We have been involved in a number of projects since we launched in 2009, here are our most recent:
Dance 4 All
In 2019, the Dance 4 All project was launched in partnership with St Thomas School funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.
We engage with primary school children, on a weekly basis with the following aims;
To promote health and fitness from a young age
To provide a fun hobby after regular school hours
To boost self-esteem and confidence
The ongoing pandemic has brought about a lot of distress for everyone including children who have sometimes seen times of isolation from their friends and activities they would normally do.
Our work with the kids helps in combating some of these issues,
through 2 main project activities;
Arts and Crafts Club
These activities have been important in keeping all the kids connected,
through the activities, they enjoy the most.
Cultural Exchange Project
St Thomas Primary School in Swansea have been highly integral in the work of the organisation, since the establishment, together with the St Thomas Community and St Thomas Library.
This has not only been through support of activities in Zanzibar, but active participation in the work.
In 2009, Nawal passionately shared her story of her visit to Zanzibar with her class and her classmates and teachers were very interested. They shared this with the school head who then invited Nawal’s mum, Layla, to present at assembly. This marked the beginning of a long lasting partnership between Bigger Heart and St Thomas Primary School, forming this Africa-Wales link.
Since then, the school donates much needed supplies to their sister school, Kizimkazi Primary School in Zanzibar. Supplies include; stationery, books, uniforms, clothing and sanitary wear.
Apart from that, the children at St Thomas continue to learn more about the Zanzibar culture and language from their own interest and through independent research and culture sessions with BHZ. BHZ visits Zanzibar every 2 years. Student teachers from St Thomas have often joined BHZ on a voluntary basis on these trips, learning more about the country first hand.
Pupils at St Thomas school have been involved in the following activities;
Building relationships with their peers in Zanzibar schools
Maintaining relationships with their peers in Zanzibar as penpals
Cultural exchange through sharing of experiences
Language exchange (Welsh and Swahili)
This project is ongoing, and we hope to involve more schools both in Wales and in Zanzibar, fostering good relationships such as this.