Social work for disabled children Physical Therapy for disabled children Paje, Zanzibar, Tanzania More Africa
Special education, physical therapy, social skills training & more. More Africa is looking for professionals and students who want to work with disabled children.
Social work for disabled children Paje, Zanzibar, Tanzania More Africa
Special education, physical therapy, social skills training & more. More Africa is looking for professionals and students who want to work with disabled children
Guesthouse for charity management assistant Paje, Zanzibar, Tanzania More Africa
More Africa has a school for children with disabilities. In addition, More Africa runs a non-profit guesthouse. All income of the guesthouse goes directly to the school.

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Project Details

More Africa is a special school for physical and/or mental disabled children in Paje, Zanzibar. We provide special education, physical therapy, daycare and medical care.

More Africa
More Africa is a non-governmental organization (NGO) on Zanzibar which focuses on children and young adults with physical and/or mental disabilities. The special school provides special education, physical therapy, medical help, training and daycare to children who aren’t allowed anywhere else because of their disability.

Goals
More Africa is a NGO founded in 2015 by the Dutch Ellen van Beers.
The main aim of More Africa is the special school, in order to provide every child the right to education, therapy and/or meaningful daytime activities. On Zanzibar, education, counseling or therapy for children/young adults with disabilities are not obvious. Parents often struggle with the fact that they want the best for their child, but the child cannot go anywhere and will not be accepted at regular schools. For these children, More Africa is there. We provide customized education, counseling and therapy.

Our approach
The More Africa school offers a nursery, primary and physical therapy department. Besides, More Africa offers job opportunities for young adults with disabilities from the age of 18 and older. In this way we strive to increase positive impacts of tourism and decrease the negative sides of tourism, by focussing on community based tourism.
The More Africa school offers these children and young adults the opportunity to develop themselves in a familiar and safe environment, as More Africa works with individual careplans and all children have their own personal goals they would like to achieve. 
More Africa is a progressive organization on Zanzibar when it comes to involving parents in the development, guidance and support of their child. More Africa is convinced that it is essential to involve parents in the development of the child. In this way parents can continue the development at home, in the familiar surroundings.

Departments
More Africa supports children and young adults with special needs in their development through physical therapy, training, special education and daycare. More Africa works with five departments:
1. Nursery
This group consists toddlers and children with major development delays. We prepare them for the primary school by teaching them basic scholar and social skills.
2. Primary school
This group consists of children who are not allowed in Zanzibar to go to a government school due to their disabilities
3. Daycare
More Africa offers daycare for children with severe mental disabilities. We offer these children education by experiential learning. This means that it is about education in which you allow children to gain as much experience as possible, so that they learn to experience and discover for themselves.
4. Physical Therapy
This group consists of children with multiple disabilities. We offer these children especially physical therapy and daycare through sensory stimulation. These children often have Cerebral Palsy.
5. 18+ Trainingprogram
More Africa offers a training programme for people with disabilities from the age of 18.
The training program prepares our employees to work within the hospitality sector. We teach our employees to work as security, gardener, bartender, chef or housekeeper. We believe that everyone has the ability to be a meaningful member of the community. In this way we create employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

 

The main focus of the project is on
NPO Status
Yes, registered non-profit organization
Foundation Year
2015
Contact Person
Ellen van Beers
Ellen van Beers
Spoken Languages
Dutch
English

Social Impact

More Africa has supported 30 children between the ages of 0 and 21 over the past 5 years.
More Africa started in a garage in Chukwani, near Zanzibar city. Here we started with 3 children and slowly grew. After 1 year we have had the opportunity to further grow the project on the east coast. More Africa has realized the school and guesthouse here in the last 4 years. In the meantime, the project has gained great name recognition in Paje, and also in the rest of Zanzibar. The first year we literally had to look for children, because children with a disability are not so visible in Zanzibar. Now people are coming to us but we often have to disappoint them because the school is too small and we cannot place more children. More Africa wants to keep the quality high, so this is a struggle. On the one hand the project wants to help all children and offer them a place, on the other hand it must be possible to continue to do this at a high quality level.
In 2017, Ellen was followed for 10 days by the "Brabant Worldwide" program of Omroep Brabant, this broadcast can be found online.
More Africa works with individual care plans and all children have their own personal goals that are worked on daily. As a result, the progression of the children is monitored on a monthly basis and the goals are evaluated every three months and adjusted where possible. In this way the children continue to learn at their own pace.
More Africa has provided medical assistance to children, has diagnoses performed, has operations performed, supported parents, provided information, broke the taboo on disabilities, supervised volunteers and students, but perhaps most importantly: giving “our” children a voice again, also although they often cannot talk. Children can be themselves at More Africa and learn at their own pace. These children now receive schooling again, where they were not admitted to government schools. They can work on a future by playing in the guesthouse, and perhaps by learning the realization of the new school a trade in the studio. These children no longer need to be tucked away, but can show "here I am!"
Pursued Sustainable Development Goals

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