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Organization Location: 
Dar es Salaam
Tanzania Federation of Sports for the Deaf
  • Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Swahili, English
Organization Description
Tanzania Federation of Sports for the Deaf ("TFSD") is a national sports, culture and recreation focused NGO, working to facilitate and develop sports, culture and physical fitness related initiatives through educational activities undertaken across Tanzania. TFSD was officially recognised as an NGO on the 6th May 2003, under the National Sports Council of Tanzania Act (1967). Its registration number is NSC: 7766.

TFSD is committed to delivering initiatives in the following three areas:

1. Sport:
• Athletics
• Badminton
• Handball
• Basketball
• Volleyball
• Table Tennis
• Tennis
• Football
• Swimming
• Martial Arts
• Bowling
• Cycling
• Golf
• Wrestling
• Indoor Athletics

2. Culture and Recreation:
• Developed initiatives focused on deaf theatre, shows, poetry, arts, drama, plays, comedy, music and choirs
• Developed initiatives related to sports sign language
• Established social deaf clubs, including bonanzas, dialogues, board games, bazaars, integration programs and initiatives focused on gender issues

3. Physical fitness with education
• Facilitated deaf sports and culture community in pursuing education related to sports, culture, recreation and physical fitness
• Including through further studies, internships, research, exchange, sharing skills for better health

Furthermore, TFSD assists in securing facilities for the above initiatives, ensuring deaf clubs have access to quality services, providing members with access to sign language education and seeking to ensure that they are represented in local plans and policies.

In most regions where TFSD works, small offices are established. These offices are staffed by a programme officer or other personnel, who works closely with deaf clubs in helping them build their capacity to operate effectively. Wherever possible, TFSD employs deaf people or engages/seconded a civil servant or the like.

Sport, cultural, fitness and recreation are very popular activities among people around the world. Further, there is strong evidence that sport and cultural involvement can have significant benefits for deaf people, including giving a strong purpose, providing community involvement and enhancing physical and mental health.

TFSD started working back in 1985 under the Tanzania Association of the Deaf (TAD). This was primarily due to the fact that the majority of deaf were TAD members already and there were otherwise limited skills to develop programmes and activities for the deaf (due to low education of the majority of members and leaders).

The majority of member’s highest level of education was a primary school education. Sports activities were carried out by way of a general approach and, thus, members participated in local sports competition organized by Government sports projects such as ‘’Sports for all’’. The existence of sports for the deaf in Tanzania was based on deaf culture, cheap and/or free sports materials, and members typically participated for the sake of their health and recreation rather than to compete in specific competitions or organised games. There was no ambition to develop deaf sports talents. However, there were some individual sportsmen who were able to integrate into the general community to play sports and attained a high level of performance by playing in big clubs such as ‘’Young African Sports Club’’ a club that is among the leading soccer giants in Tanzania and East Africa.

TFSD was established by Simeon Corneli Mwakatobe, who was then working with the Tanzania Association of the Deaf (TAD) and believed that every human being, regardless of race, sex, religion, political affiliation or ability, had a right to participate in organized sport. At the initial stage of development this association was an individual membership organization and it had no any single sports clubs to affiliate with it.

Over time, however, under the guidance of the founder, a group of 10 committed deaf sportsmen and women form various sports clubs. After forming the above clubs/associations at 1st general congress in 2000, it was agreed to modify the 1st constitution resulted in changing the membership, where as individual membership was no longer applicable, instead they concluded that the club/association will apply for membership to TFSD.

Our Vision: Ensuring that deaf people of all ages and gender in Tanzania are more effectively participating at a community level, joining together to enjoy life, taking fully responsibility and accessing their rights through sports, recreation and culture.

Our Mission: Working to break the barriers that deaf people face in improving and promoting sports, culture and recreation by enabling empowerment, enhancement and strengthening the deaf culture and identity.

Core Values
• We believe that deaf sportsmen and women are the best to represent themselves
• We believe that deaf sportsmen, women and their clubs have the potential, which entrusted us for their benefits
• We believe that every human being regardless of race, sex, religion or political affiliation, has a right to participate in sports, culture and recreation
• We are committed to include of children, youth and adults equality

1. To ensure, maximize equal sporting, cultural recreation, and specially need of physically fitness with education opportunities that is a potential of deaf men, women and children.
2. To encourage the deaf community to engage in sporting, cultural, recreation and specially need of physically fitness with education pursuits.
3. To coordinate and facilitate the events of the Tanzania Deaflympics, National games and cultural events.
4. Develops sports, cultural, recreation and specially need of physically fitness with education for athletes with Deafness and creates opportunities for athletes to compete at local, regional and an international level
5. To build, and benefit from relationships with the international sporting community, such as International Committee of Sports for the Deaf, (CISS), and the Federation of the Deaf Sports South (CADS) development agencies, the private sector and the Government of Tanzania in pursuance of these objectives.
6. To change negative attitudes towards disability by advocacy and lobbying campaigns aimed at reducing discrimination effects and attaining our rights through policies and legislations.
7. To promote Deaf sports, cultural and recreation without discrimination on the ground of religion, politics, economic, sex or race. And to do all things necessary which is convenient to achieve any of these objects

What does TFSD do
As Deaf people we are own most powerful resources and our organization is working to achieve above objectives by gaining the skills needed to become effective implement programmes, campaigners and to -: build up our confidence in our own worth, abilities and rights, set up self-help initiatives to improve our sports, cultural Specially need of physically fitness with education and recreation standards that will enable the beneficiaries get good standard of living, take control of their own lives and campaign and advocate for equal rights.

TFSD encourages Deaf men and women to come together into sports, cultural and recreation groups in order to better understand the situation we face, identify and tackle the causes of our suffering and oppression. Once sports, cultural and recreation groups are established then they join TFSD as ordinary member.

TFSD does not see its role as a service provider or to carry out work which is better done by others. Care is taken to ensure that TFSDs role is to strengthen the national events and programs TFSD also seeks to influence governments, other development agencies, private sector and donors to adopt policies which are fully inclusive of Deaf people in sports, cultural specially need of physically fitness with education and recreation.

How does TFSD work
We believe in self-help, rather than charity and hand-outs, and, wherever possible, we work with existing linkage and networks and establish a partnership agreement. The agreement with partner existing linkage and networks outlines mutual expectations and the anticipated duration of the support to us. We choose to work with organisations that have a rights-based approach to development and share common values with us.

We always assume the our work we must be sustainable in the long-term and for this reason we priorities initiatives, which are planned, carried out, managed and evaluated by Deaf sport men and women themselves. Our organization does not have funds of its own to support projects or programs. Funds are raised from donors, membership and the public. This means that before TFSD can enter into a firm agreement with an existing linkage and networks the necessary funds have to be secured.

We are still weak, However, we have played a vital role in organising Deaf sports movement in our country the remarkable things that are putting us into physically existence is through the followings achievement;
• Recognition by the Government as legitimacies representing our members in legal structure.
• We are ordinary member of the East African Deaf Sports Federation, Southern
• African Development Community Deaf Sports Federation, Confederation of African
• Deaf Sports (CADS) and International Committee of Deaf Sports (ISCD)
• Tapping a real potential for a greater collaboration between the Government through consultation and advocacy, some football clubs, at community level, and between communities at the other end of partnerships
• Existence of not yet researched a number both men and women being active players in several of sports & cultural nationwide.

• Coordination and existence of 12 Deaf sports & cultural clubs as ordinary members nationwide. Our target is to have at least 30 Deaf sports & cultural clubs.
• Young people's participation in organised sports activities, when compared to non- participation, improves their health minds and skills.
• Young peoples who are students their participation in extra-curricular activities linked to organised sport, when compared to non-participation in extra-curricular activities linked to organised sport, improves a range of learning outcomes for underachieving students
• Working closer with Tanzania Island Zanzibar Association of Deaf Sports, Now our two sides we are bridging the gap by organising joint sports and cultural activities and discussing a common interest for our member’s future benefits.

98% percentages unsolved challenges on a wide impact on Deafness and equity at local and International level, social barriers, poverty, isolation, and learning lessons.

95% percentages, Deaf people are not benefiting in a fantastic time frame of sport, cultural, recreation and Specially need of physically fitness and education there is no any efforts have been made to develop the talents enabling the right facilities to be provided in the right places, up to date assessments of need for all of Deaf children, youth and adults of both gender so that they can be part of the of sports and cultural community. Below are sub challenges that reflect with these effects.

• Communication barriers for linkage and networking
• Expensive of sports & Cultural materials and unavailable industries for the same
• Negative attitude by the community
• Un implemented of the policy and legislations on excuses by the planners and decisions makers
• We are preferred on relying on support from donor outside the country on funding.
• Lack of resources mobilisation skills to meet organisation demand
• Lack of human manpower and competence in running of organisation activities
• The majority of our leaders and members lack of competence in management and leadership skills
• Need of constitutional amendments and improvement for the same issues.
• Nonexistence or established and practice good management system, for example personnel and financial systems.
• Nonexistence of implemented strategies skills and methods of identifying and supporting the most marginalized or disadvantaged Deaf Sports and cultural clubs.

Factors influencing profile
• Development partners and international NGOs which are increasingly adopting rights – based approach to programming and they would like to see that their local partners move to the same direction.
• Tanzania Sports and Cultural national policy and Disability bill Act of 2010, signing and ratification of international charters and convention, it is expected that PW Ds will receive more public attention in future than it is now.
• The UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities, though is a long term goal, its adoption reinforces a rights based approach to programmes targeting person with disabilities.
• UN Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities are guidelines for government in making policies and actions geared to ensure that all persons with disabilities may exercise the same rights and obligations as other citizens.
• Since 1924 International Committee of the Deaf Sports (ICSD) has been taken steps on the responsibility of organizing Deaflympics every four years and several World specific games/championship. ICSD has been full recognized by the Intentional Olympic Committee (IOC) and our sports events having the same status as Olympics games for hearing athletes and Paralympics for the Disabled athletes.
• Deaf people in Tanzania who are numbering at 4. 5 millions have o w n culture and sign language which there is a strong linkage between sports and sign language. With Sign language rights, we can! ‘’nothing about us, without us’’

Psychology of deaf people and how they cab be involved
• In general Sports, cultural and recreation attracts more crowds, even at individual level.
• No need to shout! Deaf people don’t hear!
• Deaf people identify themselves as part of a linguistic and cultural minority we are proud of
• ‘’Deaf Sports, cultural, recreation and specially need of physically fitness and education. ‘’
• Our Deaflympic games are important because it is the only sports competition that is based in sign language.
• “All people involved share the experience regardless of which part of the location/region/World they come from.’’
• At 95% our management team has planned to network, link, vigorous lobby and advocate for our fully rights of participation in community. However, we have been not able to achieve anything;
• Because there was no sign language interpreters! You too can learn a Sign language! You too can be a Sign language interpreter in Sports!
• Deaf sports alone do not give us increased empowerment, but identity, group belonging and a shared community and experience of language are important for our empowerment in;

TFSD has a leadership under the General Assembly, which meet biannually to deliberate and pass final decisions and recommendations to the Executive Board, which meet quarterly and whose role is to guide the organization to achieve its aim in the most efficient and effective manner to ensure positive planning for sport, cultural Specially need of physically fitness with education and recreation enabling the right facilities to be provided in the right places, up to date assessments of need for all of Deaf children, youth and adults of both gender so that they can be part of the of sports and cultural community. There is an Executive who governs the administration, Coaching, trainers and programme staff.

The below thematic gives Children, youth and Adults from around the Tanzania the chance to artistically express their feelings and thoughts on issues surrounding sports, cultural, fair play, drug free competition, and the Olympic spirit, etc.

‘’Sports, cultural recreation and specially need of physically fitness and education’’
Law / Human Rights, Sports, Women
Skills Needed
Sports coaching, Resource mobilisation, Formulating policies and guidelines, External engagement, Media and marketing, Strategic development, Intellectual and sports leadership, Fundraising, Culture, Theatre coaching
Accommodation NOT Provided - Minimum Stay: None
Average Cost per Week ($USD)
$850 per week
Estimate only - contact this Organization for actual costs to Volunteer
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • 3 Meals per Day
  • Local Transport
  • Airport Pickup and Drop Off

Costs do not include Flights, Visas, Vaccinations, Insurance, Spending Money, 2-Meals-per-Day, 1-Meal-per-Day, Volunteer-Hostel, Homestay, Internet
Simeon Corneli Mwakatobe


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