Celebrating International Youth Day with Raleigh Tanzania – #youthday2016

12th August 2016

Did you know that today, August 12th is International Youth Day?

Created by the UN in 1999, International Youth Day sets out to draw attention to youth issues worldwide.

The theme for 2016 is ‘Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production’. It focuses on the leading role of young people in ensuring poverty eradication and achieving sustainable development through sustainable consumption and production.

At Raleigh Tanzania, we work with, through and for youth to bring about sustainable, positive change in rural Tanzania. We believe in the power of young people to achieve sustainable development in the present, as well as in  the future of our next generation of leaders.

All of our projects in Tanzania link very closely to one or more of the UN’s 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. We are currently working with eight Tanzanian project partners, and hundreds of young international and Tanzanian Volunteers in 20 projects across the country.

From reforestation, to the construction of early childhood development centres, and youth entrepreneurship – all of our projects are designed to promote sustainable consumption, production, and development.

Keen to learn more? Scroll down to find out what it’s like working on Raleigh sustainable development projects in Tanzania, first hand, from some of our young Volunteers…

Dillon is from Bermuda and is a Volunteer on Raleigh Tanzania’s water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH) project in Peluhanda, Njombe Region.


“By constructing a female-only bathroom and wash facility at the local primary school, my group and I are supporting young females in Peluhanda to stay in school and continue their education. We’re providing a private space to use the toilet, and a place to burn sanitary products, and we’re also going to install a solar powered light to make the building safer, carbon neutral, and to make it easier to use. I hope that this new toilet block, together with our hand washing and sanitation lessons at the school will leave a lasting, positive imprint on the community of Peluhanda, and encourage more young girls to get the most out of their education.”

Andy is from the UK and is a Volunteer on our Natural Resource Management project in Igoda, in the southern Highlands of Tanzania.

Andy at work

“My group and I are currently planting 40,000 tree seedlings in the community of Igoda to encourage reforestation of the surrounding area, and we are also creating a fire line. Although it seems counterproductive, creating a break in the tree line will help prevent future forest fires spreading by removing the fuel, i.e. the trees”.

Gemma is from the UK and is a Volunteer on our Youth Leadership Programme, which involves a 19-day trek through the Iringa region of Tanzania.


“Taking part in a Youth Leadership Project with Raleigh Tanzania has increased my confidence massively. I was shy when I came here, but soon found myself growing. My whole experience with Raleigh Tanzania has taught me how much I want to help people. And it has also changed my perspective on what is necessary to be happy, and what is a luxury.”

Adam is from Tanzania and is the Volunteer Manager for Raleigh Tanzania’s water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH) project in Peluhanda, Njombe Region.


“I believe young people are the people who can bring about the greatest change in communities. If you educate young people, it will be easier for them to spread news and increase awareness”.

If you’d like to learn more about what you can do to support International Youth Day 2016, please click here. Or to find out what others are saying about the campaign, check out the hashtags: #YouthDay and #YouthDay2016 on Twitter. Oh, and while you’re there, give us a follow on Twitter to keep up-to-date with all things Raleigh Tanzania! > @RaleighTanzania

By Felicity, Communications Officer

Photos by Steve Freeman

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