Finally update from our awareness building happening. We visited Duga, Mkinga which is the North-East Tanzanian boarder area and ends to Horohoro boarder leading to Kenya trough coast.
The week started with Awareness building happening, which went very well, we had all major district leaders gathered, many families from the programme and most of the local village people. We had head of all religious groups, head of police, education, heads of all villages, Maasai leaders and so on. The head officer of police also asked to have copies of the presentations to share them!
|All the local leaders gathered, me next to the local educational officer|
Programme was supposed to start at 10.00 am, so I was happy when we actually started only an hour late. First there was of course dance while waiting for the rest of the guests to arrive.
|Dance was so fast I was struggling to get photos of this lot of dancers :)|
|There was maybe around 200 people participating|
The ITV Tanzanian national television channel was filming the happening, and two weeks after the day we're like local celebrities. I've had at least 6 people saying tome in town "you were on TV talking of disabilities!" Which is good cause it means many many people have seen the show. Which on other hand is weird cause I haven't. Might be better with my western self criticism.
Beyond the large number of people in the happening we could already in the end of the week see the effects. We had around 30 new children and adolescence into the programme some with severe and multiple disabilities, kept indoors or only at the family house until now. And one completely new village.
In the evening we started the "Disability cinema" with our projector, one laptop, small table speakers and white sheet hang on trees with ropes. And it was a success! we might have had more people than at the day time.
|Rehema one of our community workers in Mkinga|