Health  Kenya Project #2364

Support 100 disabled youth with Assistive devices.

by Action Network for the Disabled Site Visit Verified
Children enjoying a game on wheelchair
Children enjoying a game on wheelchair

Tell me about a child who doesn’t love his/her play, it is common knowledge that even in the early schooling; play is incorporated as a bigger component of the child`s time at school. This is because play helps children grow strong, improve their physical fitness, friendship with colleagues as well as achieve a brain growth.

This is, however, a luxury to the majority of children with a disability who do not have the opportunity to join their fellows at the playgrounds given their mobility challenges. These kids often watch from afar wishing to participate alongside their peers but discouraged due to the playground terrain and their disability which cannot allow them to mingle freely and enjoy a game.

A wheelchair is thus an important implement in fulfillment of their dream to participate in games together with their peers because it provides them freedom of movement to and from the playground as well as the opportunity to play some games while seated in the wheelchair. This makes a child active irrespective of his/her type of disability and they are always looking forward to another day to be able to participate in games alongside their peers in school.

It is, therefore, imperative to note that apart from being mobility equipment, a wheelchair is an important asset to a child with a disability who needs it to be able to do other child-related activities either at home or school as they grow.

This is why we thank you for remaining steadfast in supporting this project so that we can enable hundreds of kids who cannot afford a wheelchair to have one and just be kids as their peers without being left out.

We will be launching an initiative to take children with disabilities to school so that they can fulfill their academic dreams, stay tuned for this information

Check our re-designed website here

Children with disabilities being taught sports
Children with disabilities being taught sports

Dear Friends,

I hope you are doing great,we are also faring on well and doing what we do best. In this update,we would like to inform you about our new direction of investing in children with disabilities.

We reckon that the future of disability movement both in Kenya and globally,will depend on the kind of investment we make in children with disability now.It is in this view that your continued support is critical towards securing the same future for generations to come.

We have made a decision to concentrate on issues of education for children with disabilities so that they can grow up into successful adults taking on leadership in various sectors of the economy.This means that from a small age,they will need to be rehabilitated based on the different type of disability they have and given necessary assistive device they need to be able to lead independent lives and attend school just as any other child.

With your support,we will continue offering walking aids,wheelchairs and other implements that will enable Children to overcome various challenges to excel in life. We also offer sporting activities in schools that enable Children with Disabilities to play alongside their colleagues who do not have any disability and thus facilitating an inclusive atmosphere that promotes an understanding of diversity from a young age while building friendships.

Soon we will launch a separate campaign focusing on education of this target group and count on you to inform friends around you who are interested in matters of education for marginalized populations such as children with disabilities.

Thank you so much for standing with our initiative,you are the souls that keep our work on-going and we appreciate your partnership.

Receiving a white cane
Receiving a white cane

Dear Friend,

We want to thank you for remaining steadfast in supporting the work that we do here in Kenya,it is through your commitment to this work that we were able to reach a population that would ordinarily be left out of any development project that goes on in our society.

No one thinks about prisoners who have a disability in our prisons,but through your support;the project was able to identify the needs of these prisoners who were lacking essential assistive devices that can help them navigate their way while serving their prison terms.

We found out that majority of them were lacking wheelchairs,white canes,amongst other essentials which made their prison-life very inhuman considering that one had to crawl down through dirty floors or wait on their fellows for them to get directions around the prison facility for those who are blind.

We believe that a prison is a correctional facility and should therefore not be a dehumanising facility for those with a disability.This is exactly what your support has enabled us achieve when we visited the Kamiti Maximum Prison and donated wheelchairs and other assistive devices.

Your contributions has enabled us impact positively the lives of prisoners with disabilities at Kamitti Maximum Prison,we cant thank you enough on their behalf.

We look forward to your continued support and those of friends in carrying on with this kind of work that is dearly needed in our society.

Thank you so much

New wheelchair
New wheelchair
Smiling after receiving a wheelchair donation
Smiling after receiving a wheelchair donation
Getting into the prison with the donations
Getting into the prison with the donations

Greetings from the field,

I thought it would be a nice thing to feed you-in with a few things we are handling at the moment.It is indeed an exciting moment for the organization to re-think our strategic direction in terms of the work we do within the community. We have had an opportunity to look inward,around our environment and the outside world as we position ourselves to create impact in our community.

Our board and the staff believe that we have a unique opportunity to influence lives of thousands of persons with disabilities through a two-pronged approach.This will mainly be through education and sustainable livelihoods and putting a key focus on children with disabilities and young people.

We are currently refining these strategies and will be able to share with all of you at an appropriate time in the next two months or so,we have also come up with a particular strategy to address our work on issues of disability and employment.The strategy is going to enable us scale our work and apply the use of technology to accelerate employment of persons with disabilities across board.

All this cannot be possible without your support,the donations that you continuously give to this project allow us to facilitate the mobility of persons with disabilities within our programs so that they can lead independent lives and take up other challenges in nation building.

We thank you exceedingly for your commitment to this course and continue counting on your support

Sports kits donation to one of our schools
Sports kits donation to one of our schools

Dear Friends!

 

It has been a while! and a lot has been happening on our front,i am hoping you are all doing great in your various duty stations or fields of passion.

We are indeed grateful that you still find time to support our work in various ways,our success is only possible through your endless dedication to the vision of Action Network for the Disabled and it is the enabler of the impact we are able to see during our initiative implementation period.

Jane* had just received news from her application with a local company that she had been successful with her interview and offered a job,but little did she know that something was to come in between. Her crutches broke just when about to report to her new posting,she was lost in her own world since she didnt have enough money to buy new ones yet she needed this job like never before.On contacting us,we were able to offer her new crutches enabling her to report to her new job without any hindrace,she was very grateful for this help which was on time. Her story is the story of many who cannot afford the mobility aids when in need.

We are very thankful for your help that enables us to support people like Jane* to regain their mobility and lead independent lives.

Of interest,we have started an inclusive sports project targeting children with disabilities in five primary schools within Nairobi,it has been fun working with these children and witnessing the power of sports as a social change agent breaking barriers that exist between those children without disabilities and their colleagues with disabilities ,we are excited and are ready to continue with this project into the coming year given the benefits realized.

Once in a while when you have time,please check weekly updates  on our facebook to see what we are upto.We thank you for remaining committed to our work and for encouraging your friends and colleagues to support us.

Thank you!

 

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Action Network for the Disabled

Location: Nairobi - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​www.andy.or.ke
Action Network for the Disabled
Fredrick Ouko
Project Leader:
Fredrick Ouko
Founder
Nairobi, Kenya

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