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Project information

Accessible play space for disabled Kenyan children

Vision Africa supports two specialist schools for children with disabilities in rural Kenya.

Kirunguru school is on a steep site across multiple levels. Our project is to make the school accessible and create a safe play space for all the children, including wheelchair users, to enjoy freely.

January 2019 - June 2019

Charity information: Vision Africa

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  • Need


    Disabled children in Kenya are among the most marginalised group in society. The vast majority don't attend school and are kept at home, hidden from public view. Vision Africa has supported the establishment of two specialist schools for children with complex disabilities in rural Kenya.

    One of the schools, Kirunguru Special School, is on a steep, sloping site and is across multiple levels meaning it is inaccessible to the children with limited mobility, or those in wheelchairs.


    Following consultation with the children and their teachers and parents, we plan to landscape the play ground/garden area at the school to make it a safe and accessible space for all the children to freely enjoy. We also plan to include some accessible play equipment for the children to encourage imaginative play.

    We will make improvements to the overall accessibility of the school itself, adding wheelchair ramps and hand bars to allow the children to freely and safely move around the school.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide a safe and accessible space for all children at Kirunguru Special School to enjoy freely


    » Landscaping of the current playground/garden area at Kirunguru School.
    » Instalment of accessible play equiptment.

    What success will look like

    Before and after photos and videos of the site itself.

    Interviews with teachers and students regarding improvements made.

    Aim 2

    Improve the overall accessibility at Kirunguru Specialist School.


    » Instalment of wheelchair ramps and other necessary equiptment to make the site accessible.

    What success will look like

    Before and after photos and videos of the site itself.

    Interviews with teachers and students regarding improvements made.

  • Impact


    Children at Kirunguru School will be able to move freely around the school site without assistance, increasing their sense of independence.

    Children will spend more time outdoors, increasing their overall wellbeing.

    Children will spend more time playing together, developing their social skills and imaginative play abilities.


    We will seek advice from partners who are experts in safe accessible play spaces for disabled children to protect against any risks associated with inappropriate equiptment etc.


    We will provide termly (three times a year) report of our activities at Kirunguru Specialist School including personal stories of students and graduates from the school. There will be links to videos and blogs which will provide more in depth detail.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,000 Landscaping Landscaping of the sloped site
      £1,000 Equiptment Accessible play equiptment
  • Background


    Kirunguru Special School is in Muranga County of Kenya. A rural area North East of Nairobi.


    Current and future children with complex physical, emotional and learning disabilities at Kirunguru Special School in Muranga County, rural Kenya.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Vision Africa has supported young people in Kenya since it was founded in 2001. Our experience, innovative outlook and local knowledge enable us to help to the most disadvantaged young people in the community.

    We are well known to the communities we work with and have a unique understanding of the challenges facing families of disabled children.

    “In the donor field for special needs Vision Africa is the biggest supporter in the district” (Representative of the District Education Office)

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mary Mwangi

    Mary is our Programmes Manager at Vision Africa Kenya, she oversees the success of all our projects in Kenya.

    Sherry Waweru

    Sherry is our Impact Assessment Officer, she is responsible for gathering impact data and case studies to demonstrate the impact of our projects.

    Vic Hancock Fell

    Vic is our UK Director and oversees all of our work including project management oversight in Kenya and maintaining donor relationships in the UK.