On 16 March 2014, Major Heather Poxon, Director of International Development at UKI THQ launched Hadleigh Temple Corps’ project to support The Salvation Army’s work in Tanzania. The corps will be fund raising to support this work.
Tanzania is a country in the east of Africa, perhaps best known for the Serengeti National Park and Mount Kilimanjaro. It is a popular destination for safaris. The current administration was formed in the 1960s by the combination of Tanganyika and Zanzibar. Its area is 365,000 square miles (compared to the UK’s 94,000 sq miles) with a population of about 45 million, which is just under two-thirds that of the UK. Nearly half the population is under 14; many of the youngsters are aids orphans. Literacy is low and the average income is less than US$1 a week in the rural areas.
Dar es Salaam – a city of contrasts
Dar es Salaam is the country’s largest city. It has a lot of commerce and has some wealthy people. However what is often not seen are the shacks in the poorer areas of the city. The photos above show two sides of the city. Youngsters are attracted there from rural areas on false promises of prosperity. However, many end up in unpaid domestic service and sold by their masters for sex. Their lack of education means it is impossible for them to find a job and therefore accommodation or the fare back home.
The Salvation Army has two centres in Dar es Salaam to help deal with this situation, they are called Mbgala and Kwetu. These centres take girls, who are sometimes traumatised and escaped or rescued from slavery. They are given safe accommodation, emotional and social support and an education to enable them to have a worthwhile career. Many are reunited with their families with ongoing support to ensure future stability and safety.
Here is a typical story of one of the girls that was rescued:
Hawathi Hussein Idrisa
18 years old
I am from a village which is a two day journey from Dar es Salaam. When I finished primary school, my aunt asked me to come to Dar es Salaam with a promise that she would educate me. When she brought me here, she used me as her house girl instead. I did all the washing, cooking, and caring for the children. I would be the first to wake up and the last to sleep and was not paid for my work.
My mother in the village heard that I was starving and working, so she phoned my aunt begging her to send me to school or send me home. My aunt said that she had no money for school fees. I also started to ask my aunt to send me back to the village, but my aunt refused. My mother kept calling, but she had no money to help me go home. Finally I met a member of the HT (Human Trafficking) Committee who brought me here to Kwetu.
I have been studying Hotel Management, and I will do my practical experience at South Beach Hotel in Dar es Salaam. If I have the available tools, I would like to become a food vendor and offer catering services.
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– a drive through Dar es Salaam
This video is simply a drive through the outskirts of the city. It is 50 minutes long, so you may not want to watch it all, but it gives a feel of the city away from the high rise office blocks.
This is a third party video for which The Salvation Army takes no responsibility.