CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya

Marianne Centre

The Disabled
Marianne Center

Marianne Center was created to help individuals with disabilities and aged 16 to 50 years of age. This is a training center that offers support for these individuals and their families.

The Project

There are around 2.9 million individuals with various forms of mental disabilities in Kenya. These Kenyans face many obstacles in their daily lives since many communities still consider mental disability an ailment caused by witchcraft and black magic. These individuals are more than capable of developing useful skills given adequate support. The current education system is unable to support young adults who have mental disabilities since they cannot enrol in an ordinary secondary school and are often too old to attend primary schools.

Marianne Center began in 2010 to help individuals with disabilities aged 16 to 50 years. Marianne is a vocational training center that offers support for these individuals and their families. There are around 40 Kenyans enrolled in this center who have different disabilities including Autism and Down Syndrome. The students are divided and grouped into classes depending on their abilities so that they are trained on important vocational skills such as beadwork, baking, farming, activities of daily living among others.

The mission of this organization is to make a difference in the life of young adults with special needs and disabilities in order to be self-reliant and easily integrated into mainstream life without fear of stigmatization.

Location

Kiambu County

Volunteer Tasks

  • Assisting in teaching of various subjects (mathematics, language, writing, computer skills)
  • Promoting core activities such as such as drawing, sewing, bead-work, gardening
  • Running activities of daily living such as cleaning, personal hygiene
  • Organizing extra-curricular activities such as sports and nature walks
  • Provision of guiding and counseling services to the students

Accomodation

The volunteers will be accommodated at Marianne Centre where they will get basic meals i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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