The 2018 World Cerebral Palsy day walk

By Doors of Hope, October 17, 2018

The 2018 World Cerebral Palsy day walk this year was organized by Doors of Hope with the following objectives
• Creating awareness and raise funds to build additional classrooms for the children affected by cerebral palsy.
• Creation and enhancement of awareness among parents and the general public about Cerebral Palsy.
One of Doors of Hope mission is inclusion of all in the society and thus our theme for this year was “LEAVE NO CHILD BEHIND” and “ABOVE AND BEYOND”.
The organization advocates for the inclusion of all members of the society in formal education and employment. This year’s walk had participants from 15 schools and 100 hundred adults.
t-shirts were being sold for Kshs 1000 for adults and 800 for children, other items for sale included wristbands.
This community-based rehabilitation project is run by Doors of Hope a non-government organisation (NGO) based in Mavoko subcounty in Kenya. Doors of Hope is one of the leading non-government organizations in the field of disability and inclusion in the region.
The focus ofDoors of Hope’s Project LUA is the creation of barrier free environments to accessing schools for children with disabilities such as cerebral palsy.
Operating in four ward across the Machakos county Kenya, the project aims to address the low school attendance of children with disabilities, and overcome attitudinal problems towards children with a disability.
These problems result in a lack of support for families, and in the educational and therapeutic needs of children with cerebral palsy going unmet.

The plan
The project relies on the identification of children with disabilities, with a focus on children with cerebral palsy.
Training programs have also been run for teachers on inclusive education and classroom management. Sessions were tailored for parents on their child’s right to inclusive education, as well as teaching home management strategies.
Discussion and consultation occurred with decision makers and other key members of the community regarding the rights of children with disability (particularly cerebral palsy) in terms of health, education and rehabilitation.

Key achievements
The project team estimates that to date, approximately 50 children with cerebral palsy have directly benefited from being involved in this project.
School attendance for these children has improved and their parents, teachers are more actively supporting them in terms of education and rehabilitation.