Through the fantastic generosity of HATW's supporters, the Disability Community Centre (DCC) in Maua, Kenya, continues to nurture local children with disabilities – encouraging every boy and girl to develop their interests and talents, and supporting them to showcase and share these gifts with one another. Most recently, the DCC held a children’s forum to bring together children from the different special schools supported by the project.
The event provided an opportunity to interact and share the challenges faced by the institutions as well as celebrate successes. It was also a chance for the children with special needs to demonstrate their talents in song, dance and poems, providing a platform from which to express themselves and to inspire each other. You’ll find some wonderful pictures of the children’s forum included with this report.
HATW also recently made a combined effort with the mobility charity Motivation Africa to provide the DCC with 40 new wheelchairs and associated assembly, fitting and user training. HATW also continues to support the provision of sitting and standing aids to children who require such assistance to participate in daily life and the activities at the DCC. These initiatives are part of the DCC’s commitment to providing children with disabilities access to high quality equipment and support, helping ensure that they are able to succeed in their endeavours no matter the challenges they face.
A new sitting aid helps with particiation and play
The Disability Community Centre continues to provide assistive devices to children with disabilities. Some of these essential items are the sitting and standing aids. These devices are used by children who have a challenge in standing and/or sitting. They are essential in ensuring the children are able to participate in daily activities including joining the family routine and participating in play activities with other children.
The challenge is that the conventional sitting and standing aids are beyond the reach of most of the parents due to the cost. The DCC has embarked on making these items through appropriate technology. They are being manufactured using simple items such as paper and cardboard. The cost of the DCC item is just a fraction of the price of the conventional ones (less than a quarter of the cost). But some parents still cannot afford the cheaper DCC items. Please consider a donation if you would like to help these families.
The pictures below demonstrate the process of making the items as well as children enjoying the end products...
Thank you for supporting the Disability Community Centre (DCC) in Maua, Kenya.
2021 was another busy and productive year for the DCC culminating in a very special celebration in December...
The DCC marked the International Day of Persons with Disability on the 3rd of December 2021 with pomp and colour! The day was graced by His Excellency the Governor of Meru County among other dignitaries. His attendance was important in addressing the plight of persons with disability in Meru County including children and the need to access quality education.
Thanks to supporters, we were able to ensure that all safety precautions (masks, sanitizer etc.) were in place with respect to preventing the spread of Covid-19.
During the day, an initiative to provide special identity cards was launched. These are to be issued to 8,000 persons with disabilities living in the region. This is a project that the Disability Community Centre has been working on over the past year - to register persons with disabilities in order to identify their needs and compel the government to allocate resources for these needs.
We look forward to keeping you updated throughout the year with news about this and other programmes run by the DCC.
HATW works in partnership with the Disability Community Centre (DCC), Kenya, a community project which supports children and families with disabilities, whilst increasing disability awareness. As well as this, the DCC supports initiatives in Athi and Irindiro and other local schools which provide residential education for children with impairments and disabilities. They do incredible work and make a significant difference to some of the most vulnerable children and families in the region.
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about new challenges, particularly exacerbating the need for access to efficient technology. We want to support the DCC by raising £1,200 to purchase 3 laptops. Although it was the pandemic that sparked the necessity for efficient online access, providing new laptops to the DCC office also opens the door to new forward thinking approaches to training and supportive measures.
We are excited to be partnering with GlobalGiving to raise funds to support the incredible work of the DCC staff through the provision of three laptops.
GlobalGiving's Little by Little campaign runs all this week (13th - 17th September). All donations up to $50 (£36) will be matched at 50%. If you can, please support the DCC appeal and donate this week to make your money go further!
The third wave of Covid-19 hit the country from mid-March 2021 leading the government to impose a travel ban to some counties and a night curfew. The school Easter holiday being scheduled for 4 weeks in April, it seemed that schools would not resume for the next term. Fortunately, the restrictions were reduced and school resumed in May 2021.
Strict measures of social distancing and good hygiene and sanitation remain enforced in the schools with a restricted visitation policy. These measures are in an effort to contain the spread and ensure children are safe in the schools.
The DCC has embarked on a project to ensure Athi special school has adequate clean water through sinking a borehole. The intention is to complete the project within 3 months so that the challenges of looking for water shall be in the past.
The photos in this report show some of the work carried out over the past 3 months including therapy sessions at home.
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