Our main activity is vocational training in traditional basket weaving and craft-making.All of our members are provided with a comprehensive training and with raw materials to begin their work. Upon completion, they are paid an above-average market price for each product. Completed items are sold locally, in our gallery and all over Rwanda in different places. The remaining profit is used to support the running of the organization, to purchase raw materials, and for member transport fees. Our accounting is run transparently and is available for inspection at any time.
art therapy was introduced at the beginning of TTA in 2015 and its aim was to get these people together and create artworks as a team work. The aim was for them to be in a community where they can feel comfortable and discuss shared problems they are facing as people with disabilities in a local society. The art therapy helped them to become confident and feel like they are no different to others. Recently, weaving baskets is considered as a form of art therapy where new members are meeting the existing members while working on something creative which at the same time provides an income for them.
At our HQ base in Kigali, we offer English language classes to all our beneficiaries. We receive many international and local volunteers who come Monday to Thursday to teach English from 9am to 10am. We have developed a curriculum that suits the best and new volunteers can follow. In addition, we teach writing and reading skills to those who have never been to school. We didn’t adapt the school system of teaching as most of the beneficiaries have never been to school.
We have started supporting children of parents with disabilities, so far we are supporting 20 kids. We believe that when their parents grow older, they will be less able to work, therefore they will need more support. If their children receive a good education, they will have better chances in the future with employment. We work to identify sponsors to cover their school fees. Currently, we help to support over twenty children and hoping to support many more in the future. $25 a month covers the school fees, school materials and uniforms, management fees and extra private education for school subjects that the child needs to be helped with
Our volunteers are nurses from local universities who come and teach about reproductive health and family planning. Other volunteers come to make presentations using a projector on various subjects. Most presentations are done by foreigners talking about their countries and cultures. We have also had presentations about sport, food and health as well. Family planning and reproductive health education is being taught by volunteers who are mostly midwifes or nurses from local hospitals. They are mostly having private one on one tuition, or ladies groups as they are teaching and talking about sensitive topics. These classes are not regular, but they happen a few times a year.