Empowering street connected girls

The project aims to empower street-connected girls and young women with the tools they need to secure a sustainable income, enabling them to support themselves and their dependents. More specifically 30 street-connected girls and young women (GYW) will be supported in order for them to be able to sustain their own livelihood and secure safe accommodation. Railway Children Africa will implement the Youth Association Model, a proven group approach that takes groups of young people through four stages structured around weekly meetings and life skills sessions. Together, participants will undertake a 12-month program of learning, development, vocational and apprenticeship placements, psychosocial support and business support. The process will take participants from chaotic street life to stability, with a steady income and secure accommodation giving them a stake in society. The project will ultimately equip participants with information and skills that will result in the positive behavioral changes that will enable them to improve their health but also emotional and social wellbeing, allowing them to successfully lead businesses or maintain employment.

Founded in 2010, Railway Children Africa is the East African local affiliate of the Railway Children Global Group and provides empowering solutions to street-connected children and youth in an East African context.


Education / Community Development


March 2023 – February 2024


Dar es Salaam / Tanzania

With whom

Railway Children Africa




57.3 million (2017)

Per Capita Income
USD 920/year

Poverty rate *
28% (2011)

Literacy rate
78% (2016)

Human Development Index
154TH OUT OF 189 COUNTRIES (2018)

Tanzania has experienced high and relatively stable growth rates over the past decade. At the same time, Tanzania is lagging in primary school completion, maternal health, poverty eradication, malnutrition and environmental sustainability. While the poverty rate has recently declined, the absolute number of the poor has not changed due to the fast pace of population growth (3% per annum). It has made little progress towards reducing extreme hunger and malnutrition, particularly in rural areas. However, scrapping contributions for primary and secondary school has drastically increased primary school enrolment.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.