Wezesha is a training programme aimed at fostering parents and teachers in their role as caregivers and multipliers, in order to transfer skills and information about care for children with disabilities. It targets specifically communities in remote areas where access to health services and therapeutic support is inadequate.
Parents are in the front line of taking care of their children with disabilities. In Kenya, currently there are limited human and infrastructural resources to assist these children. In order to address this deficit and improve the level of daily care available to children with disabilities, especially among low income families, SEP has developed “Wezesha” (empowerment in Kiswahili), a training programme for parents and teachers to transfer information and skills.
At the dispensed workshops participants are enabled to learn practical skills, how to help their own children with disability as well as other children in their community. They receive a training manual that helps them during the training. After this they will be able to use and share their knowledge to help other parents in the community.
The Wezesha training includes the following topics:
- Peer Education
- Disability types and causes
- Handling and positioning
- Activities of daily living
- Toy making
- Play and cognitive stimulation
- Diet intervention
Wezesha has been launched in 2015. Four workshops with 15 participants each have taken place between October 2015 and October 2016. SEP provides further guidance and quality control after the workshops by regular visits in the communities. A series of follow-up workshops in May and June 2017 allowed the participants to improve their acquired skills.