We began this journey of making a difference in the year 2017 with you. our main concern and still is up to date is how children with special needs can access the medical therapies they need to make their lives better. We are talking about occupational therapy, physiotherapy, play therapy, speech therapy, and behavior therapy. these services we offer to children with autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome and other special needs conditions. We support the parents of children with special needs under our program by giving them counseling and from time to time foodstuffs.
we have been able to run this project because you have walked with us and supported us by giving donations to our project. we are having an increased number of children being referred to our therapy center in Mathare and we are only able to cater to a few of them. We would like you to help us more by referring your friends and family to continue giving to this project and in turn, we will be able to bring more parents and children into the project. Mathare, the area we serve is a big slum in Kenya which has lots of informal settlements, extremely high rates of unemployment and big poverty levels. the parents under our program cannot afford to take care of their children who have special needs conditions and therefore purely depend on the generosity of people like you through this project to give hope and better the condition of the children. with the donations we continue to receive, we will be able to buy more therapy equipment, hire more specialists and buy them food.
Will you continue this journey with us by making a donation?
We as Step Up 4 Autism continue to be thankful for all the support we get from the GlobalGiving community. The funding through the donations continue to be put into good use and the results are amazing. We have added ten more children to our therapy project and this means ten more families who are forever grateful for the work that we do. These are ten more families living below two dollars a day and continue to have the daily challenges of affording a meal leave alone education and health care attention for their children with special needs. Our project and through the help of the GlobalGiving family of donors are able to offer all the children with autism and other special needs in Mathare Slums in Nairobi City Kenya free expert therapy .therpay means they get to have a well-trained speech therapist help them get skills to enable the nonverbal to communicate and also an occupational therapist to help them get the basics of the day to day life and improve their ability to relate to the environment.
The money you give to this project truly does make an impact in a child with special needs life. For every dollar, you put into this project a child with special needs gets access to therapy services and education for the parents for free. We intend to expand the program in the next three months to invite more parents to bring their children with special needs to therapy .this will only be possible if you, the kind and the compassionate person reading this holds our hands and the hands of the children that we serve. Your generosity and kindness is something we will remember you for. Wherever you are please know it in your heart that indeed you do make a difference
The amazing work that we have going on in Nairobi Kenya is thanks to you the global giving community. For the past three months we have been able to access an additional number of 10 more children who we have reached and are now getting the therapy services from our team of occupational therapists and doctors for free.
these are children with special needs who are from very disadvantaged and poor backgrounds and from the slums. Their parents live below two dollars a day and they have to make very hard financial decisions between providing the children with food or therapy.
We as an organization through volunteers we have been able to make a difference and step into the situation and offer free quality therapy to children with autism.
We might be doing a great job with the very limited resources that we have access to but we know that with enough and consistent funding we will be able to cover the whole country.This is abig dream which we cannot achieved without each and everyone of you holding our hands and walking with us.
The over 80 children that we have impacted so far say thank you and God bless you.
We begin by sending warm thank yous and love to all those who are walking with us in this journey of making a difference in the lives of children with special needs.
For the past three months alone that is February, March, and April we have been able to offer free therapy consistently every week to thirty children. these are children who come from families where the breadwinner in one and earns less than two dollars a day, therefore, cannot afford the full charges of therapy in the mainstream hospitals.
the difference that we continue to make is mainly because there are people who have made a conscious decision to walk with us and support us. These are our volunteers, our kind donors from this platform global giving and the parents that embraced our services.
we however still face challenges like not being able to provide the children with something to bite as they come for the therapies and some of them due to the nature of their disability requires transport, we currently don't have our own means of transport. We would love to have our own means of transporting the children.
Wherever you are please continue supporting this initiative as we continue to impact more lives.Thank you.
For the past two years we have done some great work for the children with autism in the slums of mathare in nairobi kenya.
This has been enabled through your donations and gifts to our program.Throughout the year 2018 we have had up to 80 children receive free expert therapy.These are children whos parents cannot afford basic therapy services due to their little income.They are not in formal employment and hence depend on seasonal jobs which do not give them more than three dollars a day.
Our biggest challenge so far is paying rent for the premises which is 150USD a month.Then the motivation money for our volunteers to cater for their lunch and transportation money.These are volunteers who help in handling the children in between the therapies.The volunteers also include the occupational therapists,Speech therapists and nurses.
Your donations are doing amazing work on the ground here in Kenya.The money has gone towards the betterment of the lives of children with autism from very humble backgrounds.They can now attend therapy which is free and their parents can have some time off as we fully take care of the children.
If you can make your donation to be reccuring every month then our rent problem will be solved.We also request you to take up the rent burden for the therapy center,the food burden,because we need to be providing the children and the parents with autism friendly food and also the burden of paying one professional to be a permanent employee of the therapy center.The salary for the occupational therapist to be fully employed at the therapy center would require 250USD a month.May God touch you and use you to help accomplish this work.
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