Highlighted are some of our activities
Chora Ndoto Yako
On July 28th 2023, CHF organized its third “Chora Ndoto Yako” event, centering on the delightful theme of fruits and vegetables. This event serves as a wonderful platform for parents with neural developmental disabilities, offering them a unique opportunity to engage with professional counselors, occupational therapists, and behavioral specialists who provide valuable advice and support. In addition to the valuable counseling and guidance, we were delighted to welcome volunteers from the National Microfinance Bank. These volunteers played a pivotal role in nurturing our children’s artistic and musical talents, fostering their growth and development
At “Chora Ndoto Yako,” we strive to create an inclusive and supportive environment for both children and parents. The theme of fruits and vegetables allowed our young participants to explore their creativity through art and music, using these themes as their source of inspiration. Simultaneously, the parents had the chance to consult with experts, learning how to best support their children’s unique needs and abilities. The presence of volunteers from the National Microfinance Bank exemplified the power of community involvement in nurturing the talents and potential of the children we serve, making this event a heartwarming and transformative experience for all involved. As we continue to bring our community closer together, we look forward to many more enriching “Chora Ndoto Yako” events in the future, each with its own unique theme and opportunities for growth.
1st PARENTS SEMINAR
Chadron’s Hope Foundation organized the first parents/guardians workshop of its kind, at Sea Shells Millennium Hotel Dar es Salaam. The aim of this workshop was to equip parents of children with developmental disabilities with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to recognize their children’s potential and plan for their success.
CHF organized a parents and guardians capacity building seminar aimed at empowering parents with tools that will help them realize the potential and plan for success for their children. Additionally, this activity provided parents an opportunity to network with families facing similar challenges. The seminar was facilitated by a professional facilitator, which led meaningful discussions and brainstorming sessions. The key note address was given by experienced children’s Psychology and Social Worker who provided science driven tools to help manage the challenging psychological aspects of taking care of a child with developmental disabilities. An accredited physical therapist was also available to teach parents techniques for them to work with their children at home. All instruction was provided in English and Kiswahili and were from East Africa to help bridge the gap between the more available western resources within the Tanzanian landscape.
CHF had overwhelming positive feedback from those who attended the first seminar. One parent shared that her child has greatly improved because of the simple exercises taught. Another parent said she truly gained a lot from the seminars and she wanted to be an ambassador for other mothers who could not attend.
Our CEO and founder of Chadron’s Hope Foundation also shared her personal feedback regarding the first seminar. “I never knew anything about planning for a child with developmental disabilities. I was overwhelmed with information. I didn’t have access or support and often felt lost. The first seminar taught me to be focused. At 5 years old Chadron could not chew, after setting targets and following a 6 months plan that I developed during the first seminar, Chadron has now graduated from blended food and now eats almost 90% of what my family eats. Every time I feed Chadron a spoonful, my heart is filled with gratitude for those, who have helped made it possible for me. I never imagined I would be celebrating this milestone with my son and sharing these successes with other seminar participants reminds me how important CHF’s work truly is.”
The Parents seminar was linked to another mass media activity aired by Azam TV in their morning trumpet program
2nd PARENTS SEMINAR
The second seminar aimed to continue building relationships with parents who have children with developmental disabilities, reinforce what was shared during the first seminar, find out what has worked for parents and provided professional knowledge on how to care for a child at home. The seminar offered expertise from 5 key speakers; Dr. June Msechu PHD, Children’s Psychology and Social Work, Ms. Aisha Siraji, Occupation Therapist, Steven Mbuya, Physiotherapist, John Bosco Kambanga, Speech Therapist, Dr. Deashisaria Rimoy, Pediatrician.
The seminar had many activities including small group exercises so the participants could have a focused discussion with the professionals. It was a great opportunity for all participants since we have very few professionals in Tanzania. For example, there are only 2 known Speech Therapists in Tanzania and having one in the seminar was a great opportunity for everyone. Parents had the opportunity to discuss their unique challenges with professionals without any cost which was an exceptional opportunity. At the end of the seminar, participants were truly grateful and shared their deepest appreciation.
Spreading awareness in the community is an important objective of Chadron’s Hope Foundation’s work. Our Founder and CEO of Chadron’s Hope Foundation had the opportunity to speak to 2200 women about World Down Syndrome Day and developmental disabilities. We were able to increase our network of friends of Chadron’s Hope Foundation and create awareness of our efforts and brand. One participant was so inspired by our work she donates to and advocates for our mission, seen here wearing our World Down Syndrome Day t-shirts.
HOLIDAY SEASON CELEBRATION
Every Christmas we choose to celebrate the humanity in all of us and take time to address some needs of families that need it most. We believe no family should face the holiday season without some joy and community.
CHF collected non-perishable food, clothing and money to purchase medical supplies for the children with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities and their families. We will deliver these goods for a lifesaving Christmas gift.
In addition to providing direct support for underprivileged families that have children with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities, we also brought together all our stakeholders to celebrate our achievements, continue building our network and inspire all to connect to our mission. We were able to raise enough funds that sponsored the dinner event, buy food and essential goods and health insurance for many deserving families.