondary education project.

Secondary Education at Bunju

Speaking to many of the girls on trips to KIWOHEDE centres, the Kiota team found that the overriding thing on each of the girls’ minds is to receive an education and better themselves and their situation. All the girls who attend KIWOHEDE are now supported by the organisation to finish their primary school education, and the last decade has seen a huge increase in those able to access primary education across the country (enrolment is now at around 90%). However girls face particular difficulties in completing their education, and in accessing secondary education. The drop-out rate for girls is higher than for boys for the same reasons that result in far fewer girls accessing secondary education than boys – early marriage and early pregnancy, involvement in domestic chores and taking care of the sick, the elderly and children, and boys being prioritised when resources are scarce.

Some statutory assistance is available for those otherwise unable to afford secondary education. However, this help is based on exam results, making this unrealistic for many that have had interrupted schooling.

KIWOHEDE have been mulling over setting up a secondary education project for some time, and now it is finally a reality! Their idea differs from other schools, because it sits within the KIWOHEDE set up, so that alongside core subjects, girls access life skills and vocational training and counselling. There are also opportunities to get involved with dance and drama, used as a therapeutic tool, and also sport. Importantly, many of the girls come from similar backgrounds, and have experienced similar struggles. KIWOHEDE hopes that other organisations will follow a more supported model of secondary education in the future.

The Bunju centre has been assessed and granted examination status and certification by the local government. Three teachers (all graduates) have been employed, and they are supported by students from the Education Department of the University of Dar es Salaam. They concentrate on teaching seven core subjects, working towards the standard Tanzanian Secondary School National Exam. The subjects are Swahili, English, Biology, Physics, Geography, History and Maths. Secondary schools in Tanzania require students to pay fees (although poor students may be able to access governmental support for this), and students must also buy school uniforms, shoes, books and other equipment. At the new class in Bunju, students are only asked to contribute their bus fare, and receive a 50% reduction on this as a result of wearing the uniforms that KIWOHEDE provides. Those that cannot afford even this, or don’t have anywhere to stay, can use the residential facilities at the centre. KIWOHEDE often receives donations of food, and when it can do so, provides a meal – cooked by the attendees – for all girls (and a few boys) attending the centre, and they all eat together.  There may be 120 of them!

40 girls commenced year one of their secondary education in July 2010. A further 51 are attending vocational training programmes. As a result of having been victims of trafficking or hazardous domestic labour, 9 have found safety living at the centre. They are enrolled in primary school. The money raised at Glastonbury will go towards funding the second year, and second intake of 40 students, at this fantastic secondary school offering additional support.

Glastonbury 2011- the recruit begins!

STOP PRESS! A huge thanks to everybody who has applied but we have now stopped accepting applications for this year’s Glastonbury! Keep up to date with for news of the 2013 Glastonbury!

Have you always wanted to support a charity like Kiota but not been sure how to go about it? By volunteering at the UK’s biggest music festival you could raise money for Kiota supporting girls in Tanzania whilst watching your favourite bands! All we ask is that you are prepared to get your hands dirty; you would need to pick litter at the site early each morning but in return for your hard work, you would receive a ticket to the festival, access to hot showers and two free meals per day. Your dedication also raises over £100 per volunteer for Kiota which is why we encourage applications from serious applicants only please. We are serious about our charity and over the years, the Kiota crew have built up an enviable reputation amongst the festival recyclers!

The festival will run over the last weekend of June and volunteers will need to be on site from Thursday 23rd June until at least midday on Monday 27th June 2011. We expect to secure four early morning shifts from 6am-12 noon each day (Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday morning). 
Volunteers will need to pick up litter on a given site for up to six hours each morning; it’s not work for the faint-hearted but with a few friends around it can even be fun!  However, in order for Kiota to benefit and for you to have the cost of your ticket reimbursed, you must complete every shift.
As usual, positions on the 2011 Kiota litter picking team will be on a first come, first served basis and people who have already picked litter at Glastonbury before and successfully completed their shifts will be given priority. 
If you are interested, please email Pippa at or Erica at to apply or find out more.

Kiota attends Together 4 Africa ‘Pampering Day’ in Bradford

On January 28th, Kiota is part of Together4Africa’s ‘pampering day’ at the beautiful Norcroft Conference Centre at Bradford University. It is T4A’s first big event for small charities and so far 22 charities have signed up to attend. The day will comprise training workshops, inspirational stories, networking and collaborative opportunities, best practice sharing  as well as a few other treats. Along with other charities, Kiota has prepared a success/failure story for other charities to learn from and trustee Pippa Brown is hoping to present it on the day. Both Comic Relief and Dfid will be joining us on 28th January and small charities working in Africa are invited to get in touch to find out more. For further information, please visit the Together for Africa homepage: 

Article on Child trafficking in Tanzania

In May 2010, Justa Mwaituka, director of the Kiwohede drop-in centres in Tanzania featured in an article in Global Post, ‘Fighting Child Sex Trafficking in Tanzania’ by Eamon Kircher-Allen.

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania — Say “child trafficking,” and you’re likely to conjure up images of organized crime and international smuggling rings.

But sexual exploitation of children is often the result of more ordinary pressures: poverty, disease and social disintegration.

In Tanzania, where trafficking of poor girls from rural to urban areas is a serious problem, these are the complex social issues that anti-child trafficking workers are trying to disentangle.

Desperation and families broken by AIDS are often more dangerous enemies than gangsters, says one of the most prominent groups trying to end child exploitation in the country, the Kiota Women Health and Development Organization (Kiwohede).

“The rings of the pimps are not coordinated in this country,” said Justa Mwaituka, Kiwohede’s executive director. That means individual trafficking rackets are relatively easy to break up. The underlying causes, however, appear harder to root out.

Consider Fatuma’s story. A slight Tanzanian girl who looks much younger than her 16 years, Fatuma sat on a battered wooden chair wearing a T-shirt and skirt in a Kiwohede office in Dar es Salaam this January. Through an interpreter, she told her tale.

Three years ago, Fatuma (not her real name) lost both her parents. A poor orphan, she moved from the country to Dar es Salaam to live with an aunt, a small-time trader and single mother who made ends meet selling food on the streets. The aunt already had two boys to feed — and to put through school.

So one day she came to Fatuma. “If a man wants you for sex, just agree, so we can get money for education,” Fatuma recalls her aunt saying.

The girl, just 13, accepted. Before long, she had found a man willing to pay for sex. But sometimes he only gave her $1, so she needed more customers. She started helping her aunt sell cassava on the street, and soon there were always men hanging around her stall.

That was what tipped off an outreach worker in the neighborhood — a girl who was already working with Kiwohede. The girl tried to convince Fatuma to visit the center and find help. It wasn’t easy.

“Kids are resilient, but they are protective of pimps,” Mwaituka explained. And superficially, some victims’ circumstances improve, making an exit more difficult. In Tanzania, a country with a mostly rural population, 96 percent of which lives on less than $2 a day, even a small sum can mean substantial differences in a poor person’s life.

After being trafficked, a girl who had been barefoot in the village might have better clothes and a secondhand pair of shoes, disguising her suffering, Mwaituka said. “But mentally, they are tortured and traumatized.”

Eventually, Fatuma relented and came into the center, where she received counseling, vocational training and remedial education. She recently gained entrance to a top secondary school, which she’ll attend with a scholarship.

“When I heard about it, I cried because of joy,” Fatuma said, cracking a smile.

Many exploited children in Tanzania are unluckier. They end up in cities after traffickers trick their parents into handing them over, promising education or an improved life.

“When they come to the city either they make the girl work or they give her to someone else,” Mwaituka said. Such girls can get disoriented and forget where they came from. Often between 12 and 15 years old, if they are not pushed into sex work, they may be forced to work 16 hours a day without pay. Mwaituka calls it “completely traumatizing.”

Kiwohede estimates it has rehabilitated some 40,000 exploited young people around Tanzania since it was founded in 1998. With its head office on a dusty, rutted road in the working-class Dar es Salaam neighborhood of Buguruni — some other centers throughout the country are also in slums or struggling neighborhoods — the group stays close to the communities it serves.

That’s part of the strategy — Kiwohede says that child exploitation is a problem of communities, not simply criminality.

So in addition to providing education, a safe haven, counseling and voluntary family reunification, Kiwohede has established “community children’s rights committees,” composed of two children, authorities, religious leaders and businesspeople.

Other organizations that work with migrants praise Kiwohede; in 2002 the International Labour Organization contracted the Tanzanian group to write a definitive report on child prostitution in Tanzania. And Mwaituka says that activists have made headway.

But she also allows that there is much work to do. For example, UNICEF says that stopping “users” — men — is crucial to ending exploitation.

In Tanzania, as elsewhere, Mwaituka said, many people don’t see buying sex from a teenager as a serious crime.

“Nobody sees the man as bad in sexuality,” Mwaituka said. “This is the same all over the world.”


The Recruitment Campaign for Glastonbury 2010…


Ever wanted to go to the UK’s biggest festival and help Kiota raise money at the same time? If you volunteer to be on the festival’s recycling team for Kiota, now you can! Read on to find out more:

The festival will run over the last weekend of June and volunteers will need to be on site from Thursday 24th June until at least midday on Monday 28th June 2010. We expect to secure four early morning shifts from 6am-12 noon each day (Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday morning). 
Volunteers will need to pick up litter on a given site for up to six hours each morning. The festival organisers pay the charity the wage each volunteer would have earned, were they being paid. However, in order for the charity to benefit, the volunteers must COMPLETE EVERY SHIFT. In return, the volunteer will also have access to hot showers, two meal vouchers per day and be reimbursed the cost of their ticket. (The cheque will be sent to you in July or August).  
As it is the 40th year, tickets have already sold out and volunteer places are expected to go very quickly. As a result, positions for the 2010 Kiota litter picking team will go on a first come, first served basis and people who have already picked litter at Glastonbury before and successfully completed their shifts will be given priority. 
If you are interested, please email Erica at to find out more.

Erica Runs Malvern Half Marathon for Kiota


Erica ran the Malvern Half Marathon on 7th June to raise money for Kiota, please find her account of the day below:

It has to be said that running isn’t really me…
However, in a moment of madness, I agreed to run 13 miles in the Malvern Half Marathon on the on 7th June for Kiota. Although I was running a few miles each week, it wasn’t until three weeks before that I really began to panic and start training more seriously. It was probably because of this that I wan’t able to walk properly for a week after the event (I still crumpled at the sight of stairs for another three weeks).

 The first five or so miles weren’t too bad, there were plenty of people around which kept everybody’s spirits up. I also somehow got through the next five without collapsing. In training, I thought when I got to 10 miles I’d be able to almost sprint the last three – “What’s three miles after all?” I had thought to myself. Unfortunately it wasn’t quite as easy as I’d anticipated. My legs burned and I wanted to stop at every step- every few metres became more difficult. However, I completed the run without stopping (my main aim as my boss had promised to double my sponsorship money if I didn’t walk!) in 2 hours 15 minutes- an achievement which, as a non-runner,  I was very proud!

 I’d like to thank everyone who sponsored me as the event raised £200 for Kiota- thank you!!


Altrincham Festival- Together 4 Africa


Saturday 4th July 
Beechfields Recreation Ground in Timperley
10pm Onwards

Kiota has joined forces with other small North West based charities working directly with locally run organisations in East Africa and Zambia. The newly formed coalition, Together 4 Africa (T4A), is being launched at the Altrincham Festival on July 4th and we would like to invite you and yours to meet the T4A team at our stall on the Showground. 

We hope that some of you are able to make it.

We have a stand at the Festival Showground on Beechfields Recreation Ground in Timperley, complete with

K r i s p y K r e m e D o u g h n u t s ,

f a n t a s t i c   r a f f l e   p r i z e s ,

a   k i d s ’   t o m b o l a ,

A f r i c a n   c r a f t s   a n d   l o t s   o f   i n t e r e s t i n g  p i c t u r e s   a n d   i n f o r m a t i o n   o n   o u r   w o r k

If you are interested in the coalition, whether you can make the day (and rattle collection tins if you fancy it!) or not, please get in touch, either via me (please note my new email address – I haven’t worked out bulk emails yet, but it will replace my personal account soon!), or

Try and spot us in the parade – the African dancers are a bit of a give away!

Raffle for Kiota at Santa Loves Mambo Event

On 19th December 2008 in the Sandsifter, Godrevy, Cornwall, there will be a festive Jazz Ball to put Christmas in full swing. It will be starring the world-class band The Jazz Cannons with local support from Funny Feathers and DJ Get Waxy, with more guest DJs to be announced.

During the event, a raffle will be held raising money for Kiota so please give generously!

Santa Loves Mambo

THE JAZZ CANNONS are a magnificent, world-class classic swing, jazz and soul band led by the magnetic vocalist and saxophonist Jimmy Cannon.

Local support comes from THE FUNNY FEATHERS, a group of highly experienced jazz musicians who have got together over the past nine years to play classic jazz, ballads and blues inspired by the great players and singers from the 1930s.

If you’re after a good night’s dancing and festive atmosphere that’s a little different, then don’t miss this chance to experience both the overwhelming big band jazz sound from the 1930s and 1940s as well as the modern, diverse rhythms of some great DJs.

Please note that this  is a private event but all the proceeds from the raffle will go to Kiota and there will be shakers for those of of you who wish to show your support for the charity. Some proceeds from the event may also be donated to Kiota.

Glastonbury Festival 2008

The Stone Circle

Group photo

Breakfast time at last!

Rather than paying workers to clean the Glastonbury fields, the organisers of the famous music festival recruit volunteers from various charities to pick litter in return from a free ticket, free meals and much sought after,unlimited hot showers…. They then pay the charity the volunteer’s wages, benefitting everyone! 

At Glastonbury again this year, a dedicated group of litter pickers worked hard on behalf of Kiota and in return, the charity was paid by the organisers.  Everybody’s hard work paid off helping to raise a phenomenal £5663.50 for Kiota!! Thank you to everybody who gave up their time- it really did pay off! Thanks also to volunteer Nkosana Phiri who took these great photos of the litter pickers in action!

Anyone interested in volunteering at next year’s festival should contact Erica at the following address