"Disability is not Inability", a Tamba Africa CircAbility production

About the Production

The Disability is not Inability production is a Circus and African dance and storytelling production, highlighting that disability is not inability, and telling the story of young people with disabilities in Zimbabwe.  This production is part of Tamba Africa's "Voices from the Margins” CircAbility project which uses circus arts and dance theatre to empower marginalised and disadvantaged youth, amplify their voices and activate them to be agents of social change and transformation.  It recognises the realities that young people with disabilities face in Zimbabwe, being stigmatized, discriminated, excluded, hidden or abandoned.

'Disability is not Inability' is based on the story of lead performer Blessing Fire, who is one of the top dancers in Zimbabwe, incorporating astonishing gymnast and acrobatic movements in his dancing. In his childhood, Blessing experienced social exclusion and stigma due to his disability, as a result of Leg Length Discrepancy and Severe Club Foot. Through his brother, Blessing discovered gymnastics and dance, and combined the two forms to develop a unique style of hip hop, For more, a short documentary on Blessing Fire is here: https://youtu.be/bUd1ThE-p9Q 

In partnership with L'Arche Zimbabwe, we have organized an Art and CircAbility Festival to commemorate the International Day of Disability on the 3rd of December. The 'Disability is not Inability' production will be the main performance of the Festival.

We also plan a Community Outreach Tour that will see us performing and running Disability and Inclusion workshops in 3 schools and 2 Community Centres in Mbare and Highfields, two of the most populated and poor high density surbubs in Zimbabwe.

Beneficiaries - Young people living with disability. We estimated 1500 marginalised youth engaged through or/and participate in the production, festival and workshops.

What are the funds for?

The funds will be directed towards:

1. Production Costs of Disability Is Not Inability Circus Show
2. Organizing the Inclusive Arts and Disability Rights Forum 
3. Public Performance of the Circus Show and Workshop in Commemoration the International Day of Persons with Disability

Budget Breakdown 

Section A: Production Cost of Disability Is Not Inability Circus
1. Auditions and Recruitment 50USD 
2. Transport to and from rehearsals for 7 Weeks 840USD [Hiring a Special Needs Van ]
3. Food provision at rehearsals for 7 Weeks 504USD 
4. Rehearsal space in dance studio 315USD
4. Accessibility ramps and additionally mobility requirements 180USD
5. Instruments modification for visually and audibly Impaired artists 150USD
6. Purchase of Two Djembe Drums, hoops, and fire extinguishers for fire acts 175USD
7. First Aid Kit and additional mats for safety 160USD
8. Costume, Props and Rehearsal kit 250USD
7. Photoshoot and Documentation 200USD
8. Creative Director and Choreography 300USD 
TOTAL Production Costs = USD 3124.00 or AUD 4636

Section B: Disability Day Performance and Inclusive Arts Forum 
1. Inclusive Arts Discussion Forum 350USD
2. Launch Performance/ Show to commemorate the International Disability Day:
(i)  12 Artists Performances Fees 480USD
(ii) Media and Publicity Kit 180USD
(iii) Flashmobs to raise Awareness 150USD
Total Budget for Performance and Forum  = USD 1160. 00 or AUD 1721

The total fundraising campaign is USD 4284 or AUD 6357.

The initial fundraising target is set at AUD 2000, and this will be extended as the target is reached.


Amount: $1 - $50
Reward: personalized Thank You E-card from Tamba Africa Circus.

Amount: $51 - $100
Rewards: Personalized Thank You E-card and Tamba Africa Circus Newsletter about activities
resulting from GOFUNDME.

Amount: $101 - $250
Rewards: Personalized Thank You E-card, Tamba Africa Circus Newsletter about activities
resulting from GOFUNDME and special promotional mention on all Tamba Africa Circus Social

Amount: $251 - $500
Rewards: Personalized Thank You E-card, Tamba Africa Circus Newsletters membership,
special promotional mention on all Tamba Africa Circus Social pages and mention on a special
GOFUNDME newsletter.

Amount: $500+
Rewards: Personalized Thank You E-card, Tamba Africa Circus Newsletters membership,
custom made promotional mention on all Tamba Africa Circus Social pages and mention on a
special GOFUNDME newsletter, specialized mention on production video, 2 free front row
tickets to any show (transferable to friends and family, valid for 1 year) and sponsorship
mention for 1 year.

Amount $1000+
Rewards: Personalized Thank You E-card, Tamba Africa Circus Newsletters membership,
custom made promotional video on Tamba Africa Circus’ website as well as all social pages
and a special GOFUNDME newsletter, specialized mention on GoFundMe project production
video and lifetime Friend of Tamba Africa Circus Membership (which includes 2 free front row
tickets to any 2 shows (transferable to friends and family) per year.

Who We Are

Tamba Africa Circus is a cultural caravan established to promote and preserve African Stories and Cultural Heritage and to empower talented yet disadvantaged youth using African dance, theatre and circus arts. The circus troupe is composed of musicians, acrobats, jugglers, contortionists, tumblers, and traditional African as well as contemporary dancers.

Tamba Africa Management & Creative Team:

Haleema Mekani, Managing Director
Stanford Chabaya, Finance Director
Kudakwashe Pikani, Co-Founder & Creative Director
Ngonidzashe Edward, Co-Founder & Project Strategic Advisor
Hope Masike, Creative and Cultural Advisor
Victor Peturo, Choreographer & Chief Instructor
Natalie M Chaputsa, Publicity and Marketing

Tamba Africa circus website: https://tambaafricacircus.com/
Tamba Africa facebook: www.facebook.com/tambaafricacircus/

This fundraising campaign is being managed by Tamba Africa Managing Director Haleema Mekani, and Fayen d'Evie, Australian-based friend of Tamba Africa Circus. Fayen previously collaborated with Tamba Africa co-founder Ngonidzashe Edward on emergency food delivery to orphaned children during the Zimbabwean food crisis. Fayen is an artist whose practice engages with disability and access, and she is thrilled to be providing fundraising and development guidance and support to the Tamba Africa Circus for their CircaAbility programming. To ensure safe donations, a dedicated bank account has been established in Australia with ANZ bank.  All proceeds will be sent to Tamba Africa, without any administration fees.



  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 7 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 9 mos
  • Regina Willingham 
    • $500 
    • 10 mos
  • Fayen d'Evie 
    • $100 
    • 10 mos


Fayen d'Evie 
Campbells Creek, VIC
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