By Allison Taylor | Fundraising and Communications Manager
In 2018 The Toa Nafasi Project assessed 475 Standard One schoolchildren across four Tanzanian primary schools. Of these children we supported 230 with learning difficulties, helped 30 students obtain medical or psychosocial care and placed 3 students in a locally-run rehabilitation center for children with more severe disabilities increasing the number of students we assist in this way to 13.
We also provided further development opportunities to our 12 tutors and head tutor. These are local women who were previously unemployed or underemployed. The Toa Nafasi Project empowers our tutors both economically and personally.
In 2019 we have expanded to an additional five primary schools in Northern Tanzania bringing our total to nine schools. To support this expansion we have hired and trained 15 more tutors and employed additional local staff for administrative and operational positions. This marks the commencement of an ongoing expansion process that The Toa Nafasi Project anticipates will see an increase in the number of schools, children and local women supported by us.
Our partnerships with the locally-run Gabriella Rehabilitation Centre and the International Association of Special Education continued to strengthen and provided invaluable support for our program.
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