The second annual Tumaini La Maisha Festival took place at Nafasi Art Space in Dar es Salaam on Saturday 31st August 2019.
The Festival aims to raise funds and awareness about childhood cancer and the free treatment offered for all children in Tanzania through Tumaini La Maisha. Tumaini La Maisha work with Nafasi Art Space throughout the year and are incredibly grateful to them for the joy, childhood spirit and fun they have injected into our amazing psycho-social programme. Tumaini La Maisha believe in treating the whole patient, and so to care for the children’s psycho-social needs and preserve the very important role of play is central to our ethos.
The Festival started with a ChapChap class facilitated by Nafasi for the children well enough to leave the ward for the day. Parents were welcome to take part in a group yoga class, and also helped our wonderful skills teacher Prisca at our Parents Skills Market selling the gifts and accessories they make while living at the hospital. A portion of the profits goes to the parent who created the craft, so that no one is going home empty handed or without their psycho-social needs met.
After an address from Tumaini La Maisha CEO and Paediatric Oncologist Dr Trish Scanlan, the Director of the board Gerald Mongella and our guest of honour, Ambassador of Ireland to Tanzania, H.E. Paul Sherlock, the children’s art exhibition ‘Fruit Punch’ and ‘Don’t Give Up On Me’ video were launched. Thanks to James Gayo, BM Visuals, Elvis Mulokozi and Nafasi Art Space for their important roles in these. To see these exhibitions, stay posted to the blog updates! The Festival also featured dance and music performances by the children and later in the night from Grace Matata, Uhuru Republic, Frankie Maston and Safi Theatre among others.
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