Help Kenyan children with disabilities into school

by HANDS AROUND THE WORLD
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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
Children at Irindiro Special School
Children at Irindiro Special School

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. 

Children at Irindiro Special School
Children at Irindiro Special School
Therapy at home
Therapy at home
Therapy at home
Therapy at home
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Learning outside at Irindiro Special School
Learning outside at Irindiro Special School

The situation of Coronavirus in the country has improved and all education institutions have resumed. Our two targeted schools, Athi special School and Irindiro are in session. The challenge is ensuring the children with disabilities maintain social distance and hygiene such as wearing of masks. In order to ensure the learners are protected the schools have resorted to restricting visitation in the schools.

Irindiro special school is in need of extra classrooms as they only have 2 classrooms catering to 110 learners. To avoid overcrowding the children are learning outside under the trees.

In view of the last population census, which revealed that Meru County is leading with the number of persons with disability with over 60,000 persons with disabilities, the DCC embarked on registering persons with disability especially women for the past 2 months in order to seek support from the government. The target is to register 6,000 women with disabilities and so far we have registered 8,000 persons with disabilities with 5,300 being women. After the exercise they will be trained on how to use their new registered status to advocate for support from the government.


In need of more classrooms
In need of more classrooms
Pupils at Irindiro
Pupils at Irindiro
Registration of persons with disabilities
Registration of persons with disabilities
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DCC Physio gives Emmanuel a facemask and handwash
DCC Physio gives Emmanuel a facemask and handwash

DCC staff continue to visit children in the programme at their homes and provide Covid protective equipment and food stuffs to their families. The situation with Coronavirus in Kenya is now improving and the government is starting to lift restrictions.

We have resumed mobile clinics in 4 centres where we provide services to those who are not able to reach the main centre in Maua. Here we have witnessed very vulnerable children who are in dire need of help. However, we are unable to provide more families with food as we don’t have sufficient funds and those, we are already providing for are still dependent on us.

The government announced partial reopening of schools starting on the 12th October 2020 but the fate of Special schools where the children we support normally attend is still unknown.

We have continued to provide support in the form of forums where health officials and parents get to interact, and parents can ask pertinent questions on disability and about their children.

Thank you for supporting this project.

Consultation with parents in the community
Consultation with parents in the community
Receiving a wrapped facemask and handwash
Receiving a wrapped facemask and handwash
Forum involving parents and health workers
Forum involving parents and health workers
Distributing food to families in need
Distributing food to families in need
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Using available materials to train a child to walk
Using available materials to train a child to walk

As the country battles COVID-19, schools remain closed here in Kenya with the earliest possibility of reopening in September. Due to this, the children supported under this program remain at home. It presents a difficult situation for the children as they come from very vulnerable and poor backgrounds; the food they were getting while in school is hard to come by while at home. The Disability Community Centre (DCC) has been distributing food to the children at home during this period as well as handing out protective items such as hand wash, soap and face masks. So far, 204 children have benefited from the food and other items. But these items are not sufficient - especially the food, which quickly runs out.

Also, the DCC has managed to complete a new classroom for Irindiro special school during this closure period - something for the children to look forward to when they can get back to school.

Thank you for your support!

Providing face-masks during home visits
Providing face-masks during home visits
Food distribution
Food distribution
Food distribution
Food distribution
New classroom at Irindiro under construction
New classroom at Irindiro under construction
Completed classroom at Irindiro special school
Completed classroom at Irindiro special school
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Pupils at Irindiro reading at break time
Pupils at Irindiro reading at break time

In the schools (targeted through Meru North Disability Community centre) - Athi special school and Irindiro special school, 12 teachers and 130 parents have been trained on conducting playgroup therapy activities for the children. This has considerably reduced the occurrence of contractures and need for repeat surgeries.

16 Children with Disabilities were identified, assessed and placed in different appropriate schools therefore enabling them access education.

24 teachers, administrators and health workers have been trained on child rights and child protection.

In November 2019, 21 Children successfully underwent corrective surgeries successfully. 

Pupils at Irindiro received books for their library.

Thank you for your support!

Physiotherapy session at DCC
Physiotherapy session at DCC
Physiotherapy session at DCC
Physiotherapy session at DCC
Playgroup at Athi Special School
Playgroup at Athi Special School
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