For those of you out there who didn’t receive Toa Nafasi’s whopper of a 2019 Q1 report on email last week, here’s what you missed!

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We hope this email finds you all well.  All of us at Toa are safi sana (very well!) and wanted to share a few highlights from the first quarter of 2019.

It has been a period of extreme growth for Toa Nafasi the last couple of months.  Although planned long ago, the implementation of our second-ever expansion has been an exercise in patience, but overall a great success.

Three years after our first expansion, we have scaled up again, this time into five more schools selected by the District Education Office and with their wholehearted sanction and support.

The difference between the two expansions has been seismic.  Because Toa pays homage to the existing system and aspires to strengthen it, our public-private partnership has made a tremendous difference in providing services for the students we aim to assist.

Working now in 9 schools across 8 wards in Moshi Municipality has us in contact with over 1000 Grade One pupils, all of whom have already been observed and assessed to determine if they are on track to accomplish the learning objectives set out for them in the national syllabus.  We are now working with their parents in order to ensure that each child is getting the best care both in school and at home.

In order to achieve this, our staff of 27 tutors are working tirelessly under the guidance of Project Leader, Hyasinta Macha, who has now held the longest tenure with Toa Nafasi.

Keeping things moving operationally is our stellar new Deputy Director, Augustino Valerian, who has a degree in finance.  Augustino formerly worked with Safe Youth Development, a youth-led non-profit to empower young people and women in rural areas of Tanzania.  When he’s not working, Augustino likes to ride his motorcycle on the rough roads of Moshi and Arusha!

And, in the areas of finance and administration, another talented young man, Emanuel Mnubi, also holding a degree in business economics, has joined Toa.  Ema formerly volunteered at various NGOs such as Pamoja Tunaweza, Uwezo, and Foot2Afrika and, in his free time, is an avid photographer and martial artist.

In addition to supporting struggling learners in the public primary school system and providing employment opportunities to local women who tutor them, The Toa Nafasi Project is dedicated to making available opportunities for professional development.  To this end, we have ramped up our efforts at staff trainings with weekly workshops, specialized seminars, and occasional instruction from international volunteers visiting Tanzania.  We look forward to a lot more of this in our second quarter as the 16th biennial conference of the International Association of Special Education hits Lushoto, about a five hour drive from Moshi.  Team Toa will be there in full effect!

As always, our sincerest thanks go out to all our friends and donors who make this important work possible.

Because of your support, 30 Tanzanian adults are gainfully employed and have a continued investment in their professional development.

Because of your support, approximately 500 Tanzanian children will receive the assistance needed to pass successfully to the next grade.

And, because of your support, The Toa Nafasi Project enters a new phase of being, one in which we share the mantle of responsibility with local government authorities for educating for the latest generation of Tanzanian youth.

We look forward to reporting back again in July regarding our second quarter activities, most notably regarding the IASE conference at which we are guaranteed to be a fierce and fantastic presence!