Feed & Educate Children With Disablilties in Zambia



Summary
The project shall provide support to children with disabilities through special education, child care and physiotherapy services to such children from poor and disadvantaged families, and training caregivers and families in Zambia.

The Problem
Many children suffer from brain damage especially those depending on traditional birth methods and hence common during pregnancy, during childbirth or after birth up to 3 years. These children usually not able to walk, talk, eat or play like other children. Major threats faced by these children include lost educational opportunities, lack of social and emotional support for healthy psychological and social development, increased stigma, lack of adequate food, and lack of representation.

In Zambia, some parents and children are not so lucky in terms of something which caused these children not develop as normally as other children. Some children suffer from brain damage. This effect of brain damage becomes obvious as the child reaches the age requirement of standing and walking on his or her own. This condition is called Cerebral palsy (CP). This can occur during pregnancy (about 75%), during childbirth (about 5%) or after birth (about 15%) up to the age of about 3 years. As a result of the brain damage caused, children with Cerebral palsy are usually not able to walk, talk, eat or play like other children. They usually need constant help, attention and support. Others may also have cognitive problems, so that their mental capacity does not develop.

In addition to physical challenges, there remains in Zambia considerable stigma attached to this condition due to ignorance about the causes of this condition. There are still people who believe that it is caused by witchcraft or a malevolent spirit which inhabits the child’s body. The mothers are often blamed for ignoring traditional practices, thereby allowing their children to be born malformed.

The combination of increasing numbers of affected children, affected orphaned children, decreasing numbers of caregivers and weakened extended families, together with poverty, means that both affected children and cerebral palsy orphans are more likely to fall through traditional safety nets. The loss of parents effectively removes the primary social structure protecting the children and adolescents, resulting in increased vulnerability to key threats. Major threats faced by these children include lost educational opportunities, lack of social and emotional support for healthy psychological and social development, increased stigma, lack of adequate food, and lack of representation in the larger community to advocate for needs.

Solution
The project will provide special education, therapy, special diet and toys to children with disabilities, train caregivers and families in taking care of these affected children and sensitizing communities and families in acceptance of disabled children and the need to go to clinics for births. It will also advocate for access to education and health services by affected children.

The project will support CP affected children, disabled children and orphans and their families through:

  • 1. Establishment of high quality and specialized services to CP children.
  • 2. Awareness community meetings concerning the causes of CP and the need for acceptance of affected children into society.
  • 3. Advocacy for improved access to basic needs of CP affected children
  • 4. Training of mothers and guardians of affected children in handling and caring CP affected children and disabled children. This is to help parents and guardians in the routine management of CP children so that they become better equipped to cope with their challenges and to continue therapy at home.
  • 5. Encouraging women having affected children to engage in various income generating activities.
  • 6. Provision of specialist equipment like wheelchairs, braces & calipers to affected children.

Potential Long Term Impact
The project will help children with disabilities access special education, health services, therapy, social aspects and appropriate diet and train families and caregivers in child care, support and therapy, and also advocate for rights of these children with duty bearers. Children with disabilities shall be helped to reach their maximum possible potential to take care of their lives when they grow up and government ministries taking up this project role.

DONATIONS EXPECTED IMPACTS

  • $25 Will provide School attire, Learning aids & Toys for 1 Child with a disability
    $50 Will train 50 Care-Givers & families in caring for children with disabilities
    $75 Will help 37 Children with disabilities to access Therapy exercises per month to strengthen their muscles
    $100 Will provide special diet to 20 children with disabilities per month
    $175 Will provide special education to 35 Children with disabilities per year
    $200 Will provide 10 tricycles to 10 children with disabilities to exercise their legs

    *Currency $USD

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