Special Needs Care
“Disability is not Inability” these are words of encouragement for those who perceive that people with physical challenges are helpless and cannot do what others do without the challenges. Disabled people were objects of charity or asylum and subjected to patronising attitudes based on the non-disabled person’s view of them as not fully human or as incapable of living ordinary lives. It was believed that disabled people brought bad luck because they had been cursed or had had a spell placed upon them by witchcraft. They were often viewed as not fully human or possessed by evil spirits.
Due to lack of support and education around disability awareness in Kenya, many disabled children and adults are hidden from public view by their families. There are increasing numbers of children born with either mental or physical disabilities that are living in poverty and cannot afford to fend for themselves or access any kind of support.
Volunteers on the Special Needs Care project assist with providing daily hands-on support and disability education among families and local communities. Volunteer tasks include assisting with physiotherapy and rehabilitation for the children or adults, and providing training for the family and supporting community. Volunteers on this project do not need to have previous experience or training in special needs care, as they will be working closely alongside local staff.