It is important to note that while the majority of the population is faced with many problems, the people with disabilities in the North Rift face these problems doubly because of being marginalized and ignored. The fact that people are fighting so hard for survival means that the plight of the disabled is not priority.
Most people, communities and even families do not understand the causes and reasons for various disabilities and therefore the conclusion surrounds superstitions, cultural beliefs that is a curse or a punishment from God. That is life is so hard, why the extra burden of disability.
The Anglican Church of Kenya, Diocese of Eldoret under the leadership of the late Rt. Revd. Alexander Kipsang’ Muge, in 1983 became aware of the plight of the neglected people and children with disabilities in the communities. This gave birth to the North Rift Community based Rehabilitation Services.
Community Based Rehabilitation Programme
In 1990 a Community Based Rehabilitation Pilot Project was started at Kimng’oror Health Center, Nandi County by Canon Percia Hutcherson. A volunteer Physiotherapist from the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. The children with disabilities were identified by the Health Center through Maternal and Child Health Clinic (MCH) and initially referred patients to various hospitals for further assistance.
The project involved awareness and identification of hidden children in homes. Canon Percia walked several kilometers where roads were not accessible by car to visit homes where children were hidden. She assured the parents that children born with disabilities were not a curse from God, but they deserved dignity. They are as worthy as any other human being and needed to be referred to hospital for medical attention and to special schools for education.
An empowered people with disabilities in the community, attaining and affirming their human dignity and worth.
To facilitate the progressive transformation for people with disabilities towards improved livelihoods.
- To create awareness in community gatherings, church, school forums, education of parents and community on disability and people with disabilities.
- To facilitate the evaluation and assessment of children with different abilities to ascertain their needs e.g. medical intervention, physical therapy, surgical corrections, counselling and follow ups.
- To facilitate people with different abilities to engage in economic activities that will enhance their social.
- To facilitate for places in school collaboration with Education Assessment and Resource Centers.