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Young Girls in Need


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Kilimanjaro Young Girls in Need (KYGN) is a Tanzanian based non-profit organization dedicated to helping young girls work towards better futures in Moshi and Mabogini. In this rural region of northern Tanzania, poverty, abuse, and the loss of parents often create unsafe home environments and force many girls not to attend school and escape home, looking for work at very young ages. KYGN strives to provide opportunities previously unavailable to these girls, allowing them to fully realize their potential. We believe that all young girls have the right to safe, stable and nurturing home environments with emotional support, education and medical care. Our main objective is to expand the girl's life prospects and choices, while guiding them to live successfully in their community and beyond. These goals are achieved by providing formal and informal education, vocational skills training, tutoring, and emotional support. KYGN was created in autumn 2007 to serve as an ‘open house' to meet the immediate educational and emotional needs of the girls in the village of Mabogini. Since that time, KYGN has expanded and evolved to include nursery education for pre-primary children, 2 primary classes on site and academic sponsorship for many more primary school children. We have a boarding house for 20 of our children, some of whom were considered high risk, nearby to our current site. We are also currently building a bigger primary school to include 7 classrooms, 1 nursery, 1 vocational training room to help the young adults and parents in the surrounding area develop their own small businesses and life skills, a library, an area for children to learn the basics of gardening, a medical centre, and a safe house to provide shelter to the children/mothers most at risk in terms of sexual/domestic abuse. Building is now underway with 6 classrooms and 2 offices completed. The toilets are now almost completed and a playground for the children built. A water well has been installed, plus over 200 trees and 2000 bushes planted. We currently have more than 200 children between the ages of 2 and 9 at the nursery/primary school, which is located in Mabogini. Under very special circumstances we have also taken in a number of boys. Classes are split into five groups, according to age and ability. They learn reading, writing, basic mathematics, Swahili and beginners English. On Fridays the 3 nursery classes have "fun day" with activities including arts and crafts, music, games, yoga, book reading, etc. KYGN always needs help. Whatever skills and experience you have, your time and energy would be invaluable to us. Volunteers help with every aspect of KYGN, from teaching and assisting in the nursery classes to administration and site maintenance.

Kilimanjaro Young Girls in Need (KYGN)

Project title
Young Girls in Need

Project location
Moshi, Tanzania

Mandy Barrie

Year round


Who can volunteer?
Adults of both sexes 18+

1 week minimum

There is no cost to participate but volunteers must cover their own living expenses. We highly recommend staying at Hostel Kili if you want to volunteer at KYGN. The hostel costs from £11 per person per night dependent on your length of stay including breakfast and evening meal.

We actively encourage volunteers to help us fundraise before, during or after their stay with us.

How to apply
If you would like to join KYGN in Moshi, please contact us for further information.

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5 Star Rating

'Fantastic experience'

I volunteered at Kilimanjaro Young Girls in Need school for 6 weeks and loved it. The kids love to sing and dance and their classes are taught in English so it was easy for me to communicate with them. KYGN offers education to poor and disadvantaged children. Some of the childrens stories are heartbreaking but they carry on and study hard. KYGN has a new Hostel for volunteers to stay - Imani Home in Moshi. Tina the Cook makes amazing meals! Tanzania is a beautiful country and worth visiting.

Lindsay Baxter

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