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Help Kenyan children with disabilities into school

by HANDS AROUND THE WORLD
Help Kenyan children with disabilities into school
Help Kenyan children with disabilities into school
Help Kenyan children with disabilities into school
Help Kenyan children with disabilities into school
Help Kenyan children with disabilities into school
Help Kenyan children with disabilities into school
Help Kenyan children with disabilities into school
Help Kenyan children with disabilities into school
Help Kenyan children with disabilities into school
Help Kenyan children with disabilities into school
Help Kenyan children with disabilities into school
Help Kenyan children with disabilities into school
Help Kenyan children with disabilities into school
Anna with nursing student, Esther, at Meru Uni
Anna with nursing student, Esther, at Meru Uni

HATW volunteer, Anna, writes about her trip to the DCC…

I went to Maua to the DCC in January. I had been asked if I wanted to go on a short visit to meet people and see the projects working with hands around the world there.

I was filled with anxiety, not about travelling, discomfort or experiencing a different culture, but about my own ability to contribute. I was worried that I had nothing to bring and no skills that could benefit others. Without realising, I had started to focus solely on myself. When I arrived, this completely changed.

Life in Maua is different from mine, and yet I found things in common with people. Everyone welcomed us.
I was delighted to meet and listen to student nurses at the school in the Methodist hospital – they talked about job prospects and how hard their course was; complained about exams and hoped that when qualified they would finally have more money. I was really struck by how similar they sounded to my students; their problems, although different, were very similar. This made me think about how much we have in common with people everywhere. Findings these commonalities not only helps us to forge lasting relationships but also helps us to understand other people’s points of view.

We spent a day visiting people who had disabilities in their homes. It was humbling to be welcomed by and to meet children whose need was so great. The children though were delighted that we had come and really wanted to pose for photos, which made them giggle. We also went to visit some of the special schools that Hands Around The World is involved with. The children were overjoyed with the footballs that we gave them.
My experience of volunteering has given me more to think about and a strong desire to develop the relationships and links that I made, but it has also changed me. In the end, I benefitted more than I could have contributed. I feel privileged to have met so many inspiring people and hope that I will see them again.

We were so excited to visit the DCC and associated projects last week! A small group of volunteers including a physio, nursing lecturer, the new Executive Officer and a HATW Trustee went on a short fact-finding and follow-up visit to our partners in the Maua area.

We visited Athi school and were delighted to see the new classrooms in use, with students hard at work! (see pictures below)

At Irindiro school, the dormitory was looking so much better – with beds and mattresses for all the children now in place. There is a new wash block with showers and loos (with disability aid!) but, unfortunately, not connected to a water supply – you still have to bring your own bucket of water.

The new classroom for teaching the hearing- impaired is complete, though it still needs metal window grilles to protect the glass from accidental damage.

More importantly, the children lack the horseshoe desk which is needed so that they all have a direct line of sight to their signing teacher. Please help by sponsoring so that we can provide them with this essential resource.

New classrooms at Athi Special School
New classrooms at Athi Special School
Pupils at Athi Special School
Pupils at Athi Special School
Dormitory at Irindiro Primary School
Dormitory at Irindiro Primary School
Accessible toilet at Irindiro!
Accessible toilet at Irindiro!
Teaching sign language at Irindiro
Teaching sign language at Irindiro
Horseshoe desk needed in the new classroom
Horseshoe desk needed in the new classroom
Dormitory before
Dormitory before

The work at Irindiro Primary School’s special unit is continuing well in the effort to provide education to children with different abilities.

In this project the children in the special unit are to benefit from water installation, beds with mattresses, electricity supply, a renovated and updated dormitory, a new classroom and a security fence for the school.

Work has been completed on the water installation, new beds and mattresses issued, electricity has been installed and the school now has working electricity, the classroom has been completed and is already in use, work on the dormitory has begun with painting of the outside of the dormitory being completed.

Dormitory after
Dormitory after
New classroom
New classroom
Electricity has been installed
Electricity has been installed
The new classroom at Irindiro School
The new classroom at Irindiro School

Irindiro primary school’s special unit

The work at the Irindiro primary school’s special unit is continuing well. The water installation and water tank has enabled the school to have a constant source of fresh water. It is now much easier getting water for all the 63 children in the boarding facility. The water is used in preparing the meals as well as cleaning and bathing the children.

The beds and mattresses have ensured that each child has their own bed with a mattress, unlike before where up to 3 children used to share a bed with a sheet of cardboard for a mattress.

The mains electricity work and wiring of the dormitory was completed. A connection to the grid is still pending and hopefully within a couple of weeks the electricity company will provide the link and have lighting for the school.

The new classroom is almost complete and with this the hearing-impaired children using a part of the dormitory for a classroom will have a more conducive room in which to learn.

Thank you for your support!

Irindiro classroom
Irindiro classroom
Children come to the DCC for physio and other help
Children come to the DCC for physio and other help

How quickly it seems that three months pass, before the next project report is due! The pace of life in the UK seems to move much faster than that of our friends and colleagues in the disability schools we partner in Kenya.

The good news is that the building work in Athi school is complete – this means that toilet blocks are now usable by the children. In Irindiro school, the planned improvements have also been making slow but steady progress, though there is always more work to be done.

How our partnership works - Hands Around the World has heard of an opportunity to support young people who are interested in training in nursing or other similar health professions, and who have the necessary grades in their exams to enable them to start their training this year. The DCC has been able to identify a nursing training course in the local Methodist hospital, next door to the disability centre. As the requirement would be for health staff who were trained in this way to continue to work within the country for at least 2 years post-graduation, we are considering the potential for them to be employed by the disability centre for outreach work into the local communities, when their training is complete. To date there have been three applicants for training places, for whom the cost is currently a barrier to continuing their qualifications.

We aim to enable some candidates to pursue this health training opportunity; as well as gaining personal qualifications, they would be able to dedicate some of the time during their training to the DCC, such as supporting outreach clinics. This would provide an invaluable resource to the disability centre, however we will still need to identify funding for their ongoing employment.

How can you help?

  • Make a lasting difference – sponsor a child through the Hand in Hand scheme
  • Donate your skills – maybe you are a disability therapist or have special needs teaching skills? Contact us to find out how you could share your professional skills through a visit to our project partners
  • Raise money through a local event, which can be used by the project to provide essential therapy resources and equipment to disabled children in the community
 

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HANDS AROUND THE WORLD

Location: MONMOUTH, MONMOUTHSHIRE - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
David Steiner
Executive Officer
Monmouth, Monmouthshire United Kingdom
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