Siblings Workshops

Having a child with disability in the family affects every family member, including the siblings. Very often these siblings have to take huge responsibilities and take care of the child with disability, despite their own age. This leads to different reactions e.g. feeling neglected, embarrassed, sad, stressed etc. They are often confronted with high expectations from the parents.

SEP decided to help the sibling children as well through offering a secure place, where they have the opportunity to express themselves, to talk about their feelings, their worries and their fears.

The objective of organizing the siblings workshops include:

  • To strengthen the social and emotional support system for the siblings.
  • To enhance the level of self-esteem and confidence of the siblings.
  • To ensure parents, institutional staff and the community are aware of the feelings of siblings.
  • To create a platform to showcase the siblings talents.

Knowing that there are other children who experience the same, can help to deal better with their own situation and leads to a feeling “I am not alone”.

SEP has been organizing sibling workshops during holidays for the siblings in the projects we support.  We partner with Sarakasi Trust—Hospital Project for this event.  The Sarakasi team do what they do best: they make use of different games, songs, puppet shows and plays, with the aim to create more awareness and help the children to understand the condition of their sibling with a disability.

SEP professionals also get a chance to explain in simple terms different disability conditions to the children.

SEP has so far organized 8 siblings workshops as follows:

MONTH

PROJECTS

TOTAL NO.

2016

April

Songa Mbele; Child Doctor; Comboni Health

77

August

Songa Mbele; Child Doctor; Comboni Health

133

November

Songa Mbele; Child Doctor

96

2017

April

Mwiki; Songa Mbele; Child Doctor; Comboni Health

151

November

Mwiki

35

December

Songa Mbele; Child Doctor; Comboni Health

100

2018

August

St Joseph Ujiachilie; Comboni Health

59

November

Buruburu Baptist; Songa Mbele

40

TOTAL SIBLINGS ATTENDANCE

691

Through these workshops the siblings have been able to:

  • Build up good relationships with the child with disability.
  • Develop skills in terms of how to deal with a child with disability.
  • Stand up for the rights for their sibling with a disability.
  • Talk about their feelings.
  • Plan for their own future independently from the child with a dis ability.

For further information on this project, or if you would like to support this project further kindly contact the SEP office on Tel. 0733267869 or via email info@sepkenya.com