BY JEFF OTIENO –Kisumu -Kenya 09/30/09
Netherlands based Non governmental Organization (NGO) whose aim is to improve the quality of life of deprived children with disabilities irrespective of race, faith and political orientation has been launched in kisumu.
The organization is guided by the UN convention on the rights of the child and works with civil society organizations and other partners who provide increased access in improving quality services for children in need within their own environment.
It was founded in 1965 in the Netherlands but opened its East African offices in 1994 and its registered as an International NGO.
Terre de Hommes is currently supporting over 77 projects in East Africa with six programmes on their manual namely Health, HIV/AIDS, Education, and Prevention of child exploitation, social Economic Development and children disability.
In the organization last programme, as a policy they supported bodies to offer direct assistance to children, capacity building activities and awareness creation on rights of children with special needs.
In order to entrench in the grass roots, Terre de homes has formed an affiliate in Nyanza and Western Kenya region operation under the flagship “THE NYANZA DISABILITY NETWORK”. It focuses mainly on increased enrolment in quality education and specialized services and participation of the child in regular family and community activities.
Speaking during the colourful launching at TomMboya labour college (COTO) in Kisumu, Wickliff Opuya who is the co-ordinator said during his speech that they will continue to work closely with other stake holders including the government in order to achieve their objective.
The current members of the network are Ebusiratsi special school, mwikhomo, Maseno school for the deaf, Kisii special school, Kipkelion special school and Nyamonye small home for physically handicapped.
Total enrolment is 686 so far and it is expected to rise.