For women breasts are the epitome of femininity and for many breast cancer survivors who have had their breasts amputated, their confidence as women is knocked off too.

Crochet Without Borders in Tanzania, which brings together knitting and crocheting enthusiasts has been producing soft knitted prosthetics breasts for cancer survivors who’ve under gone a mastectomy.


To mark the breast awareness month and to create awareness on the diseases, The Rotary Clubs of Dar es salaam and Dar North joined hands with crotchet without border to organize talk and fashion show on breast cancer. October is breast cancer awareness month.

The crotchet without borders knit prosthetics for breast cancer out of soft cotton yarn. At the event breast cancer survivors modelled clothes by Rotarian Hilu bora.

Speaking at the event Rotarian Hawa who is also a member of the crotchet without borders said the prosthetic breasts meant a lot to the women who are usually forced to use other material such as scarfs, polythene bags some of which cause sores on the wound.

“After we give women this prosthetic breasts, their faces light up and they stop covering themselves up. They are knitted with a lot of love by members of the crotchet without borders.

Two oncologists from the Agha Khan hospital and ocean road cancer institute gave a talk on breast cancer urging both men and women to conduct monthly breast test examination on themselves as early detection is one of the ways to ensure successful treatment.

Rotarian's Hawa and Lulu and the breast cancer survivors show the prosthetic breasts

Members crotchet without borders.