When you read this, we’ll be on route to Tanzania, here is why #lastingchange

tanzania mother and child
Proving Progress with Sport Relief #lastingchange  on #IWD2014

It is International Women’s Day on 8th  March and Penny, Annie and Tanya from Team Honk will be helping Comic Relief raise even more vital funds by highlighting projects that have helped women in Tanzania get jobs, start businesses and secure a future for their families and communities.

Our visit is about demonstrating #lastingchange, we’ll be blogging and tweeting from Tanzania, just one of the places in the world where Sport Relief funding kicks off change, improving not just one person’s life, but giving people a leg up so their families and whole communities benefit from the ripple effect.

A small amount of money can be all that’s needed to help people in unimaginably tough situations turn their lives around. The Gatsby Trust provides training and mentoring to help women entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground, in very challenging environments.

We can’t wait to meet the inspiring project workers and women creating lasting change. We want to show people how even a small donation can change someone’s life. We can’t wait to smell the soap, taste the food and wine and stroke the batik and textiles.

Find out more about Sport Relief’s goals, Tanzania and the project below. Find out how we are all feeling as we set off here, here and here.

How can you help?

5 MINS  Please RT, share and support any updates you see with the #lastingchange hashtag.

20 MINS We would love to send you a digital postcard for your blog, and invite you to help us make lots of noise online on Saturday for International Women’s Day using #lastingchange #IWD14 Sign up here for postcards, but be quick as this sign up form is only open until 7pm, Wednesday 6th March.

30MINS @Britmums have a #lastingchange Twitter party Friday 7th March between 1 and 1.30pm UK time.

DONATE You can help create #lastingchange by sponsoring #teamhonkrelay for Sport Relief

GET INVOLVED Join up for your local Sport Relief event here.

Please continue to support #teamhonkrelay, we will be cheering them madly too!

Why the Gatsby Trust?


Comic Relief has awarded Tanzania Gatsby Trust a grant of £264,959 over three years so they can continue helping women in Tanzania. 

The number of women running small businesses in Tanzania has increased dramatically in the last 20 years; but these women have faced many challenges, for example, harassment, and demand for bribes from police and officials.

They also face challenges as a result of their gender, a culture that sees them primarily as wives and mothers rather than businesswomen, the demands of being primary carer, their lack of influence in decision making at home and beyond. Loans and finance are harder to access as a woman. Lack of education leaves women without essential literacy and numeracy skills they need.

The Gatsby Trust helps 1000 female entrepreneurs by educating both women and their partners about women’s rights and providing support and training, it has been around since 1992.

Tanya spoke to Kirsty Allsopp last year about her visit to the Gatsby Trust, you can read all about it here, and do watch the video.


Why women?

tanzania woman at work

The stastistics speak for themselves:

  • 70% of the world’s poorest people are women and they own only 1% of the world’s property.
  • Nearly 50% of all sexual assaults worldwide are against girls aged 15 years or younger
  • Domestic violence is the largest cause of women’s injury and death – leading to more deaths and disability among women aged 15-44 than malaria, war, traffic accidents and cancer.
  • The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that female genital mutilation (FGM) has affected as many as 138 million women and girls in Africa, and the numbers continue to rise every year.
  • Many women and girls have poor access to education and about two thirds of all illiterate people are women.

The UK Government matchfunded the £16 million which Comic Relief had already committed to spend helping change the lives of women and girls across Africa, using money raised through public donations for Red Nose Day 2013.

This combined total of £32 million from DIFD and Comic Relief will:

  • help girls get a better education
  • address violence against women
  • make childbirth safer for both mothers and babies
  • make it easier for female farmers to make a better, more sustainable living
  • and empower women to become leaders in making decisions that affect their lives.

The message is clear – we must help to give girls and women a voice if we’re serious about transforming not only families and communities, but economies and whole countries as well

International Development Secretary Justine Greening , March 2013


Why Tanzania?


Tanzania is a politically stable country, but, it is still one of the poorest countries in the world with one third of its population living below the poverty level and over half of the rural population living with no access to an adequate water source.

We will be in Dar es Salaam, one of the fastest growing cities in the world.  Unfortunately, this rapid urban expansion also means Tanzania has one of the highest rates of slum growth in Africa.  The UN estimates that 70% of the population of Dar es Salaam now live in slums.

Tanzania has spectacular nature and wildlife including Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, and national parks such as the Serengeti. The country’s main exports include gold, sisal, cloves, coffee, cotton, cashew nuts, minerals, and tobacco. Yet trade is still an issue. If Africa could regain just an additional 1% share of global trade, it would earn $70 billion more in exports each year – more than double what the region currently receives in aid.

Since Comic Relief began it has funded 128 grants to organisations working in Tanzania to the value of over £46.8 million.

  • 28% of the population is living below the poverty line.
  • 5.1% of the adult population is living with HIV—that’s 1.5 million people.
  • 1.2 million children have been orphaned by AIDS.
  •  1 in every 19 children dies before they reach their 5th birthday.
  • Nearly one third of the adult population is illiterate.
  • 42% of children have had their growth stunted due to poor nutrition.
  • 16% of children are underweight.
  • Only about half of the population has access to clean water.
  • Only 12% of the population has access to adequate sanitation.
  • Only 49% of births are accompanied by a skill birth attendant.
  • 1 in 5 children is involved in child labour.
  • 1 in 4 girls aged 15-24 is illiterate.

Images and stats thanks to Comic Relief

Disclosure – our visit is not funded by public donations, this is further explained here


  1. Wow – your secret things get even more epic by the day! I have signed up for a digital postcard and I look forward to hearing all about how Sports Relief has changed these women’s lives xx

  2. What is being achieved now is just amazing. I cannot wait to read about your experiences and learn about the incredible help all the donations are affording.

  3. This is incredible. Thanks for going and sharing what you find with us, so we can share it widely over here. Team Honk is one amazing and powerful bundle of love and loveliness 🙂 x

  4. Brilliant, I saw first hand in Ethiopia what a difference it makes when you empower women and help them to become self-sufficient, they flourish and their kids flourish and things change.
    Have a blessed trip, I’ll be praying for you all. Mich x

  5. […] Team Honk is about bloggers raising money and awareness for Comic Relief. To celebrate International Women’s Day #iwd2014, Tanya, Annie and Penny are in Tanzania finding out how donations to Sport Relief last year have created female entrepreneurs and #lastingchange for women, their families and communities and beyond. You can read more information about Team Honk and #lastingchange here […]

  6. I find it so incredibly sad that so many people are suffering, and that women are still treated this way, but it is good to know that there are changes happening and that I can help play a small part in helping with it. Thank you for all you do, including instigating me being a part of it.

  7. You ladies are amazing. I saw the photo where you looked so tired today – but I can also see how inspired you are. It was an honour to be able to share at least some of your travels on my blog x

  8. […] A small amount of money can be all that’s needed to help people in unimaginably tough situations turn their lives around. The Gatsby Trust provides training and mentoring to help women entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground, in very challenging environments. You can read more here. […]

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