For three years starting in August 2019, we will administer grant and coordinate members of the SMASH Adolescent Girls CoP a learning circle of seventeen likeminded non-profit organizations, working with adolescent girls to support them now and to help them achieve their longterm goals. The majority of these girls keep suffering the aftermath of power imbalance which exists in the Mwanza region due to negative social norms that continue to disempower girls against boys from the early stages in their lives on.
Through this project, we will address the particular needs of adolescent girls ages 10-20 in Mwanza, divided into two groups: very young adolescent girls ages 10-14, and out-of-school adolescent girls and young mothers ages 15-20.Currently, limited attention is being placed on addressing the particular needs and taking a primary prevention approach to working with girls ages 10-14 in Tanzania. Through this project, we will focus on the objective of helping this group of girls to get information, skills and the support they need to successfully transition from girlhood to productive womanhood. Out-of-school adolescent girls and young mothers have a particular need to develop economic, health and social assets. We already have a project called Maisha Mema, which promotes the development of these assets in this group. We will now also focus on the objective of increasing their financial literacy and economic empowerment to equip them to provide and care for themselves and their children.