Bring playtime to 100 children with disabilities

by Uhambo
Hand over of the Stimulation Kit
Hand over of the Stimulation Kit

We are happy to share that the Ndinogona "I Can" Stimulation Program has been fully implemented at the Siyabonga Care Center! Thanks to your contributions, children continue to develop, learn, grow and play! The caregivers are seeing great development due to the kit's extensive and valuable activities. Parents and caregivers see a difference in their children already and are very excited about the impact of the program, not just on their children but also on their community. 

Although the program is wrapping up, Uhambo will conduct follow up visits with the Siyabonga Care Center and help them sustain the program through the parents' support groups and by engaging community members. The children will experience ongoing benefits, thanks to the kit's daily use at the center and in their homes! 

Uhambo is working on providing the Stimulation Program to other communities in need and has posted a new project on GlobalGiving -- a wheelchair center in Kenya that will train and hire people with disabilities. After the initial funding to launch the center, It will a sustainble social enterprise. 

Join us on our Facebook page to follow stories about our Stimulation Program, the new Wheechair Center and our journey. After all, Uhambo means journey and we are grateful you have joined us!

Learning from the "All About Me" module
Learning from the "All About Me" module
Enjoying the "All About Me" module
Enjoying the "All About Me" module
Enjoying cookie time!
Enjoying cookie time!

Uhambo has kicked off its Ndinogona "I Can" Program at the Siyabonga Care Village in Vredenburg, a rural community in Western Cape, to children with disabilities. Some of the children who are benefiting from the program include:

  • Niclyn, a happy 5 year old boy with cerebral palsy who is very mobile and active. He is responding very well to the stimulation activities!
  • Ntando, a very friendly and delightful little 4 year old boy with cerebral palsy who is becoming more physically active.
  • Aminathi is a 4 year old little girl who had meningitis when she was younger. She is very vocal and loves to participate in all singing activities!

Six care givers participated in the Stimulation Kit training and were extremely excited to implement the tools in their daily work! The kit includes over 100 specially-designed activities and songs to stimulate communication and are divided into four themes:

  1. All About Me
  2. All About Food
  3. All About Family and Community
  4. All About Learning 

This month the center is focusing on the “All about Me” theme.

Thanks to each and every one of you for providing this opportunity to the children of Siyabonga! The program will continue over the next few months and offer transformative experiences for the children, care givers, staff and community members. 

Inclusive lunch
Inclusive lunch
The Stimulation Kit
The Stimulation Kit


How does our work make a difference?

 Yummy's Story

 Our project at Siyabonga will help 100 children with disabilities including children like "Yummy". Yamkhela (fondly known as Yummy) who was born with Cerebral Palsy moved to Siyabonga four years ago after being abandoned by his mother in the shack they called home. Yummy was used to being hidden away as his family was ashamed about his disability. He now receives the care and attention he deserves at Siyabonga, along with an opportunity for development and inclusion with others. His caretakers often sing to him, “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy, I’ve got love in my tummy!” 

How's our Campaign going?

Our campaign is going well but we still have some distance to cover. Do you know someone who has been touched by disabilities, has an affinity for Africa or believes in social justice and human rights? If so, please share the link to our Campaign with them. $10 is the minimum donation on GlobalGiving and truly every dollar helps.

Upcoming Bonus Day

GlobalGiving is offering another Bonus Day on April 24! This is a great chance for new donors to contribute as their funds will be matched. 

Thank you again for your support and for sharing our work with others!

Today, April 2, is World Autism Awareness Day -- a chance to address stigma, build awareness and develop support structure for a more inclusive society. Uhambo's Ndinogona "I Can" Stimulation Program provides the opportunity for children with disabilities to realize their potential. 

At another day care center in a township of Cape Town that utilizes the Stimulation Kit, Soso, an 8-year-old with autism, repeated words for the first time with his therapist recently. His therapists believe that soemday he may be able to read and write.

What a fantastic breakthrough that many others can achieve with the  Ndinogona "I Can" Stimulation Kit!


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Location: Fort Collins, Colorado - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Lucinda Kerschensteiner
Founding Director
Fort Collins, Colorado United States

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