KCBRP KARAGWE.

CHILD EMPOWERMENT 

70%


of Tanzania's young girls and boys of 14 - 17 years old are not enrolled into secondary education

80%


of Tanzanian's poor population live in the rural areas where poverty is highly extreme

Background

The Child Empowerment (CE) programme is a tripartite partnership community based rehabilitation (CBR) programme implemented in 10 Regions of Tanzania. The programme is nationally coordinated by KCBRP as the Strategic Partner Organization (SPO) of the Liliane Foundation (LF). The LF provides funding and technical support and the programme is implemented on the ground by a number of Partner Organizations (POs).


The programme targets children and youngsters with various disabilities from 0-25 years as its primary beneficiaries. It has two (2) broad categories that are the Core Strategy and Capacity Building. The Core Strategy is implemented by POs and is concerned with individual children and youngsters with disabilities and their environment whilst the Capacity Building is implemented by KCBRP and LF and is concerned with building capacities of the POs and SPO respectively.


The Core Strategy has two (2) components that are Child Development and Enabling Environment.

CHILD DEVELOPMENT

CD refers to customized interventions and activities that are aimed at improving individual child or youngster with a disability’s physical and or sensory functionality, social participation, knowledge, skills and economic independence.

ENABLING ENVIRONMENT

Refers interventions that address barriers to participation in the child’s environment such as negative attitudes, discriminatory policies and inaccessible physical environment among other barriers. In 2019 the programme worked with 19 POs and below are the main activities carried out and their associated achievements for the year

Project Key Achievement

  • 1072 Children and youngsters (CYwDs) were identified for rehabilitation and medical care.
  • 608 Children and youngsters with physical disabilities were provided with physiotherapeutic services by the PO network
  • 152CYwDs were supported with speech therapy and occupational therapy
  • 272 CYwDs received assistive devices in form of Crutches, Walkers, Hearing aids, Tricycles, Wheelchairs, CP chairs and Corner seats.
  • 376 CYWDs benefited with medications especially those with epilepsy and mental health conditions.
  • 58 CWDs received surgeries to correct their physical disabilities; the identified cases were club foot, contracture, amputations, hydrocephalus and spina bifida.
  • Through PO network; 412 parents/caregivers were trained on designing and maintaining locally made assistive devices.
  • 68 parents/caregivers of CWDs were trained on physiotherapy skills to enable them manage and apply simple exercises to their physically impaired children at their homes. The trainings also involved knowledge on human rights, nutrition and much emphasis was on acceptance of CYWDs in the families and entire community.
  • Sensitization meetings were organized by POs to create awareness in the community on causes, prevention and management of some disabilities

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