Nixon (17 years old) A lot of things change since I join Pamoja Tunaweza. My beavior has changed now I can see myself as good kid in my community. I don't use drugs anymore. Before I join Pamoja Tunaweza I was staying on the street, helping fundis (tradespeople) to build houses, collecting metals with other street children, helping mama's to wash dishes so I can be able to get food for lunch and dinner. I was facing a lot of challenges. It was really hard to get food when I w
Mohammed Ramadhani "Before, I didn't respect my family and my friends. I used to be a thief and steal small items. I stayed on the street and collected metal. I heard about Pamoja Tunaweza from other children who were already registered as a Pamoja member. They told me there are good skills I can learn here at Pamoja. Then I was so excited to join the group. I now have a good relationship with my family and my friends. I make money now so I do not need to steal. I would love
Mwinyi (22 years old) "A lot of things have changed since I joined Pamoja. My behaviour was not good. I didn’t have time with my family. I was with bad groups and staying in the street, using drugs with other kids and working as a craftsman when I could. I faced a lot of challenges on the streets, like using drugs and stealing from people. Before, my community saw me as not good because of my behaviour. Because I was a street kid. But since I joined Pamoja I learned new skill
What is life like at home?
“I live in Rau with Mama na Baba. We live together in one area, but I live with Hassan [my brother] in a different room. Our room is small. We have a bed in it and a place to keep clothes. I don’t usually relax at home, I always work. I wash clothes, fetch water and help my Mama. If I finish the work my Mama gave me, I can leave. The only day I relax is Sunday and maybe watch a movie. On Sundays when the Club is closed, sometimes my Mama will worry
How would you describe life in Tanzania?
“People, they think that life is hard. But life is not hard. If you work hard, life will not be hard. A real problem is people don’t want to work hard. Because even the rich people, they didn’t get rich from sitting; they worked hard. You know, people here in Tanzania think if you just sit you will get money, but life isn’t like that. I come to realize, if you do work you won’t see life as hard. A good example is when I was not workin
"I was on the streets for 1 year and some months. Life while I was on the streets was bad. To not have money for eating, sleeping on the ground when it was cold, picking up metals to sell. Sometimes we [other street kids] would work together but we depend on ourselves for eating. At night, we would sleep somewhere in a group together. I learned that some kids, their parents chased them from home. Others, they did something wrong and their parents said never come back. So I le