Sayings of the Wise

Before you say something to someone, think about how you’d feel if someone told you the same thing…

Tap Elderly Women's Wisdom for Youth (TEWWY)

So many times we say nasty words to people we care about without considering how they may feel. Our insensitive approach makes us blind to see the pain we cause others. What would be painful to us should in no way be done unto others. We should care about other people’s feelings because they hurt same as we do.

The Healing Hands Project: Wisdom and Wellness through Art

We are excited to launch the #HealingHands project. The project supports interpersonal counseling, group talk therapy and psychoeducation resources to be delivered through arts, where clients learn to handcraft traditional beaded jewelry as a marketable skill. It also promotes the economic growth of grandmothers who are trained in and are implementing WHO’s mental health Gap Action Program #mhGAP. Income generated from sales of the jewelry will also support the sustainable implementation of accessible psychosocial interventions among underserved communities. Follow us @TEWWYWisdom @WisdomWellnessCollection to stay posted.

#MentalHealth #Grandmother #Wisdom #Wellness #ArtTherapy

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Sayings of the Wise

Wake up with Determination. Go to bed with Satisfaction.

Tap Elderly Women's Wisdom for Youth (TEWWY)

When we wake up in the morning we should be dermined to achieve something on that day and that particular day should have a meaning for us. Some people prepare a ‘to do list’ before they go to bed. The to do list is aimed at guiding their activities for that particular day so that the day is not wasted. So when they wake up they will be anxious to achieve what they did plan the night before. If they will follow the to do list, for sure, when they go to bed they will be satisfied with results of what they did during the day.

The Healing Hands Project: Wisdom and Wellness through Art

We are excited to launch the #HealingHands project. The project supports interpersonal counseling, group talk therapy and psychoeducation resources to be delivered through arts, where clients learn to handcraft traditional beaded jewelry as a marketable skill. It also promotes the economic growth of grandmothers who are trained in and are implementing WHO’s mental health Gap Action Program #mhGAP. Income generated from sales of the jewelry will also support the sustainable implementation of accessible psychosocial interventions among underserved communities. Follow us @TEWWYWisdom @WisdomWellnessCollection to stay posted.

#MentalHealth #Grandmother #Wisdom #Wellness #ArtTherapy

Sayings of the Wise

Successful people don’t become that way overnight. What most people see at a glance – wealth, great career, purpose – is the result of hard work and hustle over time.

Carter Henry
Tap Elderly Women's Wisdom for Youth (TEWWY)

Hard work is key to our success. There are no miracles or shortcuts.

The Healing Hands Project: Wisdom and Wellness through Art

We are excited to launch the #HealingHands project. The project supports interpersonal counseling, group talk therapy and psychoeducation resources to be delivered through arts, where clients learn to handcraft traditional beaded jewelry as a marketable skill. It also promotes the economic growth of grandmothers who are trained in and are implementing WHO’s mental health Gap Action Program #mhGAP. Income generated from sales of the jewelry will also support the sustainable implementation of accessible psychosocial interventions among underserved communities. Follow us @TEWWYWisdom @WisdomWellnessCollection to stay posted.

#MentalHealth #Grandmother #Wisdom #Wellness #ArtTherapy

Sayings of the Wise

The mouth should have three gatekeepers: ‘Is it true’? ‘Is it kind’? and ‘Is it necessary’?

Some times we say things that are not true, we say them to please ourselves without thinking of the implications of those lies to ourselves and to others. Other times we say things that are cruel, not kind to others. Our words hurt others, sometimes intentionally and sometimes not. Many times we find ourselves uttering words that are not necessary at all, keeping quiet would have been the best solution, but we don’t. We say all the lies, unkind words and unnecessary words because our mouths do not have these gatekeepers.

The Healing Hands Project: Wisdom and Wellness through Art

We are excited to launch the #HealingHands project. The project supports interpersonal counseling, group talk therapy and psychoeducation resources to be delivered through arts, where clients learn to handcraft traditional beaded jewelry as a marketable skill. It also promotes the economic growth of grandmothers who are trained in and are implementing WHO’s mental health Gap Action Program #mhGAP. Income generated from sales of the jewelry will also support the sustainable implementation of accessible psychosocial interventions among underserved communities. Follow us @TEWWYWisdom @WisdomWellnessCollection to stay posted.

#MentalHealth #Grandmother #Wisdom #Wellness #ArtTherapy

Sayings of the Wise

When it hurts observe, life is trying to teach you something..

In life there are lots of ups and downs. We should never despair when we face hardships. We will never learn to be better if we are always having things the easy way. The best gold passes through hot furnace. There’s always something to learn from pain. Let’s face all challenges as lessons and stepping stones for improvement.

The Healing Hands Project: Wisdom and Wellness through Art

We are excited to launch the #HealingHands project. The project supports interpersonal counseling, group talk therapy and psychoeducation resources to be delivered through arts, where clients learn to handcraft traditional beaded jewelry as a marketable skill. It also promotes the economic growth of grandmothers who are trained in and are implementing WHO’s mental health Gap Action Program #mhGAP. Income generated from sales of the jewelry will also support the sustainable implementation of accessible psychosocial interventions among underserved communities. Follow us @TEWWYWisdom @WisdomWellnessCollection to stay posted.

#MentalHealth #Grandmother #Wisdom #Wellness #ArtTherapy

Sayings of the Wise

Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity and responsibility to give something back by becoming more

Irving Berlin

We are alive not because we paid the creator to be alive; and not because we are better than those who are no more with us. We should acknowledge and appreciate this as a privilege, nothing less. Giving back to the community remains our big responsibility.

The Healing Hands Project: Wisdom and Wellness through Art Therapy

We are excited to launch the #HealingHands project. The project supports interpersonal counseling, group talk therapy and psychoeducation resources to be delivered through arts, where clients learn to handcraft traditional beaded jewelry as a marketable skill. It also promotes the economic growth of grandmothers who are trained in and are implementing WHO’s mental health Gap Action Program #mhGAP. Income generated from sales of the jewelry will also support the sustainable implementation of accessible psychosocial interventions among underserved communities. Follow us @TEWWYWisdom @WisdomWellnessCollection to stay posted.

#MentalHealth #Grandmother #Wisdom #Wellness #ArtTherapy

Sayings of the Wise

Never stop learning because life never stops teaching..

There are always new things to learn in life. We should tap this opportunity to learn all that’s necessary for our lives.

The Healing Hands Project: Wisdom and Wellness through Art Therapy

We are excited to launch the #HealingHands project. The project supports interpersonal counseling, group talk therapy and psychoeducation resources to be delivered through arts, where clients learn to handcraft traditional beaded jewelry as a marketable skill. It also promotes the economic growth of grandmothers who are trained in and are implementing WHO’s mental health Gap Action Program #mhGAP. Income generated from sales of the jewelry will also support the sustainable implementation of accessible psychosocial interventions among underserved communities. Follow us @TEWWYWisdom @WisdomWellnessCollection to stay posted.

#MentalHealth #Grandmother #Wisdom #Wellness #ArtTherapy

PROVIDING SAFE-SPACES FOR COMMUNITIES TO ALLEVIATE MENTAL HEALTH STRUGGLES & STRENGTHEN SOCIAL SUPPORTS

Mental health is a rarely discussed topic in Tanzania. Many of us struggle with mental health challenges but do not have a safe space to vent our innermost sufferings, increasing the burden one endures alone, most of the time leading to depression.

TEWWY has adapted an evidence-based and community led psychosocial interventions to lessen the burden of disability caused by mental, neurological, and substance use conditions. Starting June 16, 2021, Wisdom&Wellness Counselors, who are retired elderly women trained in WHO’s mental health Gap Action Program (mhGAP), officially started providing mental health services to residents of 15 communities within Local Government Authorities (LGAs) in Dar-es-Salaam region. Local communities (“mitaas”) are in the Municipal Councils; whereas, villages are in the District Councils. The communities and villages are the lowest levels of the government structure in Tanzania.

Why start in the local government at community level?

We launched TEWWY’s mental health intervention program in 15 communities across the municipal cities of Dar-es-Salaam, namely: Ilala, Kigamboni, Kinondoni, Temeke and Ubungo.  The underlying reason for starting at the community level is that people know each other well and it is culturally expected that problems facing an individual will meet the attention of the community in the grassroots.

In each of the 5 municipalities we provide services in 3 communities. The limited number of communities is due to the limited resources that TEWWY has for this project.

NoMunicipalitiesWards communities
1Ilala
Tabata
Tabata
Tabata Msimbazi
Tabata Magharibi
2KigamboniKigamboni
Somangila
Tuamoyo
Kizani
Mwera
3KinondoniKaweUkwamani
Mbezi Beach A
Mzimuni
4TemekeMbagalaMangaya
Kizinga
Mbagala
5UbungoUbungo Kibo
NHC
Kisiwani

Moving forward

Integrating mental health services into non-specialized health settings such as local government authority is crucial to ensuring healthy lives and promotes well-being for all at all ages, hence encouraging policy-change. Raising awareness minimizes stigmatization and discrimination and removes the risk of human rights violations towards people with Mental, Neurological & Substance Use (MNS) conditions. TEWWY plans to scale up its current project in Dar-es-Salaam to other regions in the country and implement a Mental Health Intervention Program in government and private schools in Tanzania. TEWWY’s Mental Health Intervention Programs aim to:

  • Deliver a range of psychosocial services to support individuals in underserved communities and key populations impacted by Mental, Neurological and Substance Use (MNS) conditions;
  • Change lives by giving the gift of elderly/grandmotherly wisdom and a shoulder to lean on to persons dealing with heterogeneous mental health challenges;
  • Raise awareness on mental health and MNS conditions in efforts of eliminating stigma and discrimination in communities;
  • Advocate for policy and system change which accord rights and benefits to individuals and underserved communities with MNS conditions
  • Promote mental health and wellbeing for all individuals through interpersonal counseling, psychoeducation, support (such as training, hospital/specialist referral etc) and strengthening social supports within the community

A multisectoral approach at the point of service delivery is vital for the assessment, diagnosis and management of Mental, Neurological, and Substance Use (MNS) conditions. We have proven success in implementation of TEWWY’s Mental Health Intervention Programs by closely collaborating with stakeholders. As TEWWY’s slogan goes, Together we are Strong, to Inspire and to Achieve


THE TONGUE IS THE ORNAMENT OF THE LIPS

Mary Kingu
Wisdom&Wellness Counselor

Ukwamani, Dar-es-Salaam

We as a community must be aware of the words that we cross our lips in communicating with each other. As words can have a negative or positive impact in family, community and various constitutions.

A SINKING MAN STRUGGLES HARD TO STAY AFLOAT

Christina Mande
Wisdom&Wellness Counselor

Kizinga, Dar-es-Salaam

Instead of making excuses upon failing to make your goals, examine the root cause of the derailment and address it head-on to get to the core of the problem to have hope to solve it.

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