Alex Omondi, Child Destiny Foundation (Village Clinic)
Alex Omondi, a parent of a child with special needs, wants to see that every child in Kenya has the opportunity to realize their full potential, no matter what. That’s why he founded the Child Destiny Foundation, which serves children with special needs and their parents in the Kibera slum of Nairobi.
“Due to high level of unemployment and underemployment, poverty rules these ‘ghettos’, and the devastating effects are obviously evident in the living conditions of inhabitants,” Alex said. “Here, many people struggle to meet their basic human needs, but worse off are the children with special needs and their families. They cannot afford the special attention that their children deserve.”
The organization has a clinic which provides occupational, speech and physical therapy to children at no cost, as well as opportunities for fun. The Foundation is also organizing support groups for parents.
“This project is committed to provide free access to therapy and rehabilitation services to children with special needs, but we hope it will be a launch pad of a bigger multidimensional initiative to address the various complex challenges affecting people with special needs,” Alex said.
Funding from the Pollination Project will help the Foundation purchase various therapy tools for its clinic, like walking aids and exercise balls.
For more on the Child Destiny Foundation and to see some photos of the great work they do, visit the Foundation’s Facebook page.
GRANT AWARD DATE: August 23, 2014