SurvivorHood Tanzania

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SurvivorHood Tanzania: Creating Leaders Through The Arts

Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaDar es Salaam, Tanzania
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$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

SurvivorHood is a non-profit organization that uses performing arts and creative writing as a tool to engage, educate and empower young women and men for personal and social transformation preparing them to become leaders and changemakers so they can experience the world of limitless opportunities.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if young women and men are empowered, have a voice, information & tools needed to lead a healthy lifestyle, and unleash the leader in them?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Adolescents are exposed to unhealthy lifestyles (early pregnancy, drug abuse, school drop outs, violence). Adolescents are not given the tools and information they need to make empowered choices needed to avoid the dangers of unhealthy lifestyles. Arts are not percieved as a valuable tool to support the growth of our young people.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Using performing arts -poetry, music, dance and theatre- and creative writing as a tool to educate, engage and empower adolescents (10-19years of age) for personal and social transformation to become leaders and changemakers. Personal Transformation: 1 – Identity 2 – Vision 3 – Pathways (Personal growth & development) 4 – Mentorship – peer mentoring Social Transformation: 1 - Replicate 2- Discovery 3 – Embed 4- Community Engagement
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Through SurvivorHood I have learned to believe in myself and my dreams, to support my friends in the streets and to be together as one. The first time I went for a meeting, I knew that all I can do is play football. I did not know what to expect. We had sessions with different people, writers, illustrators and musicians and I realized I could draw and I could write songs and sing as well. SurvivorHood helped me to understand more of myself and not to put limits on what I can and cannot do. I learned to work together with the team, in small groups so that we can achieve one goal. Through SurvivorHood we have learned to be each other's brothers and sisters. We do help each other in times of need and are there for one another. Sam, 17 yrs old

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Through the use of performing arts and creative writing, adolescents have their own voice; speak out to the issues that affect them directly and indirectly; become decision makers; build on their self-confidence; and build on their self-knowledge (self-awareness). Also, through the programs, adolescents gain leadership skills, soft skills, social change skills (critical thinking, problem solving, resource development and networking) and realization of their full potential. SurvivorHood creates a relationship with life coaches and mentors to walk all the way with young people.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Through the arts, young women and men are empowered and have the information & tools they need to lead a healthy lifestyle, and are leading positive change. SurvivorHood is looking forward to reach more young people throughout the country through establishing an art and cultural centre in each zone within the country as well as partnering with the government so that the programs can be mainstreamed in the districts budgets and be adopted in schools. Also, working closely with the private sector so that they can adopt the schools/centres/groups.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Government involvement: To advocate for the program to be mainstreamed into relevant district plans and programs Private sector participation: Partnerships with the private sector thus giving them an opportunity to adopt a school/centre/group and implement the objectives that have been set. Community engagement from planning, implementation to evaluation of the programs.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

According to Tanzania's Vision 2025, two amongst five of the attribute mentioned are high quality livelihood and a well educated and learning society. We are complementing the ongoing work done by the government, local and international organizations like UNICEF, PACT Tanzania, Plan International and other organizations. What we do different is that young people come together for a common cause which is personal development and social transformation through the arts.

Founding Story

When I was a teenager, I needed to know a lot of things which would have helped me to have a voice, build self confidence and self awareness, live my dreams and make right decisions/choices. Unfortunately, very little information and tools needed to live a healthy lifestyle was offered on the table and I had no choice but to learn the hard way. As I grow up, I want to be there for young people and share with them different tools and information needed for them to live positively, believe in themselves, live their dreams and unleash the leader in them and realize their full potential so they can experience the world of limitless opportunities. I believe young people are the future, the next generation of leaders.


The team is composed of five people who are all volunteers and are passionate about arts, young people development as well as social transformation. All of them work part time. SurvivorHood is looking forward to hiring full time staffs in the near future.