HARAMBEE TOTO IS AFRICA'S SPIRIT OF TOGETHERNESS IN BUILDING HEALTHY, NOURISHING FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS AND NURTURING THE LITTLE ONES.
The Harambee TOTO Way believes in Collective Action to Empower the family to be strong and bring up healthy children
“‘Harambee’ is a Swahili word for 'spirit of togetherness’ and ‘TOTO’ stands for 'baby' or 'little one', which forms the Collective Impact; a community collaboration framework that provides for content and context experts to work together to solve complex social problems. Harambee TOTO explores parenting among at-risk families, infant mental health and environmental or ‘community’ influence on outcomes on the brain development of babies and its impact on their future life."
Children are at the core of our mission as the pivotal generation of change for good in the world.
Neuroscience research makes it clear that the experiences of children under the age of five create consequences that last a lifetime. Exposure to trauma and toxic stress negatively impact children’s brain architecture and functioning. The ensuing dysfunctional stress response system results in a diminished capacity for self-regulation, learning and resilience, as well as decreased physical and mental health from childhood into adulthood. The negative developmental impact of trauma and toxic stress affects our DNA and is passed down to the next generation. However, these negative consequences are corrected by supportive caregiving relationships. Nurturing caregiving of under-fives provides the protection and buffering needed to promote resilience and healthy brain development, which is passed on to future generations. The positive behaviors and relationships that nurture healthy development in children also foster healthy development in adults. Thus, promoting nurturing care-taking makes a multi-generational impact and may well be one of the best tools we have to improve the health and welfare of families and communities.
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