There are 650 million young people in Africa. In Tanzania 64% of citizens are under 25 years old. The greatest inhibitor to realising the dream of economic empowerment in Africa is young people’s experience of violence. Businesses want to invest in Africa, but complain of poor productivity. Despite an investment of 20% of the Tanzanian government budget in education, performance remains sub-standard.
The role of endemic violence in this under-performance is yet to be acknowledged. Micro-aggressions are pervasive. Public servants squash dissenting voices. Children aggress against animals. Rates of violence against women and children who are at the bottom of the social hierarchy are high. And yet as a society we deny that violence is an everyday experience. When 75% of children have been victims their cognitive, inter-personal and emotional development is negatively impacted. The economic promise will not be realised until violence is interrupted and prevented.
As many of you know my heart lies with the Caucus for Children’s Rights (CCR). We are a community of people protecting children in Tanzania and never has our work been needed more.
CCR is making a real difference on the ground mobilising people to take action, and helping professionals to do these best when they come across a case of abuse.
This is the festive period of gratitude, where we take a moment think how fortunate we have been. Please take a moment to help me raise money to train 250 social workers and thereby to protect 24,000 children from further abuse.
Please watch the video explaining why we need to raise this money.
Please donate. £10 or £1,000 — it all adds up.
Please ask your friends to donate and set up your own fundraising page.
This is hugely important work that makes a huge difference to children and to Tanzania.