For a child with learning or physical disabilities, rural Kenya is a tough place to grow up. Specialist care is sparse, and often expensive, and very few places are designed to be accessible to people in wheelchairs. In many communities there is still widespread misunderstanding around disability.
Liki Special Needs School near Ol Pejeta is one of only a handful of schools in the region where severely disabled children can receive the specialist education and care they need.
The pupils here have both learning and physical disabilities, and a dedicated team of staff make the most of the basic equipment and infrastructure they have. But there are some critical gaps - such as dining tables and chairs, and beds for the boarding pupils (many of whom board here for 10 months of the year).
That is why Ol Pejeta have partnered with the Rotary Clubs of Langley Central, North Delta and Nanyuki to support the bespoke design, build and delivery of dining tables and benches to Liki, as well as a shipment of specially-adapted hospital beds for the children. The Rotary Clubs have donated an incredible US$10,000 to this project, which will be overseen by Ol Pejeta. Sean Hogan from The Rotary Club, Afretech president Bonnie Sutherland, and Ian Muiruri from the Ol Pejeta Conservancy formally handed over the furniture to the school chairman and board member Joseph Kilai in January.
“The furniture will make a big difference in our day to day operations, and will greatly reduce the frustration the children feel when they have to rely on the staff to help them all the time,” says Irene Mbijiwe, Principal at Liki. “With the new furniture, they can now have some level of control with the everyday tasks most of us take for granted.”