Life in rural Kenya is frequently hard regardless of whether you are disabled or able bodied. The majority are peasant farmers and with recurring droughts and subsequent famines many families struggle to feed children, and many children drop from school due to lack of fees. But set within these already challenging conditions, children living with disability also frequently face isolation, abandonment, acute malnutrition, minimal access to medical services, and in many cases are living in extreme poverty and squalor. For the last five years Friends of Kianjai Kenya (FKK) have been working alongside Special Needs teachers and health professionals across Tigania West to improve outcomes for these children. During this time we have become aware of many Special Needs children living without dignity and in pain and discomfort.
Children such as Martin, who with Cerebral Palsy and very limited mobility lies in the dirt for hours at a time as he has no assisted aids, and his mother has received no education on how to help him.
Children such as Daniel, who is left alone for hours at a time whilst his mother seeks work that can feed him. Age 8 he attended an FKK mobile physio and we found him to have severe malnutrition. He was admitted to hospital for urgent treatment and is now at home receiving enriched porridge through our home bound feeding program.
In many cases we have found mothers and grandmothers who are doing their best to support children with limited understanding of their disability, and with extremely limited resources. But when given some small measure of support these carer’s are hardworking and determined to do their best for the child. We want to acknowledge the immense challenge these carer’s face and to provide them with practical and emotional support to make life better for these children and their families.
Eudias who was born with Cerebral Palsy, with her mother and sister , together with Cyprian an FKK Community Volunteer. She is able to lie on her front and play with toys due to the APT wedge made by FKK volunteers at the Rehema Centre.
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