Newsletter Volume 2

By Doors of Hope, May 13, 2020

The year started off well with great expectations of expansion and strides. This was disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic which saw schools universities and institutions closed. In response to the pandemic, we have put several strategies in place to help our children and caregivers. Nevertheless, we have not diverted from our course of Bring Hope to the Hopeless.

Our main goals are

  • Train special needs learners in life skills and curriculum-based learning
  • Rehabilitate by offering occupational therapy to children and persons living with cerebral palsy
  • Enhance dignity by supporting pyscho-social-economic livelihood programs for caregivers mainly parents of the children living with a disability.

What we are doing

We provide organized programs in:

Education: This program aims to provide basic training on life skills and
occupational therapy through special needs experts who offer these services. A daycare center that offers rehabilitative therapy that is Occupational Therapy, speech therapy, and physiotherapy. As we have noted in the CP cases we have in our database, these children and adults can be taught on reading and writing as well as hands-on skills such as drawing, crafts making, and beading.

Psycho-social economic empowerment: Doors of Hope has managed to organize the 164 households in various self-help groups depending on the environs they are staying within Mavoko sub-county.

The self help groups comprise of parents of the children living with disabilities. We have facilitated for the registration of the groups with the ministry of Labour and social services.

The women groups engage in economic activities that enable them to raise some earning for the families.

Achievements and milestones/testimonies

Where we started:
The organization started with a group of twelve mothers who have children living with a disability. It was more of a support group with the women coming to the center for psychosocial and pastoral counseling. In these sessions, the women shared their stories of rejection by society, rejection by their husbands, and living with a child yet not employed. They expressed their experiences of living as a single mother and having to fend for the families. In Africa children born with a disability are deemed to be cursed or bewitched and various myths surround the families/society. This became a place of refuge for most of them who would look forward to Fridays to meet and share their experiences.

Success stories
We have had several success stories and a lot of happy parents. There have been 5 children who have joined mainstream schooling.
“mtoto wangu anatembea sasa, nashukuru Mungu” a happy parent says

Future plans

  1. Refurbish our temporal structures to permanent structures.
  2. Expand the therapy department to cater for more patients