Greetings from the entire Toa Nafasi team and this being the first time you are hearing from us this year, we wouldn’t want to miss the chance to wish you and yours; Happy New Year 2023! We’re grateful for your end of year generosity and kindness helping us kicking off right the 2023 academic year for our unique grade 1 students. Additionally, we’re elated to keep you on the loop yet again on the continuity of our program, our plans for the year and the achievements we’ve made so far.
Observation has Begun
Tutor Doreen is observing children enrolled in grade 1 in Jitegemee Primary School for social behaviors, adaptive abilities, and motor skills. She has noticed that one of the students walks with a piece of cloth holding it close to her right ear. She gets close to get her name and understands what is going on. She learns, Maria (not her real name) feels water pouring in her ear and she hopes to catch it with the piece of cloth. Doreen will continue to test Amina and her peers for literacy, numeracy, and cognitive skills to get a full picture. Further, Doreen and all Toa Nafasi tutors in all 11 primary schools will call in for one on one sessions, Maria’s parents and parents of all students identified with learning difficulties to better understand the challenges that impair their children's learning. Maria will eventually be taken to a partner hospital for diagnosis and treatment and tutor Doreen will continue to support her and her peers throughout the year.
Nutrition Support Continues
Toa Nafasi tutors continues to support grade 2 students -- the 2022 cohort of Toa students due to graduate in March this year.We're continuing to support the cohort finish the program by tutoring and offering free nutritional cup of porridge. The latter support is our effort to alleviate hunger and the consequent stunting of body and mind. We are determined to have these children stay in class, learn, and play. These are some of the many benefits Toa students gain from the free meals in school. Learn more about our 2022 Cohort and achivements here
Toa Nafasi team of tutors and office staff travelled to SOS Children’s Villages, Arusha on January 27 for a learning visit. As part of our on-going professional support, tutors learned family-like care services, parenting techniques, alternative discipline, easy hand-made tools that enhance learning and experiential learning for children through chores from SOS Children's Villages professional social workers, family mothers, a father, aunts and child protection officer. Furthermore, tutors learned how they could best support children with learning disabilities applying lessons gained from visiting our partner, SOS Children’s Villages. The learning visit was not only informative but also fun and engaging.
Folding New Partnerships
We are thrilled to share that we have been accepted into the Issroff Family Foundation’s Collaborative Learning Initiative (CLI) 2023 Cohort. Over the course of the year, our Executive Director, Novatus Marandu, while working with the Toa Nafasi team, will join Issroff Family Foundation’s leadership development program designed to facilitate relevant and authentic peer-to-peer learning opportunities for rising leaders of community-based organizations. At the program’s end, Toa Nafasi will have developed a new strategic plan and formed meaningful partnerships with the cohort members from the rest of East Africa. Additionally, this learning initiative is also an opportunity to meet and connect with partners from around the world brought together by Issroff Family Foundation. We are so excited to have been chosen to participate in this practical and prestigious program!
New Tailoring Workshop
We’re also excited to share that we have expanded our program to include an entrepreneurial project to support low-income young mothers of children with learning disabilities with tailoring skills to produce different school supplies. The workshop also acts as a training space for previously unemployed women that we’re unable to hire as tutors or as tailors providing an opportunity for more women to gain useful skills and resources to start small businesses.
Nonetheless, we’re immensely grateful for our partner, A Childhood For Children, for supporting the women tailors at our workshop to make 254 school bags for 2023 Toa Nafasi and First Foundation students. A Childhood For Children is helping us support children with learning disabilities with educational items like these school bags, note books and pens removing all barriers to access education and therefore helping us channel our focus on the children’s academic, social and emotional learning. Would you like to support local women make a school bag for a child with learning disability? Donate here
Toa Nafasi tutors, staff and SOS Staff