Inspired by Safaricom’s #NdotoZetu campaign, we’ve decided that for the next few weeks we’re going to be sharing lots of stories of people impacting communities and ways for YOU to do the same.
We’ve all heard that expression “Sharing is caring”. Last week, we got to see an amazing example of that in action.
Our parent organisation, Tin Roof Foundation, is working with a corporate client to help them with their CSR. This involves finding ways to impact the local communities in which they work. For the past week, they have been hosting training sessions in interior parts of Nakuru to train teachers on understanding children with special needs and a few activities which can be used for teaching them. The facilitators are two retired headteachers from Special Needs Schools in the UK who have over 50 years of experience between them and want to share this with other teachers in order to improve the lives of children with special needs in Kenya.
The training has been a great success as the teachers have learned so much during the sessions…..but there’s more than that.
The second set of workshops were held in a school in Eburru. The Administrator of the school SHARED with a local high school teacher that there were two experts in Special Educational Needs working in the community for a couple of days. The high school teacher has two students who have special needs but no-one at the school is trained to support them.
It was explained that one of the students has cerebral palsy which has paralysed one side of his body. The facilitators asked some questions then made suggestions about how to make the boy more comfortable in class and around the school. This included encouraging him to put his paralysed hand in his trouser pocket to help him balance as he walked. The teacher was shocked and said she is forever telling him off for pocketing and asking if he has money in there. Within minutes she had called the school’s Director and SHARED what she had learnt so that the other teachers in the school know how to make life a little more comfortable for the boy while he is at school.
A life has been changed and a community will become a little bit more understanding of children with special needs due to a chain of people sharing information.
That is why we want to SHARE with you. Let’s work together to help get information to the people who need it. Let’s be inspired to share our skills, time and energy to help others. Let’s help make connections between those who have and those who are in need. Let’s find ways to show the people in our community that we are also #NaweKilaWakati.
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