This is the newsletter from AIC Kajiado Child Care Center. It is an oasis for disabled children.

Doug Kerr

May – August 2017
Volume 8, Issue 2/2017

AIC KAJIADO CHILD CARE CENTRE

MAY – AUGUST 2017 NEWSLETTER

Welcome to our latest newsletter, the 2nd this year, which we hope will help to keep you updated on our latest news and provide you with insight of our work here at Kajiado, Kenya.  We hope that you will enjoy the issue and find it to be appropriately informative.

We hope you have been enjoying the months this year, with plenty to do and thanking God for His goodness.

Here at AIC Kajiado Child Care Centre, we’ve certainly enjoyed the most of it: we have come to the end of an exciting term full of different activities.

We look forward for the response of our readers. We request you to kindly drop your suggestions and advices for the same.

Truly, we could not do this without you. We, and those we serve, sincerely appreciate your generosity.

God bless you.

Quote:

Hold my hand and walk with me.

 We must break the back of social inequity;

 We must empower every individual with a disability

 To live with dignity in an inclusive society.

 William E. Lightbourne

BENEFITS OF INCLUSIVE EDUCATION – TOGETHER WE LEARN BETTER

Around the world, children are excluded from schools where they belong because of disability, race, language, religion, gender, and poverty. But every child has the right to be supported by their parents and community to grow, learn, and develop in the early years, and, upon reaching school age, to go to school and be welcomed and included by teachers and peers alike. When all children, regardless of their differences, are educated together, everyone benefits—this is the cornerstone of inclusive education.

AIC Kajiado Child Care Centre in cooperation with the neighboring government schools that is AIC Girls Boarding Primary School and Olkejuado Boys Boarding Primary School, adapt an inclusive education setting whereby children with and without disabilities learn in the same school environment.

Inclusive systems provide a better quality education for all children and are instrumental in changing discriminating attitudes. Schools provide the context for a child’s first relationship with the world outside their families, enabling the development of social relationships and interactions. Respect and understanding grow when students of diverse abilities and backgrounds play, socialize, and learn together.

Education that excludes and segregates perpetuates discrimination against traditionally marginalized groups. When education is more inclusive, so are concepts of civic participation, employment and community life.

This is how the AIC Kajiado Child Care Centre strives to make inclusive education a reality:

  • empowers parents to assert their children’s right to education in inclusive settings
  • enables the entire community including mainstream and special educators, social workers, parents, and students to work together and participate in the design, delivery, and monitoring of education, thereby reframing inclusive education as a shared responsibility
  • advocate for the recognition of children’s legal rights
  • built special accessible washrooms for children with disability in the two schools
  • ensured that all buildings have ramps for easy mobility for students

ON-GOING PROJECTS

GUEST HOUSE

Funded by Lift Up Africa, it is almost complete and we are excited when it’ll be fully operational. The guesthouse project is envisaged to house visiting doctors and medical officers from across the world as may be sent from time to time to the Centre by various partners in line with the needs of the Centre. The visitors shall be expected to provide support rehabilitation services and/or specialized medical/orthopedic services to needy children with disabilities coming through the Centre.

 

MOBILITY SKILLS TRAINING STRUCTURE

Set to be fully operational by September, the structure was funded by Motivation the same partners whom we partnered in issuing wheelchairs for children and adults with mobility challenge in Kajiado County. The structure will enable wheelchair users to be trained on how to use wheelchairs in different terrains. It has steps, stairs, rough rocky surface, stairs and ramps.

 

STORY OF THE TERM

TIPAPE SANKAIRE

Tipape is a boy aged 7; he first came to our institution in 2015. Just like other parents who come to us, his parents were worried and concerned with the size of their boy, they had questions which cannot be answered by friends, family members and society in whole. The child seems younger that his actual age.

After a session of consultation at our physiotherapy facility, the parents were informed that their beloved son was having a condition called dwarfism. This is a medical or genetic condition that causes someone to be considerably shorter than an average-sized person.

The parents just wanted a place where their child can be accepted and enroll to school. Initially, Tipape used to attend the local area school but he dropped out because he couldn’t catch up with others covering the 7 kilometers distance to and from school.

Tipape was right away admitted and the following day began going to school. At first he was shy and could hide behind buildings and other structures for him not to be seen, and when there are visitors, he would stay indoors and won’t play with other children. With time, after realizing he wasn’t the only one different, some were on wheelchairs, calipers and crutches, Tipape gained courage and self esteem. Right now, he is among the most playful and active children at the Centre. This year Tipape is completing pre primary school and he is looking forward to join Class One in January 2018.

Here are some facts that other people may not realize about dwarfism and those who have it.

Dwarfism:

  • Characterized by short stature. Technically, that means an adult height of 4 feet 10 inches or under
  • Can be caused by any one of more than 300 conditions, most of which are genetic. The most common type is called achondroplasia.
  • Can and most often does happen in families where both parents are of average height. In fact, 4 out of 5 of children with achondroplasia are born to average-size parents.

Dwarfism isn’t:

  • An intellectual disability. A person who has dwarfism is typically of normal intelligence.
  • A disease that requires a “cure.” Most people with one of these conditions live long, fulfilling lives.
  • A reason to assume someone is incapable. Little people go to school, go to work, drive cars, marry, and raise children, just like their average-size peers.

 

 Ready for school

Posing for a photo in a unique way

Tipape playing with other children

THANKSGIVING:

  • Thank God for protection over the term
  • Thank God for all our partners, donors and friends who work tirelessly to support our work
  • Thank God for enabling us begin new term which is the last one this year
  • Thank God for good health of all patients who underwent corrective surgeries
  • Thank God for the Child Care Centre staff who continue to work hard and support children with disability
  • Thank God for students who are doing well in studies in various secondary schools, colleges and vocational centers across the country

PRAYER REQUESTS:

Pray for rain, it’s been months of dry spell and it is affecting the parents in terms of income generation

  • Pray for Tariton as he prepares to sit for primary national exams in November 2017
  • Pray for the provision of all our needs
  • Pray for Kampi Ya Samaki Child Care Centre, under the new liaison officer for smooth running of the facility

Get in touch:

Face book: AIC Kajiado Child Care Centre

Email: info@aickchildcare.org

Phone: +254 722 812 648