Dar es Salaam: On October 11, 2019, the U.S. government-funded Kizazi Kipya Project officially launched a partnership with Barclays Bank to improve and expand opportunities for youth to develop livelihoods and increase employment opportunities through vocational training. Barclays Bank has contributed TZS 10,764,000 to the Kizazi Kipya Project, in support of six additional participating adolescent girls. The six new participants – four from Dar es Salaam and two from Dodoma – will undertake vocational training in institutions managed by the Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA). The provided fund will cover the trainees’ tuition fees and startup kits.
The United States government, through development programs like the USAID-led Kizazi Kipya project, aims to reduce the incidence and impact of HIV by empowering parents, vulnerable children and young people to sustainably meet their own needs. This includes transforming the lives of vulnerable out-of-school adolescents by providing them with vocational scholarships and business start-up kits.
In the past year, the Kizazi Kipya project provided scholarships and related support to nearly 3,500 out-of-school adolescents to attend vocational training, including nearly 70 youth who were living and/or working on the streets. These skills enable them to better protect themselves from different vulnerabilities, including those that could lead to HIV risk behaviors or gender-based violence.
The United States Government is proud to be a partner for a healthier Tanzania, including through efforts to achieve epidemic control of HIV/AIDS.