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About 15% of the world’s population have some form of disability (WHO data), in Kenya the mortality rate is 73 out of 1.000 births, and HIV/AIDS is responsible for up to 29.3% of all deaths and 24.2% of all disability in the country. The Program Tei Wa Ngai, was commenced by Maarjan Boorstma, a lay volunteer from Netherlands, with the authority of the late U. Kioko, Bishop of Machakos. In 1997, our sisters started working with Maarjan and in 2001, she handed over the responsibility for the program to the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions. The Project works in collaboration with the AIC CURE Hospital Kijabe, Kikuyu Eye Hospital Kikuyu and National Council for Persons with Disability, the Association for the Physically Disabled in Kenya (A.D.P.K.), and Jaipur and Wheelchairs for Kids (Australia) through Motivation Kenya. The care of clients with Cerebral Palsy or debilitating diseases such as Muscular Dystrophy is an integral part of the Project.
LOCATION: Matuu is a rural market town. The majority of families in the rural areas are subsistent farmers.
To raise the level of awareness in the society that disability is not inability.
To ensure each child has access to appropriate education to meet his/her potential and be able, if it is possible, to be a financially self-supporting member of society.
To access remedial surgery where disability can be corrected – cleft palette, club foot, knock knees, spina bifida etc. and to provide artificial limbs and wheelchairs to enable individuals to achieve mobility and be able to access educational opportunities.
To provide regular Physiotherapy for children with disabilities.
To provide regular treatment for those with Epilepsy.
To provide quality care – basic cleanliness, food and exercise for Children and young adults with Cerebral Palsy and Muscular Dystrophy and those who are severely mentally handicapped.
Fieldwork: visiting villages to get to know new clients, their needs and monitor progress.
Follow up medical cases: health workers assist the parents in registering those with disability and assessing services.
Regular physiotherapy exercises in different villages.
Health workers give a comprehensive report of the visits and action plans for clients each month, e.g. assessment, access to surgery, schooling, financial assistance and income-generating projects.
Health workers accompany parents to take their children for medical attention or education assessment in different places.
The Health Workers identify and facilitate means for those needing aids/ wheelchairs/ artificial limbs.
In collaboration with local leaders, they create awareness on the responsibility of society to care for those with disability.
Approximately 400/500 disabled children and their families.
Funding is required to pay health workers’ and physiotherapists’ salaries, transport for fieldwork, medical and educational support, assist on income-generating projects, provide food and basic health care.