Started in a chicken-coup in rural Moshi, Tanzania, Pamoja Tunaweza Boys & Girls Club was born out of the desire to provide opportunities to street-connected youth.
PTBGC was born out of the desire to provide education and employment opportunities to the most vulnerable youth in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania. We call this group of youth 'the lost boys'; street-connected male youth over the age of 16. These young men have a basic education and spend their days on the streets, collecting rubbish and metals to sell in order to feed themselves. At night, some are able to return home while others find a quiet spot under a bridge and in a doorway to sleep in an empty rice bag. Drugs, alcohol, violence and abuse are abundant. We hope to make a significant impact on this cycle of poverty by focusing on these youth whom are so often left out of national and international aid programs.
Local empowerment is the cornerstone of PTBGC. Our gifted team of local leaders, some of whom are ex-street-connected youth themselves, serve as positive role models and mentors for these youth. They conduct the PTBGC programming and make all the decision regarding its operation and growth.
Sustainability is a keystone of PTBGCs philosophy. While we recurrently rely on the generosity of our donors from around the world, our goal is for PTBGC to be 80% self-sufficient by the year 2019. We are working on achieving our sustainability goals through the sales from the Pamoja Tuanweza Workshop, as well as our social enterprise project, Worlds Collide Africa House.