What we do
ACACIA UK’s vision is that every child in Africa enjoys a high quality education that embraces their differing abilities. This is achieved by lifting barriers to education for girls and boys in East Africa to enable them to reach their full potential.
Through targeted small scale grant making ACACIA UK supports projects in Sub-Saharan Africa that reach out to children and young people who have been left without an education. In particular ACACIA UK supports children excluded from education owing to developmental disability or mental health issues. We work in collaboration with children, their families and their local communities to achieve a positive and lasting impact.
Supporting children through school
Through our field consultant in Kenya, ACACIA UK support a number of street children and children with disabilities to attend school in Thika. Since the partnership with Rafiki Thabo Foundation, we have more than doubled the number of children we are supporting in this way and have also expanded the programme to include scholars with disabilities in Uganda. Read more about one of these new scholars here.
We also work with three partner organisations in Kenya.
AIC Kajiado work with rural Maasai communities in which children with developmental disabilities are highly marginalised, frequently viewed as a burden and kept hidden away. In 2019, with our support, AIC Kajiado completed a ‘Women’s Empowerment Project’ through which 56 Maasai women were socially and economically empowered in Kajiado County, Kenya. 58 of their children (with disabilities) benefited directly and 171 of their children (without disabilities) also benefited indirectly. We are now seeking funding for AIC Kajiado to scale up the project – drawing on the learning from the first project – to a further 800 Maasai women. We have already secured more than half the funding required so are optimistic that this new project will start soon.
Autism Society of Kenya
ASK works to create awareness of the existence of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Kenya and its management procedures. Among other things, ASK builds the capacity of parents/ guardians and siblings of children with autism to manage the condition, initiates programmes for children with autism and lobbies the government for appropriate policies and legislation in order to de-stigmatise autism in Kenya. We funded ASK to carry out a needs assessment for specialist autism support units in primary schools in Muranga County, Kenya, to ensure that children with autism receive an appropriate education to their needs. The assessment found that seven units should be established and these units would enable 280 children with autism to receive an appropriate education. We are now working with ASK to seek grant funding from trusts and foundations for the project.