| Feb 19, 2024
We're building again!!
Bauen fur OrangeFarm day 1
After completing four units in phase one of construction, the therapy, rehabilitation, and administrative teams moved into our newly created, purpose-built Centre of Excellence in September 2023, happily leaving the former KCDC site—an adapted residential home—that we had been occupying since 2014 and had become far too small for our growing team. Our working atmosphere is already much improved in the new location, and we are committed to seeing the Centre through to completion. We have started the next stage of construction in collaboration with Bauen Fur Orange Farm and the University of Applied Sciences, Munich.
More than 10% of Uganda's children live with a disability, with limited access to rehabilitation and education. Less than 1% of children with disabilities finish secondary education and only 9% of them are able to enter primary school because of the intricate problems of poverty, gender, stigma, inaccessibility, and inadequate nutrition. According to recent data, 32% of Western Ugandans over the age of 18 are illiterate, which has an adverse effect on their prospects for employment and general health. Low educational attainment, poor health, early pregnancy, poverty, and disability are strongly correlated.
More than 7,500 children's quality of life and long-term potential have been enhanced by the talented team of rehabilitation therapists and special education teacher-trainers that Kyaninga Child Development Centre (KCDC) has assembled over the previous nine years. KCDC, which covers an area of more than 1,000 km2, is the sole facility in the western region offering specialised treatment to children with disabilities. It is acknowledged on a national level as a centre of excellence for inclusive education, rehabilitation, and disabilities. This is why we made the decision to build our centre in order to improve the health and education of Ugandan children with disabilities.
KCDC's Holistic Interventions
We are building a purpose-built complex that will include the Kyaninga Inclusive Education Hub & Model School, a rehabilitation centre, and training facilities in order to foster a supportive community where families can access the comprehensive services required for their children to succeed, all on one site. The establishment places a high priority on sustainable development, which meets present demands without jeopardising those of coming generations. It harmoniously strikes a balance between the environment, society, and economic factors. The centre's design process incorporates sustainable ideas effortlessly from the beginning.
As the primary change agents are the families and communities that enhance the impact of their children's health and education, we cultivate an environment where growth potential is limitless by promoting physical and mental well-being through therapy, nutrition, and parental support programmes, as well as by economically empowering carers.
Our community-based rehabilitation and therapy programmes include nutrition, street business school, home and school visits, epilepsy clinics, outpatient clinics, and awareness campaigns. They paint a complete picture of our all-encompassing approach to supporting inclusive, high-quality education for children with disabilities and strengthening the bond between the community, the family, and the school.
Munich's University of Applied Sciences and Bauen Fur OrangeFarm
As part of the university's "Real Design Studio," 22 German architectural students, artisans, and 11 architectural students from Uganda will be staying in Fort Portal for the next six weeks. Through this project, students are able to go beyond simply creating abstract forms and become fully immersed in a design. Students travel to the project site as volunteers and work to design actual buildings for non-profits in Africa. Our on-site project manager oversees the students and makes sure everything is done according to our building designs and to the highest standards under the direction of a lead architect from Bauen für OrangeFarm.More than twenty local construction workers will have their salary and welfare kindly covered by Bauen für OrangeFarm for the duration of their six-week stay on the site; the students, on the other hand, are responsible for funding their own projects and have generated additional funds to support the construction process. Munich University's assistance also gives our project invaluable practical support, especially in earth brick manufacture, an essential component of our building materials that the students will concentrate on. Additionally, they are designing landscapes with therapeutic features like play structures, sensory gardens, and wheelchair accessibility in mind.
The students have also made time to visit Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kibale National Park in Uganda, where they have been fully immersed in the local culture and have had the opportunity to see chimpanzees and other exotic animals.
After completing their first week on the construction site, spirits are high, and so are the walls!!!! We are close to reaching the roof trusses, and the newest therapy room is taking shape.
“It's so great to be here and meet some of the children. It’s hard to imagine what Uganda is like when we sit in our classroom. I am so pleased that I could come here.” Hannah, Germany
“I loved going to the school and seeing the children playing together; this game gave me some good ideas for the sensory and play areas that we want to put between the buildings.” Michael, Germany
“This is new to me. As Ugandans, we don’t think about disability in this way. But now I will change my approach to design as I continue my studies.” Aloysious, Uganda
We are still fundraising to complete the centre and need your ongoing support. We have enough funds to start on the first 2 classrooms for the inclusive school, which will start in the next couple of months, but we need additional funds to complete the rest of the school so that it won't be split across 2 sites.
1 week later
German students working on design ideas