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Vision of the Blind

Livelihoods for children with severe disability

100 parents and caregivers acquire knowledge, skills and stock support to run businesses to provide dignified lives for children with severe disabilities.
  • Local solution

    100 parents and caregivers of children with severe disability will be taken through in depth guidance and counselling on how to live well with disability in order to counter cultural misconceptions. They will also go through a comprehensive entrepreneurial and business training and 60 recipients given business stock to start sustainable businesses to support their children with basic necessities.

    Persons with Disabilities’ opportunity to thrive is often limited by the local communities failing to understand their plight. Disability is often viewed in line with charity as opposed to human rights provision. Children with Severe Disabilities are not able to do anything independently hence completely rely on their parents or caregivers who are mostly jobless. The parents/caregivers can hardly sustain a job because their children

    Require constant attention and close supervision. As a result, they can hardly put food on the table or afford private health insurance cover to guarantee the health of their children who need special medical care, upkeep and day-care of such children

    Alongside the physiotherapy sessions and attached transport expenses; often, these are single mothers divorced or deserted due to cultural perceptions and misconceptions on having disabled children.

    Through the project, Vision of the Blind (Kenya) envisions economically independent parents and caregivers of children with severe disability. With the training and stock support, they will establish self-sufficient businesses and reduce overdependence on handouts. In the fullness of time, they have the business acumen and sustainable income to provide special diet to the children and cater for their special medical costs.

    This way, we safeguard the well-being of parents and care-givers of

    Children with severe Disabilities who have been excluded from the provisions of person with disabilities laws.

    Lives improved

    100 recipients gain self-esteem and self-confidence from the guidance and counselling and mentorship sessions. Through the business skills training, they are confident to start and run sustainable businesses. In one year, 60 parents and caregivers will have sufficient income to cater for the needs of their severely disabled children. This is expected to improve self-reliance by, parents and caregivers of children with severe Disabilities by at least 40 percent. The children can have food at the table, better medical care and constant care and monitoring from their guardians whose business stalls are closer home.

    300 family members will benefit from the increased income. They have basic needs and can afford decent living leading independent lives.  

    Community impact

    40 recipients (TOT’s) will be tasked with training 10 other recipients who in most cases are expected to be in registered self-help groups. This means 400 indirect people have increased cultural awareness on disability which is expected to improve the inclusion of disabled persons in socioeconomic activities by 10% in the empowered community. Additionally, the community benefits from the TOT’s entrepreneurial skills in different crafts from which theey can earn income. These engagements allow an inclusive environment for the PWDs restoring their hope.

    Budget

    The budget for the following activities is KES 1,386,756 or € 11357. The donations will be channelled to:

    • Identification and training needs assessment activities for 100 recipients.
    • Training expenses which include stationeries, training equipment for disabled participants including but not limited to; Braille papers, special writing materials and production of large print materials and paraphernalia for TOT’s.
    • Guidance & counselling and training & mentorship sessions inclusive of training of Trainers activities to replicate the mentorship and business skills.
    • Purchase of business stock and acquisition of stalls/joints for 60 parents/ caregivers for children with severe disability.
    • 5% to iMPACT direct for facilitating direct donations to local solutions (which helps to cover costs of the website, promotion and proposal writing, costs if financial services and the support to NGOs)

    Own Contribution

    Vision of the Blind’s competet staff will be engaged in monitoring and evaluation of the project to leverage on their expertise. We will also strive to cater for training venues and also task volunteers and interns to assist in performing any tasks that will witness funds deficit or depletion.

Testimonials

  • Janet Wakio Mwaliwa a mother of four children, three of whom are children with Severe Disabilities, was jobless but the three Disabled children were luckily enrolled for the monthly cash transfer of 15.5 euros per child by the Kenya government; which unfortunately had never been remitted. After lengthy job hunting, Janet was employed as a house-maid. Unfortunately, she couldn’t work a whole day due to emerging challenges that her children with severe Disabilities were faced with and needed regular attention. She was dismissed from the job since she used to request for break interludes to attend to the children. Further she was frustrated when one organization that used to mobilize support from corporates to buy diapers for needy care-givers closed its office and relocated to an unknown location and the children often required medical attention. Unable to cope with the situation, Janet mobilized resources from family friends to start her own small business which did not survive due to her inability to pay for the business premises’ rent and local government permit thus forcing her to close down. Janet attended one of our community sensitizations events and went through guiding and counselling. We requested the local authorities to issue her with single permit waivers on humanitarian grounds since according to the Kenya law, parents and care-givers of children with Disabilities were not qualified to access the waiver. Fortunately, we secured business stalls/points which were located near her rental house in order for her to run the business and attend to her children with special needs whenever required. As it stands, Janet is currently coping with her small business as she looks forward to more support to grow the business since it is being drained by the daily needs of her severely Disabled children among other family expenses.

    Janet Wakio Mwaliwa

    Project Details

    • Project
      Livelihoods for children with severe disability
    • NGO
      Vision of the Blind
    • Location
      Kenya
    • Sustainable Development Goals
    • No Poverty
    • Start date
      October 1, 2022
    • End date
      September 30, 2023

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    Vision of the Blind

    Vision of the Blind is one of a kind in the coastal region, as there is no other rehabilitation centre or programme targeting Visually Impaired Persons. We advocate for relevant responsive programmes to promote the socioeconomic independence of Persons with Disabilities, nurturing their potentials and strive to counter barriers that inhibit their real, gainful, and meaningful inclusion. Vision of the Blind collaborates with the National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD) which is a semi-autonomous government agency.

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