Education  Kenya Project #29531

Therapy and food for children with Autism in Kenya

by Step Up 4 Autism
Therapy and food for children with Autism in Kenya
Therapy and food for children with Autism in Kenya
Therapy and food for children with Autism in Kenya
Therapy and food for children with Autism in Kenya
Therapy and food for children with Autism in Kenya
Therapy and food for children with Autism in Kenya
Therapy and food for children with Autism in Kenya
Therapy and food for children with Autism in Kenya
Therapy and food for children with Autism in Kenya
Therapy and food for children with Autism in Kenya
Therapy and food for children with Autism in Kenya
Therapy and food for children with Autism in Kenya
Therapy and food for children with Autism in Kenya
Therapy and food for children with Autism in Kenya

Over the past one year,the contributions we have received from Global giving  have made a big positive impact to the children with autism in the informal settlements of Mathare in Nairobi Kenya.

These are children who before the free therapy program was established they weren't getting any therapy since they could not afford the prices set by the hospitals around. The parents of these children with autism were for long torn between taking care of the autistic child or fending for their other children who are neuro typical.

The establishment of  the therapy center in mathare has made gains and changed lives.Every single cent that well wishers have given through this platform has been put into very good use and the receipts and invoices are all properly recorded.

From the last two disbursements from Global giving total up to 800USD.We budgeted 300USD into rent payment for the premises where the free therapy is offered. 200USD went to play toys for the children and 300USD went into feeding and transport money for the volunteers who come to the therapy center every single day to offer their services for free to the children.

From Step Up 4 Autism we would like to very much thank you for the continued support. We are far  from achieving our ultimate goal of free therapy country wide in Kenya for children with autism and other developmental disorders. In this journey of making a difference in the lives of children with autism we wholeheartedly invite you to walk with us. Thank you .

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For the past one year since our founding as step up 4 Autism therapy center,we have been able to not only learn a lot about the Kenyan population but also to understand them and their key challenges.Among the most traumatic is the burden of a child living with autism.

Many a times the parents of children with autism are put between a rock and a hard place.They are expected to be there for the child with autism while at the same time to keep the rest of the family happy.

The work we do in the slum of mathare in Nairobi Kenya is great,we offer free therapy services for children with autism and economic empowerment for their parents.

All this is possible through the monthly and random donations that you make to our project from time to time.Through your effort we are able to touch 15 lives per week as we deliver the therapy services.

We say thank you very much for helping us help.

Step Up 4 Autism

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STEP UP 4 AUTSIM

P.O. BOX 15039-00100 NAIROBI

email:stepup4autism.info@gmail.com

 

Date:    25th April 2018

 

 

REPORT ON THE PROGRESS OF THE STEP UP 4 AUTISM THERAPY CENTER IN MATHARE, NAIROBI KENYA

 

INTRODUCTION

 

The steppers therapy center is an initiative by the Step Up 4 Autism a community based organization in Mathare slums Nairobi Kenya that seeks to bring the very expensive therapy services to children with autism and other disabilities for free. This program is running under volunteer ship of various young people in the universities and colleges with in the Kenyan education system under a nonprofit registered in Kenya as Ready Aiders Foundation

 

The main aim of the program remains making sure that children with autism and other developmental and physical disabilities get the necessary and basic therapy services to take them through life. These are children from poor backgrounds whose parents live below the poverty line and have other children also apart from these who are challenged; the implication of such a family setting is that the challenged children are often ignored as they are considered not productive to the family at any level.

 

As an organization our program is focused towards changing that and directing more attention to the  special child and their special needs of therapy and favorable diet being taken into account not only by the families and community around them but also the government through its legislations and policies. So far we are educating parents and caregivers on the best way forward in terms of handling their special children and their needs.

 

This program also recognizes that parents with special children need counseling to help them handle frustration and stress and the stigma they face that’s why our program also includes parents and caregivers counseling sessions.

The therapy center opens on; Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursdays and Saturdays as from 9a.m to 4pm.

 

METHODOLOGY

 

The therapy center space is a one room subdivided into two parts, the front room acts as an office and also the counselling room for the parents and care givers while the back room acts as the therapy place for the children with autism. Due to limited resources from the time we rolled out this therapy project in July 2017 we had been able to only offer behavior modification therapy. But after receiving the donations from global giving we were able to expand the services to occupational therapy and added also play therapy which is also critical in the management of the autism disorder.

 

Each therapy session lasts for 45 minutes each child at atime.so that in a day we are able to serve six to eight children. For the regular children in our list we have created a system whereby they all come to the therapy center on a rotational basis so that each of them gets each of the therapy offered.

On Saturdays the team of the children in our therapy project and others also come to the therapy center for the joint play therapy.

The system we use for management is a volunteer system whereby professionals in the autism field each give 45 minutes of their time a week to one child at the therapy center. In return the therapy center offers them transport money and lunch as a sign of appreciation for their volunteer time.

 

BUDGET

 

This is the breakdown of how the money received from global giving has been put to use at the therapy center so far.The total amount we received from the global giving team totals to 31,674 Kenya shillings that is approximately (316.74) USD.As of this date we have spent 31,674ksh (316.74USD) to put up the basics that we require for a functional therapy center.

 

ITEM

UNIT

IN USD

KSH

Volunteers lunch and transport

12

180

18,000

Therapy wear(white coats)

3

60

6,000

Books and play toys

18

76

7,600

                       TOTAL

33

316

31,600

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                     

Note: the exchange rate used in the figures is 1 USD is equal to 100KSH

           All the figures with decimals have been rounded off to two decimal places

 

SUCCESSES ACHIEVED THROUGH THE GLOBAL GIVING DONATION

 

From the donation we received through the global giving fundraising where donors from all over the world each contributed a certain amount to the project, we have been able to do the following:

 

  • Introduce occupational therapy before we could not have been able to do this since we did not have a means to facilitate more volunteer therapists in the occupational therapy field.

 

  • We repainted the therapy room to colors that are autism friendly.

 

  • We have been able to buy therapy equipment such as a therapy table, projector, white lab coats and toys among others.
  • As a result of the above we have increased the number of children we serve per week from 15 to 30.

 

 

OUR CHALLENGES SO FAR.

 

Among the challenges we face in the implementation of the project, the following stand out.

 

  • The therapy room is small and therefore cannot be portioned further to get more rooms for different kinds of therapy .With additional funding we will be able to rent an additional room which we will use to provide the crucial therapy of speech, we currently are not in apposition to give speech therapy due to the room challenge.

 

  • Lack of employed professionals .Even though we have therapists who volunteer ,we still need some who the project can employ permanently to be able to serve anytime the children show up at the center.

 

CONCLUSION

The work that you support by donating goes a long way not only to improve the lives of the children in the autism spectrum but also in giving hope to their caregivers, parents and families. Very many children in the spectrum from poverty stricken homes all over Kenya cannot access services to improve their well-being and conditions of living, their parents carry the burden of the stigma that comes with having children with disabilities or disorders in the African setting.

 

Our services are purely on a charity basis and the need to make a difference, we invite you once again to support our mission by being a regular donor and when you have time and the resources to come and volunteer at the center as you serve the children whom many have neglected and abused.

 

We are looking forward to partnering with companies ,colleges, universities and churches so that we establish a strong volunteers network which will be coming to Kenya to help us in fulfilling this mission and calling that we respond to every day by dedicating time and resources towards children with autism and other disorders .If you can be the bridge between us and the partnerships or funding ,we would really appreciate and the children though not aware would be glad for the help you would have brought them.

 

Once again a big thank you for making this project possible through your time and contributions. We view you as a partner and a friend.

 

 

         A photo of Titus Ngugi (clinical psychologist) giving therapy to Nancy at the center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rukia Hassan (special needs teacher) taking her time with derrick at the center.

 

 

 

 

 

Lady in red jacket (Jane, a parent ),young girl in black trouser and jacket(Faith, a child with autism),lady in blue jeans and black t-shirt(Florence, an occupational therapist),gentleman in red t-shirt (Kenneth Apopa, the project coordinator) standing outside the therapy room.

 

 

 

 

 

Report Compiled By:

Ruth Tenai

Founder and CEO

Step Up 4 Autism, Kenya

 

And

 

Kenneth Apopa

Coordinator

Step Up 4 Autism Therapy Center

 

For More Information Contact Us:

+254702623359 Kenneth Apopa

+18134452190 Ruth Tenai

 


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REPORT ON THE PROGRESS OF THE STEPPERS THERAPY CENTER IN MATHARE ,NAIROBI KENYA

 

INTRODUCTION

 

The steppers therapy center is an initiative by the Step Up 4 Autism a community based organization in Mathare slums Nairobi Kenya that seeks to bring the very expensive therapy services to children with autism and other disabilities for free. This program is running under volunteer ship of various young people in the universities and colleges with in the Kenyan education system.

 

The main aim of the program remains making sure that children with autism and other developmental and physical disabilities get the necessary and basic therapy services to take them through life. These are children from poor backgrounds whose parents live below the poverty line and have other children also apart from these who are challenged; the implication of such a family setting is that the challenged children are often ignored as they are considered not productive to the family at any level.

 

As an organization our program is focused towards changing that and directing more attention to the  special child and their special needs of therapy and favorable diet being taken into account not only by the families and community around them but also the government through its legislations and policies. So far we are educating parents and caregivers on the best way forward in terms of handling their special children and their needs.

 

This program also recognizes that parents with special children need counseling to help them handle frustration and stress and the stigma they face that’s why our program also includes parents and caregivers counseling sessions.

The therapy center opens on; Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursdays and Saturdays as from 9a.m to 4pm.

 

METHODOLOGY

 

The therapy center space is a one room subdivided into two parts, the front room acts as an office and also the counselling room for the parents and care givers while the back room acts as the therapy place for the children with autism. Due to limited resources from the time we rolled out this therapy project in July 2017 we had been able to only offer behavior modification therapy. But after receiving the donations from global giving we were able to expand the services to occupational therapy and added also play therapy which is also critical in the management of the autism disorder.

 

Each therapy session lasts for 45 minutes each child at atime.so that in a day we are able to serve six to eight children. For the regular children in our list we have created a system whereby they all come to the therapy center on a rotational basis so that each of them gets each of the therapy offered.

On Saturdays the team of the children in our therapy project and others also come to the therapy center for the joint play therapy.

The system we use for management is a volunteer system whereby professionals in the autism field each give 45 minutes of their time a week to one child at the therapy center. In return the therapy center offers them transport money and lunch as a sign of appreciation for their volunteer time.

 

BUDGET

 

This is the breakdown of how the money received from global giving has been put to use at the therapy center so far.The total amount we received from the global giving team totals to 452,000 Kenya shillings that is approximately (4418.38) USD.As of this date we have spent 400,000ksh (3910.07USD) to put up the basics that we require for a functional therapy center and as balance we have 52,000ksh (508.31USD).

 

ITEM

UNIT

IN USD

KSH

Division of the rooms

 

488.76

50,000

Carpets

2

977.52

100,000

Volunteers lunch and transport

488.76

50,000

Therapy wear(white coats)

 

97.75

10,000

Books and play toys

391.01

40,000

projector

1

977.52

100,000

Therapy table

2

488.76

50,000

                       TOTAL

 

3910.08

400,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                     

Note: the exchange rate used in the figures is 1 USD is equal to 102.30KSH

           All the figures with decimals have been rounded off to two decimal places

 

SUCCESSES ACHIEVED THROUGH THE GLOBAL GIVING DONATION

 

From the donation we received through the global giving fundraising where donors from all over the world each contributed a certain amount to the project, we have been able to do the following:

 

  • Introduce occupational therapy before we could not have been able to do this since we did not have a means to facilitate more volunteer therapists in the occupational therapy field.

 

  • We repainted the therapy room to colors that are autism friendly.

 

  • We have been able to buy therapy equipment such as a therapy table, projector, white lab coats and toys among others.
  • As a result of the above we have increased the number of children we serve per week from 15 to 30.

 

 

OUR CHALLENGES SO FAR.

 

Among the challenges we face in the implementation of the project, the following stand out.

 

  • The therapy room is small and therefore cannot be portioned further to get more rooms for different kinds of therapy .With additional funding we will be able to rent an additional room which we will use to provide the crucial therapy of speech, we currently are not in apposition to give speech therapy due to the room challenge.

 

  • Lack of employed professionals .Even though we have therapists who volunteer ,we still need some who the project can employ permanently to be able to serve anytime the children show up at the center.

 

CONCLUSION

The work that you support by donating goes a long way not only to improve the lives of the children in the autism spectrum but also in giving hope to their caregivers, parents and families. Very many children in the spectrum from poverty stricken homes all over Kenya cannot access services to improve their well-being and conditions of living, their parents carry the burden of the stigma that comes with having children with disabilities or disorders in the African setting.

 

Our services are purely on a charity basis and the need to make a difference, we invite you once again to support our mission by being a regular donor and when you have time and the resources to come and volunteer at the center as you serve the children whom many have neglected and abused.

 

We are looking forward to partnering with companies ,colleges, universities and churches so that we establish a strong volunteers network which will be coming to Kenya to help us in fulfilling this mission and calling that we respond to every day by dedicating time and resources towards children with autism and other disorders .If you can be the bridge between us and the partnerships or funding ,we would really appreciate and the children though not aware would be glad for the help you would have brought them.

 

Once again a big thank you for making this project possible through your time and contributions. We view you as a partner and a friend.


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Mr&Ms Autism Kenya
Mr&Ms Autism Kenya

This project report is a submission to the 2017 Global Giving's Fail Forward Contest 

Two years ago, when the foundation was at baby steps, i travelled to Kenya Armed with the little knowledge and positive

sharing and learning on how to assist the kid's living in the spectrum. I thought it will be hard but not challenging because I

raise a child with autism. So i travelled to Kenya from States ready to visit schools etc. But the challenge was real and

hard, few therapists, expensive therapies. I tried my best but without being heard and the little knowledge about autism

countrywide. I struggled to assist as basic learning materials and needs were scarce and autism was just a disease. I

traveled  upcountry and met a young boy Emmanuel who was autistic  but the parents belived he was crazy. So the let him

walk around and nothing fascinated him like my phone. And so I went to  a school  in rural but it was hard, They strongly

believe that the kids were bewitched  or crazy,  Disability law act in Kenya regarding autism is termed as others.so

hencetalking about it is hard. So my mission twas failing miserably, as I was not achieving my goal was becoming

difficult. So I sat down and started thinking which group of people drive the audience and people together, what really

brings attention to awareness. Eureka

So we came up with a Fashion Show Event  for Autism,and Youth asked questions about  autism , we advertised on social

media, and it was all about inclusion. And people started asking about So we did a fantastic fashion show event where we

crowned Mr &Ms Autism Kenya,who advocate through thier campus media, as well as donate clothes and create a fun day

or snack picnic for the kids,. And a girli n the spectrum Ms Light of Autism Kenya. 

Changing Strategy and being a little but different from the walk, And From the every year we invite a speaker and it's

officially every April is the Autism Fashion Event 

Through our Efforts we managed to start a play therapy with one OT in order to help the kidsl

 

 Living at the slums who can't afford expensive therapy ,even though we still have daily challenges, Working together and

including  kids with autism to enjoy and have fun was simply pure satisfaction 

Mr&Ms Autism Kenya
Mr&Ms Autism Kenya
Steppers therapy center
Steppers therapy center
Male model
Male model
Non Verbal but steps it up 4 Autism
Non Verbal but steps it up 4 Autism
Female traditional model
Female traditional model
Pharaoh stepped in
Pharaoh stepped in
Emmanuel the Autistic boy in the Countryside
Emmanuel the Autistic boy in the Countryside
Therapy time
Therapy time
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