Education  Kenya Project #31052

Enable Transit for Kenyan Children w/ Disabilities

by New Life Home Trust
Enable Transit for Kenyan Children w/ Disabilities
Enable Transit for Kenyan Children w/ Disabilities
Enable Transit for Kenyan Children w/ Disabilities
Enable Transit for Kenyan Children w/ Disabilities
Enable Transit for Kenyan Children w/ Disabilities
Enable Transit for Kenyan Children w/ Disabilities
Enable Transit for Kenyan Children w/ Disabilities
Enable Transit for Kenyan Children w/ Disabilities
Enable Transit for Kenyan Children w/ Disabilities
Enable Transit for Kenyan Children w/ Disabilities
Playing Together
Playing Together

Rescued as infants, each of the children in our Amani Cottage for children with physical and mental disabilities is uniquely different. Because disability in Kenya still tends to carry social stigmas, many infants with physical or mental disabilities are abandoned or given up for adoption.

Over the years, Amani Cottage has worked to serve as a model of quality care for children in Kenya, and particularly for those with disabilities. We believe that every child deserves access to high-quality education and care, and we are committed to providing this for all of the children in all of our homes, even as we grow.

This past year, a baby girl was transferred to the Amani Cottage after being rescued from another home, growing our total number to 16!  With this many children in one home environment, it becomes even more vital that they have the ability to give each child the specific care they need, and time outside of the home that suits their particular disability where they can travel safely, attend physical therapy, have necessary surgeries, and a reliable way to get to school, despite their mobility limitations.

This particular project has been raising money very slowly, but with support from individuals like you who understand the value of helping increase mobility for children with disabilities. Join us in making the lives of these 16 kids richer and more accessible, by helping us grow the funding for this project. Share our project with your friends and family, and let them know why access to transportation for children with special needs is so important!

New Arrival
New Arrival

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Sweet Baby Tori
Sweet Baby Tori

 

If you've never met our kids with special needs, then you don't know what you're missing.

All these children first came to New Life as abandoned babies. When it was discovered that they had special needs, they were brought to Kisumu. The first of the children with special needs were transferred to Kisumu in early 2008, and the wing of the building that houses our children with physical or mental disabilities, called the Amani Cottage, was opened in 2014. This rebuild allowed us to renovate our existing space to make it more accessible and plan for future needs.

At Amani Cottage we work to be a centre of excellence in the care and education of children with special needs, because we firmly believe that it is the right of every child to such care and education, no matter their physical or mental disability. Additionally, we are committed to providing this care and education throughout their childhood and as they age into adulthood.

Though we are still receiving infants like a recent transfer from our Nairobi home - a young infant named Tori - we also work to anticipate future needs, like the vehicle this project is raising money for.

But we need your help. You donated to this project because you believe in our work, you recognize the need for access to mobility and how it improves the quality of life, and because your values align with our values - that every child has a right to quality care and education.

We need help from allies like you to elevate our voice and our need. Be a changemaker by coming alongside our project and helping us raise the funds that will allow the now 16 children in our Amani Cottage access to school, medical facilities, physical therapy, and activities.

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There are probably a million other ways you can think of to help. The point is, you make all the difference in the world. With your help, we have the funding to rescue infants like Tori, a jovial baby girl who is loving her new home at Amani Cottage. Since arriving at Amani, she has truly enjoyed having an accessible bath area as well as the sensory and therapy sessions she is able to receive because of the renovations to our building in 2014.

And those renovations - donors like you made those happen too. Join us in making the lives of these 16 kids richer and more accessible.

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One of our little Girl Scouts!
One of our little Girl Scouts!

Did you know that there are girl scouts organizations around the world in 146 countries, including Kenya?

The Kenyan Scouts Association was established in 1910 and, according to their site, “is the largest Youth Movement in Kenya, with over 1 million boy and girl Scouts and a support team of over 40,000 Scout Leaders.”  

This year some of the girls at New Life’s Amani Cottage had the opportunity of enrolling in a local girl scouts troop! The girls were thrilled by the opportunity to be a part of this organization to go participate in new adventures and make new friends outside of the Home.

And while badges vary from country to country, many participating countries in the World Organization of Scouting Movement have a Disability Awareness Badge to open young minds to the possibilities of living with a physical or mental disability. In this case, the Amani girls are helping their fellow scouts just by participating.

Part of that participation requires transportation. Anyone with children knows that you can spend the whole day running errands just taking your kids to their extracurricular activities. In Kisumu, where some roads are still dirt and gravel, getting our kids to therapy sessions, medical treatments, and school can be a slow process. Not to mention their fun activities, like girls scouts!

That is why we are fundraising for this transportation vehicle - to help us care for these special children in the way they deserve and provide for them in the way any parent would want to give their child the best the world has to offer.

We know this cause is a niche for some people. Not everyone has personal experience with people or children with disabilities and they do not always understand the pressing needs that are involved. This month, can you help us spread the word about our project by inviting 5 people to make a small contribution alongside you? Because with your help, we can improve the quality of life for these beautiful children who are daily overcoming so many obstacles to be excellent students, girl scouts, and all around superstars.

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Amani Cottage Family Photo
Amani Cottage Family Photo

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."  (Helen Keller)

Amani Cottage currently serves as home to 15 children with physical and/or mental disabilities. New Life Home Trust is committed to providing quality care for rescued infants until adoption. However, many of the infants we rescue with disabilities are less likely to be adopted, as they require more intensive and expensive care. As New Life began to encounter abandoned infants with special needs, we recognized the necessity of a long-term provision for these infants as they grew up. In early 2008, seven children with special needs, ages 2 to 3 years old, were transferred to our Kisumu home to grow and thrive outside the bustle of Nairobi, thus creating the Amani Cottage unit. The housing unit was appropriately named the Amani Cottage because 'amani' means peace.

Over time, as the children grew, so did the need for a larger facility. In early 2013, we had a groundbreaking ceremony in Kisumu for a facility to meet the varying needs of our Amani children, including specially adapted bathrooms, classrooms and bedrooms, a spacious kitchen, and a sensory therapy room. Through many generous donations, the building was completed in 2014. Our staff helped to build excitement for the children, giving them construction updates and countdowns, and allowing them to tour the rooms that would become their bedrooms. Slowly, cautious about all of the change, the children became excited about, and then accustomed to, their new bedrooms and common spaces (which they now love, of course).

In 2015, after committing 5 years to the general care and oversight not only of the children, but also to the construction process, funding needs, and standard of care at the Amani Cottage, a UK couple with expertise in special needs returned home. They were an incredible blessing to the Amani children and to New Life Home Trust during their time with us. In their absence, the Amani staff are daily rising to the challenge of learning and growing alongside the growth of these children. One of the greatest assets along the journey of New Life's Amani Cottage is the many specialized volunteers who have shared their time, knowledge, skills, and experience with our staff and have helped secure donations of need-specific equipment. 

As the children age, the needs of our Amani children shift: outgrowing wheelchairs, reaching puberty, and just getting bigger. It is for this reason that we continue to seek funding for them and for this project to keep the as mobile as possible as they grow up. We continue to strive to offer these incredible kids the best care because they deserve it! Help us fund this bus project and enable transit to school, physical therapy, and other fun and beneficial activities by sharing why you care about our project and inviting your friends and family to lend their support!

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New Life Home Trust

Location: Nairobi - Kenya
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New Life Home Trust
Pam Amundsen
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Pam Amundsen
Nairobi, Kenya

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