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MEHAYO

Help to improve the quality of life of mentally handicapped people by teaching them practical skills such as pottery, gardening, painting, farming, sowing and bracelet making.

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MEHAYO

Help to improve the quality of life of mentally handicapped people by teaching them practical skills such as pottery, gardening, painting, farming, sowing and bracelet making.

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

Mehayo is a Tanzanian non-governmental organization established with the aim of helping mentally handicapped people in Morogoro.

Mental disability is still a big stigma in the Tanzanian communities, especially in the remote villages. Families still discriminate and often hide their disabled or mentally handicapped children from the rest of the village as it is considered shameful.

Mehayo was founded to combat this prejudice by teaching some practical skills, such as pottery, gardening, painting, sowing or bracelet making, and by raising better awareness of mental disabilities among their parents and the local population.

The organization provides shelter for 42 mentally handicapped people, ranging from 7 to 42 years of age; most of them live at the centre.

The staff is composed entirely by local and international volunteers. Although most of them are not trained in the field of mental disability, their aim is to support Mehayo by contributing with their knowledge, skills, time and energy.

Mehayo was founded in 1995 by Linda Ngido and registered as an NGO in 1998.
The centre generates a small income by selling home-made products, including the food they cultivate. Other sources of finance are occasional donations provided by individual benefactors.

2. WHAT WILL YOUR ROLE AND TASKS BE?

Volunteers can join a series of different activities scheduled daily:

Helping with gardening, arts and crafts or pottery making;
Teaching music, swimming, painting or sowing;
Going to school with the children who attend primary school;
Remaining at the facility to assist children who are unable to attend school;
Helping the local staff in the farm, which is a short distance from the centre.

Volunteers are encouraged to develop their own work according to their strengths and areas of expertise.
At Mehayo, the staff always welcomes any new ideas brought by volunteers and is always open to learn new skills.

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 adaptable 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?

Mehayo is at the forefront of the fight against prejudice towards mentally handicapped people and, although at time it can be difficult to cope with this reality, it can also be extremely rewarding to be involved in the project.
Since its beginning, the centre has become a family where everyone learns together and volunteers are always welcome to be part of this family.
The staff is always open to listen to any suggestions the volunteers may have and to put them into action.

The main challenge to expect is that the living conditions are very basic, so the volunteers will need to be adaptable and open minded. Furthermore, if you haven't had any previous experience dealing with mentally handicapped people, it can be tough to adjust at the beginning.

By working at Mehayo, volunteers can learn new practical skills and how to be adaptable and corageous in front of difficulties.

1. WHAT IS THE PROJECT ABOUT?

Mehayo is a Tanzanian non-governmental organization established with the aim of helping mentally handicapped people in Morogoro.

Mental disability is still a big stigma in the Tanzanian communities, especially in the remote villages. Families still discriminate and often hide their disabled or mentally handicapped children from the rest of the village as it is considered shameful.

Mehayo was founded to combat this prejudice by teaching some practical skills, such as pottery, gardening, painting, sowing or bracelet making, and by raising better awareness of mental disabilities among their parents and the local population.

The organization provides shelter for 42 mentally handicapped people, ranging from 7 to 42 years of age; most of them live at the centre.

The staff is composed entirely by local and international volunteers. Although most of them are not trained in the field of mental disability, their aim is to support Mehayo by contributing with their knowledge, skills, time and energy.

Mehayo was founded in 1995 by Linda Ngido and registered as an NGO in 1998.
The centre generates a small income by selling home-made products, including the food they cultivate. Other sources of finance are occasional donations provided by individual benefactors.

2. WHAT WILL YOUR ROLE AND TASKS BE?

Volunteers can join a series of different activities scheduled daily:

Helping with gardening, arts and crafts or pottery making;
Teaching music, swimming, painting or sowing;
Going to school with the children who attend primary school;
Remaining at the facility to assist children who are unable to attend school;
Helping the local staff in the farm, which is a short distance from the centre.

Volunteers are encouraged to develop their own work according to their strengths and areas of expertise.
At Mehayo, the staff always welcomes any new ideas brought by volunteers and is always open to learn new skills.

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 adaptable 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?

Mehayo is at the forefront of the fight against prejudice towards mentally handicapped people and, although at time it can be difficult to cope with this reality, it can also be extremely rewarding to be involved in the project.
Since its beginning, the centre has become a family where everyone learns together and volunteers are always welcome to be part of this family.
The staff is always open to listen to any suggestions the volunteers may have and to put them into action.

The main challenge to expect is that the living conditions are very basic, so the volunteers will need to be adaptable and open minded. Furthermore, if you haven't had any previous experience dealing with mentally handicapped people, it can be tough to adjust at the beginning.

By working at Mehayo, volunteers can learn new practical skills and how to be adaptable and corageous in front of difficulties.

WHAT OUR VOLUNTEERS SAY ABOUT THIS PROJECT

“The children and the workers at Mehayo were what I loved the most during my 8 weeks as a volunteer. I am extremely grateful I decided to go to Mehayo and Tanzania, it is honestly one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life.”

Hugo

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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