Kuhenza for the Children’s Foundation is a non-profit organization that exists to meet the needs of children living with disabilities in Kilifi County along the Coast of Kenya. Ultimately, the goal is that these children along with their families and communities understand that they have value and are deserving of love and acceptance.
Kuhenza meets this vision through advocacy, sponsorship of school fees, medical intervention and construction of special needs facilities.
Kuhenza serves children with Cerebral Palsy, Hearing impairments, intellectual challenges, Visual Impairments, Motor impairments, Down syndrome, Autism, Epilepsy and Spina bifida and other disabilities. Majority of the people in this County still view these children as being cursed by God or bewitched and hold negative attitudes towards these children.
Incorrect beliefs about the causes of and treatments for disability are often a larger obstacle for children with disabilities than physical barriers. Kuhenza removes stigmas related to disability by educating leaders and communities through training workshops, large-scale public events, family counselling sessions, and our community resource center.
Consistent access to high-quality education gives children with disabilities life and career choices that otherwise would not be available to them. Kuhenza supports this goal by providing special education teachers, school supplies, teacher trainings, construction of school facilities, and boarding school fees.
Many parents and caregivers of children with disabilities are unable to afford the medical care these children need. In response, Kuhenza provides funding, referrals and transportation to help children access medical services such as physical therapy, doctor visits, surgeries, medication, nutritional support, and equipment like wheel chairs and hearing aids.
10-year-old Stephen was paralyzed from the waist down when he fell from a coconut tree. His community told him he was cursed and would never accomplish anything.
Because his parents were too poor to pay for his care, Kuhenza provided Stephen with a wheelchair, medical care, schooling and counseling. With this support, Stephen excelled in school and received a scholarship to University, where he is now majoring in special needs education to improve the lives of others like him.
“MY ACHIEVEMENTS . . . HAVE CHANGED NEGATIVE COMMUNITY ATTITUDES TOWARDS PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND MY SELF ESTEEM IS NOW HIGH SINCE I BELIEVE I CAN DO ANYTHING THAT CAN BE DONE BY ANY OTHER PERSON.”
— Stephen Karisa