Support Victor to build mobility aids for kids living with disabilities in Kenya
$1,089 will pay for:
A 4 day workshop for Victor, his occupational therapist colleagues and parents to learn how to make mobility aids for kids living with disabilities in Kibera slum.
Kibera slum, Kenya
44 million people live in poverty in Kenya, and people living with disabilities are often the most disadvantaged in society. Exclusion from education and employment is common for people living with disabilities, and those without the money to pay for medical care often have their conditions undiagnosed and untreated, leaving them leading a life of pain and discomfort.
Victor grew up in a rural village in Vihiga county, Kenya and saw several people with disabilities in his community being hidden away and not receiving the medical attention and care they needed. His determination to help, led him to study occupational therapy and pursue a career in giving children with disabilities the care they need to reach their full potential.
For the last three and a half years, Victor has worked as an occupational therapist in Kibera, the largest slum in Africa, which is home to 250,000 people. He offers free treatment to children who are suffering from disabilities.
The children Victor works with do not have access to any wheelchairs, crutches or other mobility devices due to their high cost, and Victor is determined to provide a solution to give them independence. He has found a consultant who trains occupational therapists and parents of children with disabilities to build their own mobility devices from papier mâché and other locally available materials.
With $1089 Victor can organise a 4 day workshop for his colleagues and three parents of children with disabilities to learn how to model special chairs and standing aids for the kids living in Kibera slum.
Following the workshop, Victor and his team will train other parents in the community on their new found skills. Together they will build mobility aids for 72 kids living with disabilities in Kibera, empowering them with increased independence and dignity.