Child Destiny Foundation: Kenya
Child Destiny Foundation (CDf) is a local Kenyan non-governmental and non-profit-making organization, which was founded in 2012. It is a brain-child idea of four parents of children with special needs (CWS), and a volunteer student – Claudia Patka.
The founding of this organization was inspired by the numerous challenges that children with special needs and their families face in their day-to-day lives in the slums.
The organization’s primary operational areas are in Kibera slums and Dagoreti South constituency in Kenya. Kibera also happens to be the largest slum in Africa. Most of the CDf’s beneficiaries live in the slums, and endure harsh and challenging living conditions that are already tough for able bodied people. Like most other slums in Kenya, Kibera is an urban informal settlement area that is deprived of the basic social amenities and infrastructural system.
Elsewhere, even the existence of such facilities and infrastructure bring no cause for relief among people with special needs: their interests are never considered in designing and constructing such projects.
Objectives and activities.
To achieve the above mentioned objectives, the organization engages in activities such as: Physiotherapy and occupational therapy services; Home and community outreach; Workshop and seminars: caregivers support and empowerment; Public Health Advocacy and community sensitization; Day care and special unit, Networking and resource mobilization.
CDf envisages a Kenya and world where every child, regardless of special need, has the chance to achieve their fullest potential in life.
It therefore strives to become a ray of hope and center for excellence for children with special needs and their caregivers.
CDf exists to promote the wellbeing of children with special needs by providing a holistic conducive environment for healthy development and facilitating families in their role as primary caregivers.
It also promotes development among underserved children and youth in Kenya through integrated health and social programs that expand access to education, health services and economic opportunity transforming them, their households and their communities at large.
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