Community Building

The program’s goal is to provide activities that stimulate cognitive, motor and social skills to young children with and without intellectual disabilities preparing them for sports, school and community integration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.Expanding Early Childhood Development Programs

Through the Special Olympics Young Athletes Program, the organization provides opportunities for children to grow in a sustainable culture of care and support. Since 2015 Special Olympics Kenya has partnered with Catholic Relief Services to bring opportunities of play, health and education to children with intellectual disabilities aged between 2 to 10 years, Positive Parenting to the Care givers in the Informal settlement of Kawangware, Nairobi.

The program’s goal is to provide activities that stimulate cognitive, motor and social skills to young children with and without intellectual disabilities preparing them for sports, school and community integration.

2.Family Support Network (FSN)

The Special Olympics Families program creates a network of support. The Family Support Network provides opportunity for the families to share experience of bringing up children with intellectual disabilities and educate each other as well as engage in activities that enhance their caregiving and parental skills. Such as positive parenting education, others may engage in income generating activities which help improve the family income. Special Olympics Kenya engages and retains families through:

  1. Training of family leaders county wide
  2. Advocacy an empowerment
  3. Fit Families
  4. Donating healthy snacks and water to athletes after a training session
  5. Elected as a Family Support network office bearer

 

How families can add value:

  • Fundraising activities. Those affected can make appeals or also make personal donations
  • Can initiate partnerships with local governments
  • Volunteer as coaches, partners, sit on the boards
  • Ensure health status of the athlete
  • Recruit new family members
  • Run with family-based programs/activities

How Does the National Director Support Family Leaders

  • Engage family leaders fully – involve them in all the activities not just FHF
  • Train them on all Special Olympics activities
  • Provide secretariat and logistics
  • Use them to mobilize other family members for activities
  • Challenge them to create partnerships with the local governing councils
  • Allow them to sit on the boards
  • Train them alongside coaches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.School accessibility and Retention

Through the support of UNICEF Kenya Office, Special Olympics Kenya facilitated over 600 children with intellectual disabilities who were out of school in Nairobi County, to enroll and remain in in school.

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