Wezesha Parents Training

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 become peer educators 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:

  • Acceptance
  • Peer Education
  • Disability types and causes
  • Handling and positioning
  • Activities of daily living
  • Communication
  • Toy making
  • Play and cognitive stimulation
  • Diet intervention
  • Preparing for adulthood
  • Advocacy

Wezesha has been launched in 2015. The following wezesha trainings have taken place so far:

November 2015 Nairobi, Muranga, Nyanduma, Kajiado, Meru and Kericho 20
June 2016 Machakos 15
July 2016 Narok 15
October 2016 Nakuru 15
May 2017 Nairobi, Muranga, Nyanduma, Kajiado, Meru and Kericho 20
June 2017 Makueni 12
June 2017 Narok 14
July 2017 Nyanduma 20
September 2017 Nakuru 14
May 2018 Machakos and Makueni 15
June 2018 Narok 12
August 2018 Nakuru 13
June 2019 Machakos and Makueni 14
August 2019 Narok 16

The trained peer educators have reached 260 families through workshops, community awareness events and individual home visits. 10 resource groups have been formed and parents are meeting regularly to share experiences and brainstorm ideas of overcoming challenges that they face.

SEP invited officials of the National NCPWD during the training sessions, who gave the parents the procedure of registration and requesting for funds as a group and as a result a number of children have been registered with the NCPWD.

Through these events, the awareness on causes of disabilities has been raised among community members. Families report increased level of acceptance and participation of children with disabilities in their communities and significant achievements of developmental milestones and functional skills among the children.