This project will make Occupational Therapy affordable to those living under the poverty line, living in remote areas of Kenya with limited access due to infrastructure, cultural stigma, etc. Even though OT is available in the city, accessing the city for those in rural areas can be expensive as it's not covered by insurance. This would reach over 12 children. OT helps with toileting, brushing teeth, dressing, writing, basic activities of daily living especially for those with Autism and CP.
Lack of occupational therapy in rural Kenya due to affordability, cultural barriers, stigma, etc.
Offering Occupational Therapy to this community of children in rural area will enable them to develop independent living skills (activities of daily living such as brushing their hair, teeth, toileting, dressing themselves, community participation, etc. OT will also enable them to learn strategies of how to cope and deal with sensory overload -this is when one or more of our senses is overstimulated.
These individuals will be able to live on their own and be able to engage in meaningful occupations that will better their lives. In addition, their quality of life will also be improved. There will be less caregiving from families that have also been impacted directly and indirectly. Occupational therapy will minimize dysfunction & promote a healthier lifestyle. In return, it will help in their recovery process.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
Connecting parents and caregivers to resources