IYIP BLOG: Morogoro and the Faraja Trust Fund

Youth Challenge International

Walking through the doors of Faraja Trust Fund (FTF) feels like you’ve entered a community centre or a clinic rather than an NGO office. The small, inviting garden leads to two buildings with half a dozen office rooms, with hardly enough room to accommodate the line-up of people sitting and waiting to talk to someone. On any given day, the visitors may range from rural women seeking help on starting up a small household business; a group of secondary school girls seeking information about HIV and STI infections; teachers from Faraja’s two schools designated for street children designing their lesson plans, or an elderly couple seeking legal aid to contest a land dispute.

“Faraja”, I’m told, translates from Kiswahili  as carer and supporter. For over twenty years, the FTF has stood in this role for the people of Morogoro. On any given day, I might encounter a dozen different people…

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