Dec 9, 2019

Rehabilitation for Disabled in Siaya, Kenya

Problem statement

There is no official statistics of persons living with disability (PWD) in Siaya. However, there are a number of PWD in all quarters and the number is alarming. Like any other person in the county, they too suffer from unemployment and other social problems. Unlike other able-bodied counterparts, PWD are faced with a number of challenges. Some of these activities that locals can do but not PWD are security guarding, pulling hand carts and bodaboda taxi (motorcycle and bicycle taxi) require much of physical involvement that is mostly limited with the PWDs.

Effective participation in work and employment is indispensable to becoming a full adult and the physically challenged are not exceptional. Every individual has to participate in income generating activity in order to cater for their basic needs and that of their families and dependants. Yet the physically challenged continue to be disproportionally unemployed, under employed and underpaid throughout the country.

In conclusion, PWD in Siaya are economically and socially marginalized thus resulting into several problems among them. These include;

  • Poverty among  people living with disability
  • Limited skills for socio-economic development
  • Discrimination of the people living with disabilities.

These are specifically attributed to several factors including;

  • Ignorance e of the society on special needs of PWDs
  • Lack of development projects targeting persons with disabilities
  • Insufficient and unfavorable education system for children living with disabilities
  • Unfavorable physical and social environment

 

We can do array of interventions with communities which include  buiding a rehabilittaion setting for PWD with mobility appliances, Community Based Rehabilitation interventions, family counseling support activities, family income capacity enhancement, children with disabilities rights based projects among other interventions on community issues.

We can also establish a sheltered workshop that will give vocational training and employment of 60 persons living with disabilities.

 Expected Outputs towards vocational Rehabilitation. 

  1. Shelter workshop structure established
  2. Tailoring section established
  3. Carpentry section established
  4. Leather work section established
  5. Metalwork section established
  6. Workers trained and employed

Through the August GlobalGiving we successfully raised $4600, and through additional donations ReJEnga got $446. 

For sustainable community rehabilittaion we need to read $10,000 target. The building is built, the local hospital will proving ReJenga with space that will be dedicated torehabilittaion, physical therapy and manitaining equipment. 

We will continue in 2019 with:

  1. End of year Giving
  2. Matching through employee
 
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