The realities of the covid 19 pandemic continue to be felt in Kenya, especially during these hard economic times when the price of fuel and food has shot up overnight.
Families that have kids with disabilities and come from low-income areas continue to be hit the most . This is due to the fact that it is very expensive to have a child with disabilities due to the many needs that must be met for them.
Many of the parents who have these kids and are from low-income areas are single parents who are unemployed or have a small business that cannot meet the family demands.
Step up 4 Autism offers the kids free therapy and food packages . We continue to appreciate the help that you send to us and we say may God Bless you all.
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Creating awareness on autism and vaccinations is hard and this is due to the currently available misinformation on various platforms already against autism. Due to the misinformation, many cannot access the vaccines and this makes it very hard for them to go about their daily activities.
This is in addition to the challenges of food and lack of access to therapy services that the kids continue to face on normal days without the pandemic.
Access to therapy services is a big issue in Kenya and those who get access to them pay high prices. This is not affordable to kids from low-income areas who live below the poverty line. People living with autism have a need for occupational therapy, speech therapy, behavior therapy, physical therapy among others as per the need of the client.
The other challenge is food. Access to nutritious foods is a big challenge, many kids on the spectrum have challenges consuming regular foods with wheat, milk, and sugar contents. They have to be put on a nutritious diet that embraces their autism challenges.
We are calling upon you to continue giving to this project and be that shoulder to lean on in times of trouble for kids coming from low-income areas and living with challenges like autism.
Access to vaccines is a big issue here in Kenya and the larger African continent. There continues to lack of enough information on the benefits of vaccines and the vaccination points available are scarce, hard to come by, and inaccessible to people living with disabilities.
There are also not enough trained people to handle the needs of people living with autism, some of them fear needles and are not amused by the whole vaccination approach. This is due to the differences in processing the information they get and how they perceive it. This challenge stems from the viewpoint of how autism is unique in everyone who has it.
This grant and fundraiser continue to help us to make communications that are meant at easing this access to vaccines and preparing kids and adults with autism to get vaccines. It also enables us to maintain a database of those who have received the vaccination and those who haven't.
With additional funds, we will be able to get more people living with autism to be vaccinated to get them the correct information on the various vaccines available and break the information to them into segments that they will understand and be able to act on.
The Covid 19 effects continue to be felt throughout third world countries like Kenya that have few vaccines to give and little budgetary allocations to cushion the people and most especially the poor from the harsh economic times that have accompanied the pandemic.
This continues to see many families and most especially those that are resource strained as a result of having a child or children with disabilities continue to suffer.
We have done our best as an organization to reach out to these families and give them food packages to help them put meals on the table for some days in a month.
We have only been able to do this because you stood with us as a donor and supporter. Our program also offers free therapy services to children with disabilities every Saturday in the Mathare constituency.
Kindness is still the best antidote, During the hard covid 19 times in Kenya, we ran to you for support to make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities in Kenya who could not get their regular food due to the circumstances presented by covid 19.
The children under our program come from disadvantaged backgrounds where they are not able to get basic nutritious foods due to the high cost of living in Kenya and the poverty of their parents which is mostly caused by unemployment and lack of sufficient government support programs to care for people living with disabilities.
The challenges presented by covid are like no other that we have seen in Kenya so far. There is widespread hunger and basic amenities especially among vulnerable groups of people who have disabilities and such other challenges.
Whenever you send in your support we are able to ensure a family or two get to have food for half a month and that is something so big. Affording a meal for a child with a disability means a lot to such a family.
With your donation towards this project, you get to have the assurance that a family gets, cooking oil, wheat flour, maize flour, beans, and rice, and sugar.
Thank you in advance for your continued support. Please share with a friends and family and your church or school members and have them become regular donors to help out this cause.
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