Kyaninga Child Development Centre
Kyaninga Child Development Centre (KCDC) is based in Fort Portal, Uganda, and it offers occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, and nutritional advice. It also runs a school, a goat dairy and a wheelchair mobility workshop, as well as a second therapy centre in Kasese.
Accomplish provides a grant towards the salaries of three Ugandan therapists and a social worker, as an efficient way to reach large numbers of children, and a long-term investment in local medical expertise. Accomplish also funded the first year of KCDC's nutrition programme, in response to chronic malnutrition in the Kasese area.
The KCDC team works closely with the Rwenzori Special Needs Foundation, which is based nearby in Fort Portal and which Accomplish also supports.
Atukunda Janet first attended KCDC's Kasenda outreach in 2019. She was four years old and had a severe neglected clubfoot (bilateral). KCDC's Orthopaedic Officer, Golden, explained to her parents that Janet would benefit from surgery, but it took over a year to persuade them. Finally, in June 2020 KCDC had a surgical camp at the referral hospital. Janet had her operation and KCDC continued with post-operative management, which involved casting and stretches. Several home visits were made because Janet's parents could not afford to travel to KCDC's centre.
Janet is now able to walk for the first time in her life although she is still wearing custom-made AFO foot braces during the day and Steenbeek foot abduction braces (SFAB) at night. Both parents are supportive, and her dad is especially helpful with putting on her special shoes. He says: “when I am still at work and it clocks 6pm, I run home quickly to put the SFABs on my daughter every day.”
KCDC was established to create equal opportunities for disabled children in western Uganda. It was founded in response to the lack of services, as experienced first-hand by co-founder Steve Williams when looking for help for his son.
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The Rwenzori Special Needs Foundation (RSNF) addresses poverty through livestock and arable farming, and runs a vocational school teaching hairdressing and tailoring.