Exciting New Project in Kenya
Announcing a new year-long project to be implemented by ACACIA UK’s new partner KAIH (The Kenya Association for the Intellectually Handicapped). KAIH works directly with children in their communities and has a strong focus on social inclusion, empowerment and self-advocacy.
The project will send out multidisciplinary teams in Thika and Nairobi to support 200 girls and boys with developmental disabilities and their families. An occupational therapist will train families on basic skills so they can maintain support to their children as well as offering therapy for the children. An educationalist will assess the children and work with nearby schools to provide placements. Parent advisers, who are themselves parents of young people with developmental disabilities, will offer peer support and link the families to their nearest parent support group where parents offer each other practical and emotional support, learn about their rights and their children’s rights and are linked to services in their localities.
Also, awareness forums will be held with local schools, hospitals and leaders reaching 40 teachers, 40 health personnel and 60 community leaders to educate them on these forms of disability and look at how to improve provision for children.
We are looking forward to great results for children in Nairobi and Thika!