Greetings dear readers, and my deepest apologies for the loooong delay in posting.  It’s been a busy time for The Toa Nafasi Project as well as for me personally and unfortunately our blog has suffered.

However, we are back!  And ready for action!!  So the next few posts will be catching you all up with our activities from the end of last year until the present time, and we will start with World Disability Day and how we at Toa commemorated it in 2019.

For those not in the know, the United Nations has designated every December 3rd since 1992 an international observance aimed at promoting an understanding of disability issues and mobilizing support for the dignity, rights, and well-being of persons with disabilities.  The day also seeks to increase awareness of how integrating those with disabilities in political, social, economic, and cultural life can yield benefits for our society at large.  Each year there is a new theme.

Last year, the theme was “The Future is Accessible,” meaning that we must come together and look toward a future where the barriers that stand in disabled people’s way no longer exist.  Toa Nafasi celebrated by joining in events organized by The Sibusiso Foundation in Arusha, a rehab center that provides aid to physically and mentally handicapped children.  Repping Toa at the festivities were Augustino and Ema, our dynamic directorial duo and you can see some fantastic photos taken by Ema below.

Hopefully in 2020, we’ll have the chance to join in again, and I promise that this year I will not be so delayed to report on such a beautiful and important day!

Participants in the parade hold signs of hope and encouragement

 

“Educating children with mental disabilities to help themselves.”

 

The gathering was literally THOUSANDS strong….

 

….Augustino among them!

 

Inclusion is a beautiful thing!

 

Guests of honor gave their speeches

 

And acrobats performed for fun and games!