Dec 2, 2019

The Toa Nafasi Project - Going towards 2020

Young girl working
Young girl working

We will be expanding our services once again next year, this time in 2 more schools in 2 more wards: Kaloleni Primary School in Kaloleni Ward and Jitegemee Primary School in Pasua Ward.  Thus, by 2020, we will have nearly reached halfway to our goal of having a Toa presence in 1 school in each of the 21 wards in Moshi Municipality.  Still quite a ways to go, but it’s a triumph of sorts.

In order to accommodate the new influx of pupils, we have already hired and begun to train 3 new tutors – Walimu Pendonsiana, Hajra, and Sauda – for a total of 29 local women who work assiduously under Hyasinta’s careful guidance.  We also hired an office manager to stay full-time at our office in Moshi town.

The graphic below shows the breakdown of our 2019 Tier 3 students at each of the current 9 participating school sites per the results of our initial assessment in April.  As we have reached 6 months into our intervention, the 2nd assessment has just been completed so we should see a lot of change very shortly.  (Check out Mwalimu Happyness congratulating a student on completing her test below!)  We should have those test results by the end of the year in time for our Q4 report.

Young boy working
Young boy working
Young boy and his tutor
Young boy and his tutor
Tutor with students
Tutor with students

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Sep 4, 2019

The Toa Nafasi Project - September Report

Toa Nafasi Class
Toa Nafasi Class

As we begin to look towards the end of 2019 The Toa Nafasi Project’s year has been a great success with our expansion into five new schools continuing to flourish, and our recent collaboration with the International Association for Special Education (IASE) on their biennial conference providing an invaluable experience. Founded in 1989 with the goal of improving quality of life and service delivery for individuals with special needs around the world, IASE fosters a culture of cross-collaboration in which members can share ideas and learn from each other.

This year, in July of 2019, IASE’s conference took place in Tanzania for the first time and members of The Toa Nafasi Project played an integral part in the planning process.  Well-placed within the country to provide assistance, we helped publicize the event; researched transportation, accommodation, and entertainment options; liaised with other IASE members and stakeholders; and drummed up local participation on the ground in Tanzania.

More than 350 delegates from 27 different countries were in attendance and participated in panels and sessions about different areas of special education from experts all around the world.

The theme of the conference was “Empowering Persons with Disabilities: Developing Resilience and Inclusive Sustainable Development.† The thinking is that if development is not inclusive, it will leave others behind.  And if it leaves others behind, it will not be sustainable.

This theme resonated strongly with the staff at Toa Nafasi, which after six years of operations on the ground consists of: Founder Sarah Rosenbloom, Deputy Director Augustino Valerian, Assistant Deputy Director Emmanuel Mnubi, Tutor Leader Hyasinta Macha, and 26 Tutors.  All our staff are Tanzanian with the exception of Sarah and Allison Taylor, our Fundraising and Communications Manager who works remotely from Australia.

Five members of our tutoring staff (along with Augustino, Ema, and Hyasinta) attended the IASE conference and participate with like-minded peers in panels and sessions regarding special needs and disability.  For many of them, it was their first opportunity to travel to a new part of their own country and mingle with people from all over the world.

Thus, polepole (slowly) and little by little, we at The Toa Nafasi Project like to think we have done our part to fulfill the theme of this past IASE conference.  We have aimed to empower young people with disabilities, as well as those who educate and care for them.  We have sought to develop resilience in both our tutors and students, encouraging them not to give up should they fail, but rather try another way around.  And we have built a model for development that is both inclusive and sustainable. 

IASE Conference
IASE Conference
Toa Nafasi Tutors at the IASE Conference
Toa Nafasi Tutors at the IASE Conference
Toa Nafasi Students
Toa Nafasi Students

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Jun 6, 2019

The Toa Nafasi Project - Rose's Story

Rose Assey
Rose Assey

As we go into June The Toa Nafasi Project's 2019 expansion project is well and truly underway. We are now reaching more children with learning difficulties in five more schools in Tanzania - bringing our total to nine! Our tutor numbers have also swelled and they have faced the challenges of supporting additional students with great dedication.

Rose Assey has recently been appointed the new Head Teacher for our program at Magereza Primary School.  She initially joined the tutoring staff in 2016 after hearing of The Toa Nafasi Project's work and deciding she wanted to be a part of what we do.

"In 2016 I was able to join Toa Nafasi and I was so happy to get that position."

Rose really enjoys working with the children and seeing the difference The Toa Nafasi Project is making through tutors like herself and through our referral system for children with medical or psycho-social issues.

"Many children now can read, write, and do mathematics. Children with various illnesses have been taken . . . for treatment and observation with the goal of solving their problems."

With support from tutors like Rose the future for The Toa Nafasi Project's children can only be bright!

And with your support dedicated tutors like Rose can continue to assist Tanzanian children with learning difficulties to give them the chance to reach their potential in their education and their later lives.

Rose - student group work
Rose - student group work
Rose - working with students
Rose - working with students
Rose - tutoring a young student
Rose - tutoring a young student

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