Uganda NGO: S5914/11444 Reg 11031 - England and Wales: Charity 1164706

About Kyaninga Child Development Centre

Based in Fort Portal, in the Kabarole District of western Uganda, KCDC was established to provide much needed high quality, specialised and affordable assessment, treatment, education and support to children with disabilities, and their families and carers, to enable them to lead more independent lives.


We provide occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech language therapy assessment and rehabilitation to children aged 0-16, in order to help them to meet their developmental goals.  We work to ensure the children achieve their optimum potential, that maximal function is achieved and the effect of disability minimised, so that they may overcome many of the barriers that they and their families face.


Looking after children with disabilities or children with special needs places huge burdens on families and carers.  KCDC also provides training, education and support to families, carers and communities in the care of children and young adults with special needs.


KCDC also serves as a focal point for information, advocacy and networking for familes and communities in the area, providing relevant information to empower the community to make informed decisions about their health. In addition, we lobby and advocate for fair policies and laws that affect the daily life of the disabled community through research, networking and strategic alliance building.


KCDC offers a unique intervention in children with disabilities’ lives through a holistic approach that aims at “helping all children reach their full life potential”. Our strategies are research and rights based, in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Charter of 2006 to which Uganda is a signed up and ratified member country. Our mission follows closely the country ‘s Vision 2040 theme that aims at bringing all Ugandans above the poverty line by 2040. We believe that our interventions now will play a significant part in making both the UN and Ugandan goals bear desired fruits in future.


Our Achievements



From January 2015 to March 2018 we have:


Treated 917 children with a wide range of disabilities





Receive and average of 48 new referrals each month





Provide an average of 375 therapy sessions to 284 children with disabilities per month





Provide 16 outreach clinics at local health centres each month





Work regularly in 7 schools, with 107 students





Provided more than 350 pieces of specialist adaptive equipment





Provided training to more than 225 healthcare workers and students, teachers and community workers





Enrolled 33 children in sign language classes




Host and annual inclusive sports and family fun day in November and an end of year community party in December





Equality for children with disabilities




Create equal opportunities for children with disabilities in Uganda




Provision of specialist therapy services


Promote awareness and education of disability amongst community members


Give technical training to caregivers


Integrate suitable social enterprises into the fabric of KCDC to economically empower participating families


Core Values:


Development through Play – We are all on the same playing field


Child Focused – It’s all about the kids


Transparent – We do what we said we would do


Empathy – We have understanding of family challenges


Inclusive – We respect everyone and do not discriminate


Efficiency – Things get done by doing them


Positivity – Always look on the bright side of life