Imagine a child with a disability abandoned because of cultural stigma. At the Compassionate Hands for the Disabled Foundation (CHDF) Outreach Centre outside Ruai, Nairobi, Kenya, we work to ensure that orphans and other vulnerable children with mental and/or physical disabilities have the shelter, education and care they need.
In the areas around Nairobi, Kenya, there is a culture of stigma and discrimination against people with mental and/or physical disabilities that leads to families abandoning children. There are cases of children who had never seen the light of day as their parents were either afraid or embarrassed to display them publicly. These children are often forgotten and neglected. These vulnerable children need care, medical support, schooling and an environment where they can thrive.
The CHDF Outreach Center exists to rescue and admit children who are disabled living in indecent conditions and put them on the path to physical and mental recovery. We're continually improving the living conditions of these children by providing a safe and caring environment. Our goal is to have all the children enjoy healthy meals, have one bed per child, access to the right drugs to manage their conditions and access to schooling or learning life skills.
The long-term goal for all our children is to have them living healthy, fulfilling lives as adults despite their disabilities. Through our rehabilitation process, we've successfully had some of our children join the public education system and several who are in high school. If they can eventually complete their studies, reintegrate into society and ascend to positions of power, we envision them championing for the rights of the disabled and fighting the stigma associated with disability.
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