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EMFERD

Support young people with disabilities from Morogoro’s remote rural areas by helping the children with their daily activities and by raising awareness about the challenges they face within the local community.

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EMFERD

Support young people with disabilities from Morogoro’s remote rural areas by helping the children with their daily activities and by raising awareness about the challenges they face within the local community.

  • Skilled & Unskilled
  • Healthcare · Childcare
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1. WHAT IS THE PROJECT ABOUT?

Emferd is a non-profit organization that aims to educate and provide social, moral and psychological support to people with disabilities from the remote rural areas of Morogoro.

Emferd's objective is to ensure that people with disabilities are equipped with quality education and are given appropriate support according to their respective impairments.

Josephine Bakhita, or Mama Bakhita as everyone calls her, founded the centre in 2011 in memory of her child, Erick. He was born with multiple congenital defects and because of that he suffered discrimination and humiliation from the community he lived in throughout his life.
Mama Bakhita's plan for the future is to expand Emferd and to provide a significant contribution to the education and rehabilitation of the disabled in Tanzania. She aims to buy the machinery necessary to support the mobility of the disabled children and to educate the extended families about acceptance.

Most children were abandoned or are orphans and for this reason, they live at the centre. The project hosts 18 children and 6 members of staff, composed of a director, 3 community workers and some paraprofessional workers who take care of the invalid children. The staff receives a small allowance.

Emferd is funded by some private donors from Europe and by the Friends of Emferd within Morogoro. Mama Bakhita is always looking for more funds to afford the appliances to support the children.

2. WHAT WILL YOUR ROLE AND TASKS BE?

Emferd offers a variety of daily activities the volunteers can engage in depending on their skills, including:

Helping parents of youths with disabilities in developing entrepreneurial skills by organising trainings and workshops;
Doing home visits in the villages around Morogoro and speaking to the families of children with disabilities;
Helping the staff with referrals to health facilities;
Participating in projects such as bee keeping, poultry and swine farming, crop farming, horticulture, gardening, handcrafting and cultural tourism;
Providing other services such as cleaning, childcare, physiotherapy and medication;
Organising games and sports for the kids at the centre.

Volunteers work all day Monday to Friday and have the weekends off.

3. WHICH SKILLS ARE REQUIRED?

This project is suitable to both skilled and unskilled volunteers who:

Are at least 18 years of age at the time of arrival;
Have a good knowledge of spoken and written English;
Are flexible and open minded;
Have a desire to help others.

Having previous experience working with people with disabilities is an advantage, but not a requirement.

4. WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE THIS PROJECT?

By helping people from forgotten rural areas, this project is fully committed in fighting ignorance and prejudice against people with disabilities. Volunteers who are not afraid to be faced with this harsh reality will get the benefit of opening their eyes and mind to what it means to actually live in rural Africa. Furthermore, teaching disabled children can be tough, but also extremely rewarding.

The main challenge to expect is the language barrier, since most people at the centre and in the villages don't speak English. Furthermore, if you haven't had any previous experience dealing with disabled people, it can be hard to adjust at the beginning.

By working at Emferd, volunteers can learn new practical skills and how to be adaptable and open-minded.

1. WHAT IS THE PROJECT ABOUT?

Emferd is a non-profit organization that aims to educate and provide social, moral and psychological support to people with disabilities from the remote rural areas of Morogoro.

Emferd's objective is to ensure that people with disabilities are equipped with quality education and are given appropriate support according to their respective impairments.

Josephine Bakhita, or Mama Bakhita as everyone calls her, founded the centre in 2011 in memory of her child, Erick. He was born with multiple congenital defects and because of that he suffered discrimination and humiliation from the community he lived in throughout his life.
Mama Bakhita's plan for the future is to expand Emferd and to provide a significant contribution to the education and rehabilitation of the disabled in Tanzania. She aims to buy the machinery necessary to support the mobility of the disabled children and to educate the extended families about acceptance.

Most children were abandoned or are orphans and for this reason, they live at the centre. The project hosts 18 children and 6 members of staff, composed of a director, 3 community workers and some paraprofessional workers who take care of the invalid children. The staff receives a small allowance.

Emferd is funded by some private donors from Europe and by the Friends of Emferd within Morogoro. Mama Bakhita is always looking for more funds to afford the appliances to support the children.

2. WHAT WILL YOUR ROLE AND TASKS BE?

Emferd offers a variety of daily activities the volunteers can engage in depending on their skills, including:

Helping parents of youths with disabilities in developing entrepreneurial skills by organising trainings and workshops;
Doing home visits in the villages around Morogoro and speaking to the families of children with disabilities;
Helping the staff with referrals to health facilities;
Participating in projects such as bee keeping, poultry and swine farming, crop farming, horticulture, gardening, handcrafting and cultural tourism;
Providing other services such as cleaning, childcare, physiotherapy and medication;
Organising games and sports for the kids at the centre.

Volunteers work all day Monday to Friday and have the weekends off.

3. WHICH SKILLS ARE REQUIRED?

This project is suitable to both skilled and unskilled volunteers who:

Are at least 18 years of age at the time of arrival;
Have a good knowledge of spoken and written English;
Are flexible and open minded;
Have a desire to help others.

Having previous experience working with people with disabilities is an advantage, but not a requirement.

4. WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE THIS PROJECT?

By helping people from forgotten rural areas, this project is fully committed in fighting ignorance and prejudice against people with disabilities. Volunteers who are not afraid to be faced with this harsh reality will get the benefit of opening their eyes and mind to what it means to actually live in rural Africa. Furthermore, teaching disabled children can be tough, but also extremely rewarding.

The main challenge to expect is the language barrier, since most people at the centre and in the villages don't speak English. Furthermore, if you haven't had any previous experience dealing with disabled people, it can be hard to adjust at the beginning.

By working at Emferd, volunteers can learn new practical skills and how to be adaptable and open-minded.

WHAT OUR VOLUNTEERS SAY ABOUT THIS PROJECT

“The best thing about my project was that it allowed me to learn a lot about the African culture and how Tanzanians live. I also had the chance to visit rural villages, which was an unique experience”
Alice

WHAT IS OUR FEE?

Select the number of weeks for your program…

Volunteer or internship program Volunteer & travel program
  • ALL PROGRAMS include airport pick up and drop off, two nights in a hotel in Dar Es Salaam on arrival, two days orientation, Swahili language class, placement in a host family (including three meals a day), in-country transport, UPTZ support before and during your stay and a project contribution.
  • The VOLUNTEER & TRAVEL PROGRAM additionally includes a unique and personalised travel experience suited to your budget, organised by us.
    You can decide to combine multiple itineraries and the price will depend on the type of accommodation chosen - budget, mid-range or luxury - and the number of people travelling.
  • Volunteers are responsible for covering the payment of their flight, travel insurance and visa.
  • We also organize a number of EXTRA ACTIVITIES such as cooking class, tour of Dar Es Salaam, a day in Mikadi Beach and a weekend in Morogoro, Bagamoyo or Dar Es Salaam. For an additional fee, one or more of these can be added on top of your selected program.
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