Chama Cha Viziwi Tanzania (CHAVITA) is an organization registered in the United Republic of Tanzania, formed by Deaf people themselves in 1984 who wanted to see a society in which equality and rights for Deaf people are observed. CHAVITA has its headquarters in Dar es Salaam with branches located in 17 regions. Our goal is to improve the living standard of Deaf people through mobilization, participation and education of the Deaf, and wider community, through advocacy for equality and human rights for the Deaf people, and by developing Tanzanian Sign Language. Our vision is to have an empowered and well informed Deaf community and a Tanzania community which has a conducive and supportive environment for deaf people to access and enjoy their rights, fulfill their potential and be productive members of the society. The General Assembly was held in Septembers 2017 where 4 Deaf males and 4
females were elected member of the National Executive Board until 2020.

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[Description – This videos opens with a woman signing directly at the camera. Then it switches to a man signing directly at the camera]
Hello, I’m Sarah!
I work at MNI
I’m responsible for projects.
Last year I flew to Ghana
G – H – A – N – A
I met with different deaf organzations,
deaf women,
deaf youth
and many others, to learn about their work,
ambitions and goals
I am so inspired
About the youth association
I met with 4 men
and chatted with them. Wow!
Very inspirational.
Why? Because they are so eager,
Want so many things
They want to make a strong stand
Want to outreach with others like
To strengthen, grow and achieve
Wow, I am so excited
This association is new
Founded about maybe 2 or 3 years ago
How did they get started?
By Denmark
D – E – N – M – A – R – K
Deaf Youth Association
They came to Ghana
and worked with them
teaching and partnering with Ghana Youth
Partnering, Cooperating, and Working
For the past 2 to 3 years to establish the new Youth Association in Ghana
So exciting! I want to see what the future brings them.
Their growth, their advocacy, and their work
in Ghana
Now I want to share with you
and introduce you.
Thank you!
[Logo of the Ghana National Association of the Deaf, GNAD]
[A photo of the Ghana National Association of the Deaf, Youth Section]
Hello! I’m Richard
I’m deaf
I recently graduated from university.
I work as a deaf teacher.
teaching at the deaf high school
here in Ghana.
I’m responsible for the Ghana National Deaf Youth
as the President
I wanted to tell you a few things about
the Ghana Deaf Youth association
The GNAD Youth’s vision is
all Deaf persons in Ghana are equal
and have equal human rights and opportunities
like hearing people in Ghana.
Our goal is to
We hope to work hard to empower
all deaf Youth in Ghana
Break down communication barriers
So all deaf youth can have the same equal opportunities as hearing people
Our current problems are
Not many organizations welcome deaf persons to participate
Many important programs do not include deaf persons
Many deaf persons do not know about the UN Human Rights
The Deaf Youth Association can not stand strong alone
In many areas around Ghana, deaf people do not have access to education
they are forced to marry young
forced to work on a farm
forced to work as a fisherman
This is not good
There are so many other problems
We want to stop them
but we do not have the support
If we can get the support we need
we can work hard
to make the changes and improvements
for the lives of deaf youth in Ghana
Your support would be great!
Thank you

Tanzania National Association of the Deaf (CHAVITA)’s website http://chavita.or.tz/


About the Project

Deaf people are part of human diversity facing challenges with achieving human rights. In Tanzania, Deaf people live in deplorable conditions due to social, economic, prejudice and legal barriers which prevent their integration into all life aspects of society, as well as enjoyment and exercising basic human rights and freedoms as other members of the society. Currently, the rights of Deaf people are stipulated in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Tanzania Disabilities Policy 2004, Tanzania Disability Act 2010 and the Tanzania Education Policy 2014. This project directly addresses the need for local governments to embark on formulation of inclusive and affirmative plans/actions that aim at ensuring Deaf people attain equal rights and opportunities to participate effectively in public accountability and local government matters. All policies, laws, programs and services also need to be made accessible to Deaf people as a matter of right and not charitable as it is now. The project will concentrate in the Arusha Urban area of North Tanzania close to the Kilimanjaro Region where Deaf people of Masai ethnicity live.

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[Description: This video opens with a man signing directly at the camera. It will switch to a female and then switch again to another man both signing directly at the camera. It will end with all three together]
Hello, my name is Richard
I am the GNAD-YS President
Our project topic is empowering Deaf youth in the Cape Coast area
to participate in decision making in Ghana.
Hello, my name is Cosmos.
I am the Secretary for GNAD-YS.
Our goal is to empower Deaf youth in Cape Coast
with leadership and advocacy skills.
Hello my name is Linda
I am the GNAD-YS Vice President.
We will have many project activities including
board meetings, leadership training, national human rights based training and Youth Camp
The three of us are responsible for the project
and will be working together throughout the project from beginning to end.
GNAD-YS has many activities that we want to do for Deaf youth
but we do not have enough support or funding.
If it is possible, we ask you to please provide support
so that we can change and improve the lives of Deaf Youth in Ghana.
Thank you!

The project strategy will focus on delivering quality training and awareness raising of advocacy skills and the implementation of local and international disability legislation. The project will work with municipals and wards officials in Arusha Urban training them on topics relating to the equal rights of Deaf people that can be attained with inclusive and affirmative plans/actions. This will allow Deaf people to participate effectively in public accountability and local governance process with access to policies, laws, programs and services. At least 25 Deaf people in Arusha Urban, including Deaf Masai, will be sensitized/trained on their constitutional rights, disability specific legislation both from the local to international level, the contents of public accountability and governance processes and advocacy strategies. At the end of the project, the trained participants will become trainers, teaching about the processes and strategies to other Deaf people in the region.

Update #1 - Training

Update #2 - Second Training

Arusha Chairman of Social Development committee addressing participants at official opening ceremony

If you are interested in learning more about how you can support CHAVITA, please email them at [email protected]

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