Provision of specialist therapy services, including physio, occupational, speech and orthopaedic therapy and special education.
Kyaninga Child Development Centre was founded by Steve and Asha Williams in response to their own personal search for help and support for their son Sidney. Together with physiotherapist Fiona Beckerlegge, they created a center to provide much needed high quality specialised and affordable assessment, treatment, education and support to children with disabilities, their families and carers, to enable them to lead more fulfilling and independent lives.
‘Unlike other NGOs, KCDC is known for their impact by all at the grassroots level despite not looking big and having fancy buildings and cars.’ – Charles Remo Joseph, Speech Therapist
Street Business School has empowered me socially. I now feel confident because I have a business. I feel important in the community just like other women because I have a business that can help me support myself and my family. Community members can recognize us now.
The project has brought light. The light it has brought is that no one used to care about children with disabilities, no attention was given, no guidelines existed. The project has changed that; the HCW training, the information posters and having a clear referral system. It has been positive for the district. It has made the HCW work easier and they have gained confidence as they have been empowered by KCDC… The project has also put a smile on the face of the mothers with children with disabilities, I know that for sure. They were hopeless, our health care system didn’t respond to their needs. This project has given them access to appropriate services.
We had a lot of fear and used to think they were “wasted” children but meeting other mothers has taught us a lot. Fellow mothers give us hope that our children will improve, and this kept us strong.
Mothers never knew exercises were magical. It was not easy to convince them to just do exercises but with repetitive explanation, they got convinced and at least each child has achieved a milestone and we have not experienced any child that is still as they came.
Some people used to tell me that those exercises would never help but we continued doing them and my son now goes to school. I feel happy and relieved because I now have time to do other things. I had given up on work but because he improved, I can now work even other mothers are now able to do the same. They can attend to their children while doing other things.
Mothers used to neglect their children and never wanted to communicate. They dint know that even crying was part of communication and they would just beat them but now, that has improved and the children have now bonded with their parents and they have they needs attended to.