Mwajuma Twaribu, is an 18 year-old from Tanzania who has benefited from Restless Development’sÂ Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights programmes, including Mabinti Tushike Hatamu (Girls Let’s Be Leaders!), which are supported by International Citizen Service volunteers from the UK and in-country. Read her story below.
When Mwajuma was still in school she became pregnant, she was then forced to drop out ofÂ education.
She explains â€œI got pregnant because I lacked awareness, I didn’t know about safe sex orÂ how to use a condom, how STDs are transmitted and the difference between HIV/AIDSâ€.
Where Mwajuma lives, in Kilungule, Temeke, Restless Development community volunteers run a project providing training sessions for young women in the community.
Mwajuma says â€œthrough the project I am now equipped with knowledge and understanding inÂ the area of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rightsâ€.
In addition, the group is in the process of starting a charcoal business which is in highÂ demand, enabling her to generate a small income to take care of herself and her daughter.
As part of the project she is now receiving ICT training: â€œthe trainings I have been attendingÂ have revived my long lost dream of becoming a secretary, I believe ICT is a breakthrough toÂ my dream.”
If you’re interested in volunteering to support people like Mwajuma, find out how to apply for ICS with Restless Development here.