Started in 2017, Knitted Knockers by students at IST was the brainchild of two of our students; Angelica and Malika. This Take-Action-Tuesday (TAT) activity has grown over the year to make a name for itself, going on to win the 'Outstanding Service Project' award from the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA). All this, thanks to the important skill it provides to our students, and the invaluable prostheses it provides to the community.
Angelica and Malika were moved to take action by the plight of breast cancer. Breast cancer is the second most prevalent case of cancer in Tanzania, it affects almost 20 out of every 100,000 Tanzanians. With approximately 80% of those infected being diagnosed at an advanced stage of the disease, many women end up losing part of or a whole breast during surgery. These two students, teaming up with the Ocean Road Cancer Institute, decided to start the Knitted Knockers TAT. The TAT specializes in knitting stylish breast prostheses that are then given out to those who've been affected by breast cancer. Parents played a part as well, they devoted their time to teaching the girls how to knit and crochet, donated yarns, crochet hooks, and knitting needles. They also made knockers themselves, contributing to the batch. Later, the pair teamed up with an oncologist, Dr. Aleesha Adatia who on top of helping these prostheses get to the right people, also hosted a session at the school to help raise awareness among students.
Since 2017, Knitted Knockers has made over 70 breast prostheses! Thanks to the student's dedication and the unconditional support from parents.
TAT events are after-school activities designed to help students learn what is happening in their communities, how it affects them and those around them. And how students, as part of the community can take positive actions.