Tanzania

Courage House

Opened in 2011, Courage House is a long-term rehabilitation program for minor victims of sex trafficking in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania. Ten years ago, Courage House Tanzania opened to 10 girls and 2 babies. As of January 2021, 40 girls and 8 of their children call Courage House and Courage House Too home! Over the course of the last nine years, 62 trafficking survivors along with their children have joined the Courage Worldwide family and embarked on their journey of healing and freedom. 

The foundation of Courage House is to:

  • Rescue the most vulnerable: young girls trapped in sexual slavery and exploitation.
  • Restore the girls’ physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health through education, around-the-clock care, trauma-informed counseling, music & sports, and much more.
  • Rehabilitate each girl through their specially-designed Unique Life Plan and further education, vocational training and life skills.

Courage House Too

Courage House Too is a transitional program for former residents of Courage House, ages 18+. This program allows them to gain leadership and vocational training  such as sewing, jewelry making, and culinary skills. Residents also develop their English and computer skills, as well as continuing their trauma based counseling. Courage House Too exists to help make the transition to independence, healthy relationships and choices a much easier task.  These young women leave with a solid foundation while continuing to pursue the goals in their Unique Life Plan. Courage Worldwide’s staff support these girls through their college/university education or vocational training program so they can follow their dreams, and ensure they won’t be trapped in the life of sexual exploitation ever again. At Courage House Too, there are future lawyers, social workers, journalists, tailors, business women, hospitality workers, hair stylists and teachers.  

Our Work in Tanzania

Prevention

Through our “Not In My Country” anti-trafficking awareness campaign and multi-sector educational trainings, we seek to prevent trafficking and increase awareness of this violent crime against the most vulnerable. Hundreds of individuals have attended Courage Worldwide trainings here in Tanzania for women, pastors and church leadership, and youth/students. We are expanding our training to include health care professionals, law enforcement, the tourism industry as well as other government and community leaders. If you would like to book an educational training or anti-trafficking awareness event here in Tanzania, email  info@courageworldwide.org.

Prosecution

We support any Courage House girl in the prosecution of their traffickers. We relentlessly pursue justice so each girl can be free to follow their dreams. In partnership with a local NGO, Inherit Your Rights, our girls and staff are empowered and informed of their rights here in Tanzania, especially the rights of women and children. 

Protection

Almost every young victim who comes home to Courage House comments on how they feel safe for the first time in their young lives. Our entire program is designed to protect and restore young survivors of sex trafficking. Courage House is a home and a family; a safe place for the girls to begin the healing process. We do this through a compassionate, well trained staff, education, trauma-informed counseling, medical care, around-the-clock care, fun activities such as music and sports, spiritual guidance, and continual support until they are ready to stand on their own. We believe in them until they can believe in themselves.

Partnerships

Our community partnerships are incredibly valuable. We work directly with:

  • The Tanzanian government (Ministry of Social Welfare; Ministry of Community Development; Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner; the police department).
  • International NGOs
  • Churches (including an MOU with the ELCT Northern Diocese)
  • Intergovernmental Organizations

Education at Courage House Tanzania

On the campus of Courage House Tanzania, there is a private primary and secondary school for the residents called C2BU School and a preschool for the children of girls and staff. 

C2BU School

A crucial component of Courage House’s program is education. Being a student gives the residents confidence. It opens up doors for them to follow their dreams for the future. However, the need for this tailored education goes much deeper. The residents of Courage House Tanzania face severe and intense challenges resulting from the trauma they have experienced. Trauma makes learning difficult and traditional classroom environments are not most appropriate for their needs. Many of the residents were not in school or extremely behind in their studies, so they need specialized education. Specifically in Tanzania, pregnant girls are not allowed to study in government schools. It is common for girls to come to Courage House Tanzania pregnant. At C2BU School, they are able to continue their education throughout the pregnancy, but also as they navigate motherhood. 

Because of this specially-designed educational program, the residents are prepared to go onto vocational training, college or university to pursue their Unique Life Plan and follow the career of their choice. 

Preschool

Courage House Tanzania’s preschool program was created as more and more pregnant residents arrived at Courage House Tanzania. The Courage House program changes the lives of generations: not only are the lives of the residents transformed, but their children too. The preschoolers are already being set up for success by learning English, Swahili, reading and math and have a lot of fun while doing it!

Learn More About Our Programs

Not In My Country Campaign

While individual organizations, organic partnerships and anecdotal stories of restoration have been the defaulted framework for fighting human trafficking in the past, in order to stop this crime and serve its vulnerable victims, we will need a more organized effort, diverse partners and strategic plan. For no one organization, nor the government alone, can eradicate this crime and care for the victims. True partnership and collaboration is required. Courage Worldwide, Inc. is honored and more than willing to be a part of a nationwide effort, collaboration and campaign adding our voices to the cry – “Not in My Country.”

Courage Worldwide’s Not in My Country (Swahili: Sio Katika Nchi Yangu) campaign was created as a comprehensive program relevant for any sector of the community to become informed and equipped to identify, condemn and challenge the evils of human trafficking that permeate society. 

If you would like to learn more on how to bring this campaign into your community in Tanzania or in the East African region, contact info@courageworldwide.org for more information. 

Courage Products

Visit our Courage Products Online Shop now!

At Courage House, we are committed to supporting the residents through their college/university education or vocational training program so they can follow their dreams, and ensure they won’t be trapped in the life of sexual exploitation ever again.

Almost two years ago,  Courage Worldwide had ten Courage House residents  who were ready and were qualified to attend college, a university and/or vocational training but we had limited funds for tuition.  Courage Worldwide wanted to equip, encourage and empower them in realising their dreams. The residents brainstormed ways to raise money for their education. They decided to create handmade products to sell to small volunteer teams that visited Tanzania. These products were immediately a hit! 

This small project has since evolved into a comprehensive transitional program called Courage Leadership Academy. Our Courage House Tanzania graduates join this program, and based on their Unique Life Plan, they are equipped with vocational skills such as sewing, culinary,  and jewelry making. Life skills are also a part of the leadership academy experience; skills such as English, computers and leadership are taught to each resident.  The goal of this transitional program is to give each resident the tools and skills then need to thrive as transition to independent, adult lives. 

This is how Courage Products was born. We love that this project imparts meaningful skills, teaches hard work and raises money for their further education! 

The residents are proud of their newfound skills, and are so grateful for the love you have shown through your purchases! Within Courage Leadership Academy, residents are studying law, social work, communications and computers, hotel management, salon work, tailoring, and education. Because of your support, these incredible young women are able to turn their dreams into reality.

Hear from one of the members of Courage Leadership Academy, how Courage House has changed her life and her hope for what is in store for her future.

Future Plans

Double Capacity

Our goal in the year 2021 is to double our capacity. That would mean 60 survivors of trafficking would call Courage House home. 

Prototype and Replicate: 

The vision of Courage is to have Courage Houses anywhere in the world where they are needed. Victims around the world are in need of our program, in need of a safe home and family. Our restorative program is meant to be replicated in the United States and around the world. 

We have operated two residential homes in Northern California: one for minors and the other for residents over 18 years old. Due to a change in state licensing, minors who are trafficked are now placed in individual homes and families as opposed to group care. Courage Worldwide is working with various states throughout the country to bring a Courage House where needed and where group care is still licensed.

Right now, we have a Courage House in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania. In the next 3-5 years we are aiming to open another Courage House in Tanzania or in the East African region.

Courage Cafe:

As a nonprofit organization, one of the biggest obstacles we face is funding. In order to combat this, it has always been in the blueprint of Courage Worldwide to open a cafe in the community alongside Courage House. 

Not only is Moshi the nearest city to Courage House Tanzania, it is the city at the base of majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro. In 2021, Courage Worldwide is opening Courage Cafe at the beautiful office space and vocational training program. Tourists, locals, and expats alike will be able to enjoy delicious coffee and bites while supporting survivors of trafficking at Courage House Tanzania!

This cafe will be: 

  • A flow of in-country funding through Courage Cafe and Courage Products
  • A hub for anti-trafficking education in the community and space for trainings
  • A source of employment for Courage House graduates and at-risk members of the community