CBSM Kimilili: Special Needs School

We are thrilled to share the completion of our transformative project aimed at improving the quality of education and resources for children with special needs. In Bungoma District, our Special Needs School stands as a beacon of inclusivity, having opened its doors in the summer of 2016. Through the conversion of one of the Kindergarten classrooms into a Special Needs Section, we have created a nurturing and integrated learning environment.

Recognizing the diverse needs of our students, we have equipped the school with wheelchair-accessible toilets and employed two dedicated and specially trained teachers. These educators serve as pillars of support, guiding the mental and physical development of our special needs children. From math to language and communication, social training to creative exercises, environmental awareness to music and movement, and perception activities, our teachers ensure a holistic approach to their education. Moreover, they provide practical skills such as weaving, sewing, jewelry making, modeling, drawing, cookery, hairdressing, grooming, housekeeping, and child care to prepare these children for independent living.

Our school now provides personalized care and education to 30 children with special needs, recognizing the unique potential of each individual. The demand for such specialized environments is significant, as an estimated 20% of children in rural communities face disabilities and social skill challenges. Tragically, many of these children have been hidden away due to cultural misconceptions. In fact, it is estimated that 90% of handicapped children do not attend school or receive social integration.

Through our completed project, we have not only broken down barriers but also offered hope and opportunity to children who deserve an equal chance at education and social integration. Together, we have made a lasting impact on their lives, empowering them to embrace their abilities and thrive within a supportive community.

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