We have two rehabilitation centres – one in Kenya and one in India. Here, our 31 trained members of staff give 60 children with mobility disabilities the best possible chance in life and the opportunity to interact with other children their age.
Many of the children at our centres are bright and competent but because of their disability have been unable to attend school. They receive a structured, comprehensive education catered to their needs and abilities, which has so far meant that nine children are now attending mainstream school.
We offer parents and carers education on how to help their children with simple activities, communicate with and better understand their child, carry out simple therapy exercises, and keep their child healthy. They are also offered counselling and advice on what they are entitled to from the government.
Our outreach officers travel to surrounding communities every day, where they identify people in need of our help, work with families of people with disabilities to build trust and increase understanding, and modify people’s homes to make them more accessible. They also educate communities, to reduce, and eventually eliminate, the disgraceful stigma that is attached to disability.
Children at Walkabout Rehabilitation Centres receive specialised physical and occupational therapy every day. The effects of this have been astounding; every child has made physical progress, from those who were unable to sit independently gaining muscle strength and control, to those who have learned to walk for the first time.