Talking through Art was founded in 2015 by Petr Kočnar, a young professional from the Czech Republic.
Walking the streets of Kigali, Petr kept noticing destitute people with disabilities. Since he had a previous work experience with disabled people and an art background, he decided to approach them and organize an art therapy program. After the success of his program, Petr officially established his NGO in February 2015 with the dream of helping disabled people gain new skills, confidence, and a place in the job market.
Clementine is a positive young woman even though life hasn’t always been easy. She was born with a condition called kyphosis which causes curving of the upper back. Clementine was widowed after only nine months of marriage when her husband died in a car accident.Learn more
Theophile is a spirited young man. He was only fourteen years old during the 1994 Rwandan genocide and lost both his parents and two siblings during that time. He managed to escape and hide with a friend. Later, he found his sister thanks to the Red Cross.Learn more
Emilienne is a young woman determined to succeed. Despite her legs being partially paralyzed due to polio, she is upbeat and very driven. Emilienne was only seven years old during the 1994 genocide and lost both her parents and two siblings.Learn more
Jeanne is a grandmother at only 40 years old. She lost her right arm in a car accident that happened on her way to work in 2007. She comes from a family of 12 but lost 7 of her siblings during the 1994 genocide.Learn more
Angelique has joined TTA in 2018 and became a friend of every one immediately. She is always full of joy, sometimes she is unable to stop laughing. She has suffered from polio when she was a kid and has problem walking.Learn more
Josee is a young woman determined to make a better life for herself and her three-year-old son. She struggled to support them both without a steady job and decided to send him to live with his grandmother.Learn more
Sarra is a young woman full of joy. She was born with a condition called kyphosis which causes curving of the spine. She joined the project in February 2015 and lives outside Kigali with her parents.Learn more
Fortunee is a mother of a young girl. Together they live on the outskirts of Kigali. Fortunee was born with a condition that left her partially paralyzed at the age of seven. She comes from a family of 12 children but unfortunately lost 8 of her siblings during the 1994 genocide.Learn more
Our youngest member, Beatrice, is a young girl full of joy. She was born with cerebral palsy, a condition that weakened her muscles but not her spirit. She loves interacting and will always greet you with the biggest smile. She is a wheelchair user and needs 24-hour care.Learn more
Petr Kočnar is a young professional with an art background and a passion for equality. Originally from the Czech Republic, he previously worked in London as a retail manager, and in Nairobi, running educational programs for children on eco-farming. Petr believes that disability is not an inability, and works toward equal opportunities for handicapped people. Petr has taken classes in mental health care, patient manual handling and first aid, and is a certified massage therapist. In his spare time, he loves travelling and photography.
$10 can buy lunch for 10 weavers. (TTA provides lunch every day at the Kigali main house and we all take a break and sit together)
$25 can cover electricity bills of two weeks at TTA main house
$50 would pay 1 month school fees for 2 children of parents with disabilities. (TTA now supports 20 children with school fees)
$100 would pay monthly transport to all TTA members that comes to TTA by public transport
$250 would help to pay one month rent for TTA house. (TTA house accommodates 3 members and 1 volunteer. TTA house has a gallery where visitors can come to shop for TTA products and share a cup of tea or coffee)
$500 would pay materials for one month for all TTA weavers, sisal, dyes and grass.
Every little helps and TTA will use it to grow and serve more women with disabilities and their children. For more information, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org