Project information

Disability Outreach in Rural Kenya

We support children with disabilities in rural Kenya. Stigma and lack of resources mean these children often lead lives hidden from the community. They face lives of isolation, malnourishment, and no medical intervention. Our community outreach aims to improve their emotional and physical wellbeing.

January 2018 - December 2018

Charity information: Friends Of Kianjai Kenya

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  • Need


    Set within the challenging conditions of life in a community where drought brings frequent famine, children living with disability also face significant additional problems - isolation, abandonment, acute malnutrition, minimal access to medical services.These factors can lead to a life of extreme poverty and squalor.The loneliness and isolation felt by parents of disabled children is also significant, with many of them losing friends and family support when a child's disability is diagnosed


    Our community outreach comprises of three main projects.- Mother to Mother Playgroups operate from 8 village health centres, they are a place where mothers can meet have access to peer support, and the child receives medical and nutritional support.
    - Disability Awareness Days let families living with disability come together and realize that they are not alone. They empower and reduce stigma.
    -Weekly Mobile Physio Clinics, give parents a home therapy program to maximize outcomes for the child.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve the emotional well being of disabled children and their mothers


    » Mother to Mother Playgroups. Disabled children and their mothers face community stigma and isolation, the playgroups are a unique peer support network
    » Disability Awareness Days.A fun day for disabled children,their families and community leaders. A chance to not be ashamed,be seen and stand together
    » Community Workshops, operating at the play group venues topics such as 'The medical causes of disability' educate that disability is not a curse.

    Increase in numbers attending playgroups. Plus s baseline survey was conducted in 2014 to help develop these projects and will be reissued end 2018.

    Aim 2

    Improve the physical well being of disabled children and their mothers


    » Mother to Mother Playgroups. By bringing children together we provide a venue for a medic and nutritionist to assess and offer medical interventions.
    » Community Workshops. Topics include family health, family planning, first aid, budgeting and causes of disability. They educate on practical aspects.
    » Mobile Physio Clinics. These weekly clinics bring two physios to remote villages to provide mothers with advice on how to support her child
    » Through the Mother to Mother playgroups children with severe malnutrition are identified and enriched porridge is provided for a home feeding program

    Feedback from nutritionist and physio's attending the mobile clinic and playgroups
    Parents attending the mobile clinics for school aged children also complete a feed back form.

  • Impact


    Through providing peer support and education to the mothers we empower them to seek better outcomes for their disabled children. Losing the sense of shame they carry will help them bring the child out into the community. Enrolment at special units will increase, parents will form self help groups,disabled children will not be hidden and community attitudes to disability will slowly shift.
    Improved nutrition will reduce infant deaths. Physio intervention will reduce the number of chronic cases


    Main risk is shortage of funds to continue into 2018.
    We need to explore multiple avenues for funding in UK and Kenya.
    Parents may not be willing to attend playgroups/disability focused activities. -
    We have built up a network of community volunteers who support the parents and encourage them to accept the child and the little support we can offer.
    Mobile physio clinics have been running for 2 years with good success, as have the Disability Awareness Days. Both are regularly reviewed.


    FKK trustees make two visits a year at their own expense, and bring back first hand reports which can be delivered via email or powerpoint. FKK volunteers on the ground in Kenya post regularly on the charity facebook page with updates

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,492

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      Amount Heading Description
      £700 Disability Awareness Day Three days at different locations offering a fun day out for approx 750 families.
      £1,280 Community Workshops Four annual per playgroup across 8 different locations in Meru County
      £2,304 Medic and Physio allowance Monthly visit by a medic and physio to each of the 8 playgroups
      £4,800 Homebound Feeding Program Enriched porridge for children with acute/severe malnutrition across the 8 groups
      £1,872 Mobile Physio Clinic Costs for two physios and a nutritionist to attend one day clinic weekly
      £1,536 Morning tea for mothers/child Annual cost Tea and porridge at each playgroup
  • Background


    The project is based in Tigania West in Meru County Kenya, 180 kms north of Nairobi. The community are peasant farmers relying on rain fed agriculture. With recurring droughts the community faces regular famines, and the disabled children suffer severe malnutrition.
    Within this community disability is seen as something shameful and the result of a curse/sin, as a result family units often break down when a child is diagnosed, with no support from any area many mothers abandon their children.


    The mother will have a peer network for friendship and support ,helping her to overcome the isolation, In addition she will have education to understand that she is not to blame for her childs disability, there are medical reasons. This reduces shame. The feeding program significantly benefits malnourished disabled children reducing infant deaths,their improved condition enabling them to access education. Disability awareness days brings the disability issue into the open and reduces stigma

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    FKK have been working within this community since 2011, offering famine relief, education sponsorship, and outreach projects for the disabled community. FKK UK trustees include two members born in this Kenyan community who have a good understanding of the culture of these villages.This has enabled us to slowly build the trust and support of people on the ground. This includes the trust of teachers, the trust of the health centres,and the trust of the disabled community.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mr Nkanta Mwiti

    Nkanata is a Kenyan Special Needs teacher who coordinates projects for the disabled on behalf of FKK. He coordinates the Disability Days.

    Ms Susan

    Susan is a Special Needs teacher with a special interest in the playgroup project, attending and encouraging health workers and other teachers.

    8 Health Centre Workers, One At Each Playgroup

    These staff have received training from FKK to support the child/ mothers, their encouragement and practical support will ensure the groups thrive