Able Kids Foundation is a non-profit organization operating in Malawi to assist children with special needs. As one of the poorest countries in the world with almost 50% per cent of the population living below the poverty line, health resources and rehabilitation facilities for families with special needs children are scarce. Community based action provided by the Able Kids Foundation provides a crucial service helping parents and children cope with life in the absence of a state sponsored support network.
What makes our project unique is that we combine rehabilitation with education, providing therapy to children as young as four months in order to eventually prepare them for entry to a regular school program. In addition, our project provides support to parents helping them not only to empower themselves, but also to teach other parents whose children may have special needs too.
The project’s services include:
- Audiological assessment
- Speech and language therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Specialised adaptive equipment
- Counselling and social support to parents
- Numeracy and literacy program for children
- Nutritious meal program
The project’s goals and immediate needs include:
- An expanded improved facility to accommodate more children and reduce waitlist
- Increase outreach within the community
- Sufficient funds to cover operating costs including salaries of staff
Join us in our endeavor to expand this unique community-based model to eradicate the stigma attached to disabilities and empower a special needs child and their parents to lead an independent, productive life.
Author: Amita Asthana