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Jul 30, 2009

BRAC's Safe Spaces for adolescent girls in Tanzania are up and running!

Lutfor, the Program Coordinator, playing chess with the girls
Lutfor, the Program Coordinator, playing chess with the girls

Thank you all for your continued support of BRAC's Safe Spaces and Loans for Adolescent Girls in Tanzania. I just returned from visiting some of the girls' clubs in the Dodoma region of central Tanzania and wanted to give you a few updates:

*All 20 clubs have been set up. Each club has an average of 29 members, so a total of 580 girls are benefiting from the project. *We've provided training to 20 adolescent leaders/mentors. *We've begun holding parents' and mothers' forums on a monthly basis to ensure support from the community and encourage parents' involvement with their daughter's lives. *We're developing the life skills training course, which will provide the girls with important information on topics such as gender equality, reproductive health, leadership skills, etc. *We've conducted a survey of the girls and in the local community to determine the best livelihood training courses to offer. *Livelihood and financial training courses will be offered later this year, after which the girls will be able to take out small loans to start their own businesses.

I've also posted some stories from my trip to Tanzania on BRAC's blog: Please take a look!

With your continued support, these girls will soon be able to generate income for themselves and their families so they can afford things like school supplies, food and clothes.


Feb 17, 2009

Update of BRAC’s Program for Adolescent Girls in Tanzania

Thank you to all of our donors for your gracious support of BRAC’s program to provide safe spaces and loans to teenage girls in Tanzania. With your help we have made measurable progress towards reaching our goal. Here’s an update of our progress so far: • We’ve surveyed and held discussions with teenage girls and their mothers to select the best meeting times, activities and training programs for the girls. BRAC staff members will continue to hold meetings with mothers to stay informed about the girls’ progress in school and at home. • We’ve developed training materials, recruited and trained 10 adolescent club mentors. All of the mentors are female. • We’ve opened 4 adolescent clubs where 100 girls can safely gather and discuss issues that are important to them with each other and with their mentors. • Financial and livelihood training programs will begin in later this year, after which the girls will be able to take out small loans to start their own businesses. With your support we will continue to build adolescent clubs, sign on and train mentors, and recruit members to participate in the clubs.

Best wishes,


Oct 16, 2008

We've done it!

Thanks to your generous support, all 20 of the safe space centers for girls are now open, and 500 girls are benefiting from weekly meetings where they can interact and discuss issues with other girls and get advice from trained mentors on topics that they may feel uncomfortable discussing, such as pregnancy, menstruation and early marriage. Girls are also encouraged to stay in school and are offered training courses in managing their finances so that they can take out microfinance loans.

As the program has had such initial success in Uganda, we've begun to pilot the same program for teenage girls in Tanzania. Please check out the Safe Spaces & Loans project for girls in Tanzania and continue to show your support!

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