Youth Empowerment Society Tanzania is a non-profit organization that focuses on educating and empowering youth to create growth and new opportunities in Tanzania. We believe that the key to a stronger Tanzania is to empower youth; to ensure youth have access to information and education so that they can become empathetic citizens and have the opportunity to add to the social-economic development of Tanzania and create sustainable livelihoods.
WHAT WE DO
We focus on the following areas:
Educating youth and communities on HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse Awareness.
Conducting Civil Education and Human Rights seminars in Moshi, Kilimanjaro Region.
Provide counseling services to drug and alcohol addicts and support them on the road to recovery.
On January 10, 2013, we started a program to support drug abusers in Moshi, Kilimanjaro Region. We started by doing research around Moshi Municipality by visiting and interviewing drug abusers in the region. We visited 9 wards in Moshi, Kilimanjaro Region (Kiboriloni, Majengo, Bondeni, Kaloleni, Njoro, Miembeni, Kilimanjaro, Korongoni and Longuo). Through our research, we found that most drug abusers are youth (28 to 34 years old), 75% are male and 25% are female. There is a total of 150 youth in these wards that are addicted to drugs, 75% of these youth are addicted to heroin and 15% are addicted to cocaine. In September 2014, YES Tanzania started a drug support program in Moshi City by giving youth the opportunity to attend counseling and classes on drug and alcohol abuse awareness, prevention, and rehabilitation. We have sent those who are committed to rehabilitation to a professional center in Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar for 18 to 24 months of treatment. Up to February 20, 2015, we managed to help six youth recover from their drug addiction. Most of these youth were able to attend the program by getting support from their parents and by attending our program and getting counseling on how to fight their addiction. Also, we created drug awareness in the Moshi, Kilimanjaro Region community. Through our program, more people are aware of drug addiction and the available services in Tanzania.
WHY WE DO IT
Tanzania faces numerous challenges when it comes to its development, such as:
Lack of education and information
Lack of transparency
Dependent on foreign funding
Through our projects and programs we aim to tackle these challenges and create opportunities for youth to access information and education, thus providing youth with the opportunity to have a voice in the development of Tanzania and to create sustainable livelihoods.