10031 - SONGA MBELE NA MASOMO

Raised: KES 520.00 Goal: KES 6,000,000.00 completed

10031 - SONGA MBELE NA MASOMO

Songa Mbele na Masomo (Moving ahead with education) is the only centre of its kind in the Mukuru Slums. An initiative of the Sisters of Mercy, the Centre has been operational since 2010. The centre endeavours to address the needs of children living with disabilities in the Mukuru Villages aged between 4 years and 13 years. Mukuru is currently the second largest slum in Nairobi consisting of over 20 villages with approximately 700,000 dwellers. With huge numbers like that it is an understatement to say that there are a lack of services for the disabled.

Education is the key that can unlock many situations for people with disabilities and is an important necessity to improve the quality of life for those who live in poverty. In the slums we frequently see scores of young children not attending school for a variety of reasons. Our coaching unit attempts to reintegrate these children back into a formal school. It provides them with small group and one on one tuition to ensure that when they return to formal schools that they will not be disadvantaged.

Services include:

1) diverse educational learning to different levels of disability

2) nutritional balanced meals twice daily through the 'Feeding Program'

3) hygiene program to reduce complications from poor hygiene.

4) medical support and assistance to improve the health and well-being of the disabled children.

For parents there are many challenges living with a disabled child however the issues are accentuated when living in poverty with its many complicated social and cultural dimensions. For example, the stigma that needs to be endured by parents or a single parent in Kenya, creates further disadvantage and isolation for the child. Songa Mbele na Masomo through its presence and programs is trying to alleviate some of these challenges.

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