Moving here was not easy. The culture is different, the lifestyle is different and don’t even get me started on the lack of driving rules and etiquette. But it’s a good life. There are lots of opportunities in this country.
Since I arrived I managed to become part of a great team at the Autism Support Center (Kenya). I’ve met lots of amazing parents, beautiful children, and I’ve made lifelong friends. The children we’ve worked with so far have been amazing. Their ages range from about 8 years old to around 16 or so. They have all kinds of disorders, autism, cerebral palsy, and muscular dystrophy; the mothers of these kids are inspiring. They have overcome so many obstacles since becoming mothers of children with special needs. In this country, it used to be that disability is seen as a curse from God, and these children whom are affected are thought to have been possessed by demons, therefore they are run out of their villages, hidden away, beaten or even killed. Finally, those stereotypes are slowly fading and awareness of these disorders is being spread.
We have some really great projects and programs going on. One of our biggest projects is An Adopt an Autism Tree Project, which is being implemented at a time when the world is looking for solutions to forest degradation, deforestation and how to cope with the negative effects of climate Change. Persons with autism and other developmental disabilities are determined to engage in activities that promote a greener planet. We seek out organizations, businesses, institutions and individuals interested in going green to adopt an Autism Tree and help a child with autism access important educational and therapeutic services. Once a tree is adopted then we will come to a chosen location, and a child with autism will plant your tree for you! Attached to your beautiful new tree will be a plastic plaque that will give the date, the name of the child that planted the tree, and the name of our organization; that way every time you see your growing tree you will think of a special child with autism that is growing and exceeding beyond their disorder because of your generosity. Please adopt an autism tree today! The options are listed below, if you’re interested, just send us a message!
ADOPT AN AUTISM TREE OPTIONS
Kshs. 100,000 for 100 indigenous trees
NGOs, other organizations, middle level businesses Adoption
Kshs. 20,000 for 20 indigenous trees
Institutions, Small Businesses, Estate Adoption
Kshs.10, 000 for 10 indigenous trees and flowers
Families and Individuals Adoption
Kshs. 2,000 for 4 Indigenous trees
Friends of Autism Support Center (Kenya) Adoption
Kshs.1, 000 for 2 trees
I hope those of you reading this blog will involve yourselves in the fight. Become a friend of Autism Support Center (Kenya). The more the merrier and we need as many friends as we can get!!
If you’d like to learn more about us, come visit us at YAYA Centre in Nairobi on the 26th and 27th of January! We’ll be there all day!