Health and Water Foundation (HWF) run a programme called Integrated Development Approach through Training and Infrastructure to Improve Education, Health, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Manga Cluster Area in Lake Victoria Region, Kenya. The programme has many aspects, but a large section is based around children’s education, and in relation to this children with special educational needs. In total there are twelve schools which were supported by HWF, four of which have been assigned by the government as “special units” to cater for children with special educational needs.
During the first year of the project, 192 children with special educational needs were provided with school uniforms in the four different schools. These uniforms were locally procured and given to the children by HWF with help from the schools management committees. The HWF field officers formulated a needs assessment form for each school so they could capture the specific needs of the children within the different schools, this was then used to provide specific materials and kits for the children.
It has since been noted by both teachers and community members that the support from HWF towards children with special educational needs has made the children realise that ‘disability is not an inability’ and therefore boosted their morale.