Our project for Disabled Persons is a registered, Community-based organization that works for both young children and adults with disabilities, who are still living with their families, to help them access services that would enable them to improve the quality standard of their lives. Additionally the project aims to promote awareness of quality among people with disabilities and others in the community. It was founded in September, 2011 and is run by a parent of children with disabilities in Rusinga Island, Mbita Sub-County in Homa Bay County- Kenya and such volunteers from Canada, Finland, Egypt, UK, Germany, USA, Australia, France and Netherlands. Project still flexible for more volunteers who can willing.
The project is still in its infancy and is in need of external support.
During the past 8 years, We have noticed that the condition of disabled people is still very poor in Rusinga Island. There is still a stigma attached to disability leading to a lack of rights for disabled people. which doesn't allow disabled people the same rights as others. There are several children with cerebral palsy who have never seen a physiotherapist.
We have conducted research on 56 families of children with disabilities and have become aware that these families need support, more knowledge and therapy for their children. They also need a place to meet to share their experiences and offer peer support. Our long-term project goal is to build a rehabilitation centre in Rusinga West where these services can be provided.
The plot for the centre will be provided by the project founders.
The project supports the local community initiatives as well as disabled persons in Rusinga Island. Our main objectives are to try to break a stigma which is still there, developing rights and services of the disabled persons. Our project will need especially physiotherapist, occupational therapist and speech training therapist. But any kind of skills or experience about disabilities, medical assistance, computer skills, fundraising support, etc. would be useful.
Aim is to encourage foreign students in areas of occupational therapist, orthopedic, physiotherapist and every one who is willing to join us, for the less fortunate life of the disabled persons.
Help with Computers / internet
Workawayers will be living with my family on Rusinga Island. They will have the opportunity to eat local food and learn the local language of Vernacular. They will learn about the environment and what it is like to live on Lake Victoria.
Also, health professionals will also have the opportunity to put their skills into practice when visiting the children to potentially further develop their clinical skills.
- There is need to help build project website for publicity to reach the Global audience.
-Helping about fundraising
-To visit the physically challenged children within their different homes , offer counseling as well as assessment for each family with a disabled child, (teaching, encouragement for parents of disabled children to fulfill life like other people. unfortunately we doesn't have any means of transportation around the Island, the client are around all corners of Rusinga Island meeting them easily is that we must hire the motorbike to do home visits. Project still flexible for more volunteers who can willing.
The project asks volunteers in construction/ marketing and allied health (physiotherapist/occupational therapist/ doctor, orthopedic doctor, speech pathologist) to use motor bike to access people with disabilities in the community to provide much needed therapy to them. As Rusinga is also a very large island, there may be low costs to rent a motorcycle to meet these people. We Welcome every Skills and interesting people.
English, Luo and Kiswahili
We do provide an African home-stay accommodation. You will share a house with my family but you have your own room. Also meals are included. But we charge only 5 Euro per day
Disability is with us. It is not curse or bad omen. Parents and guardians have kept their disabled children in their homes in seclusion as if there is no hope for them. Our initiative is to launch a campaign to sensitize the community with one message: Disability is not Inability. The clarion call is let us give them a chance. every child has a dream. We want to help them live it.
There is still a stigma attached to disability leading to a lack of rights for disabled people. In the last six years we have carried out research on disabled children and their families.
These families need a place to meet. There is only one physiotherapist and one occupation therapist and no speech training therapist for 30,000 people on Rusinga Island and the surrounding area.
Our project objective is to build a rehabilitation centre in Rusinga west where these services can be provided and the physiotherapist can visit many disabled children in one visit.
More than two
3 hours a day, 2 days off
In developing countries (Where most hosts are involved in charity work or community development) some of our hosts may ask for a small donation to help the host family or charity (often less then 5 dollars per day) Workaway will allow this listing when the donation goes directly to the family or charity and is just to cover the cost of the volunteer‘s stay. (This will be clearly marked on the host listing).
We will strictly not allow listings posted by agents, “middle men” or projects who we feel are looking to profit from a volunteers stay.