By Benard Munyao (KNA)
Kaburugu Catholic Church in Kandara, Murang’a has launched an elaborate program to assist children with autism and other disabilities. The program provides support for education, therapy, and other basic needs.
The church has also reached out to parents of children with disabilities, recognizing the challenges that families face in raising these children. The program offers support and guidance to parents, as well as a space for them to connect with others in similar situations.
“In view of the many challenges that families of children with disabilities face, the church came up with this program to assist in taking care of the affected children,” said Father Gideon Ombwori, who is in charge of the church.
The program has been running for several years and has helped many children with disabilities access the support they need to thrive. The church has also constructed and equipped a building to provide training and support for children with autism and other disabilities.
“We have established a therapy room where the children are attended to, and many have regained mobility and integrated into society,” said Father Ombwori.
The high cost of living has made it even more difficult for families with children with disabilities to make ends meet. The church is calling on the government to consider lowering the prices of some of the facilities and materials that these families need.
“These children need special materials for their upkeep. Some need diapers, wheelchairs, and other facilities, but not all parents are in a position to cater for the needed materials,” said Father Ombwori.
The church is also working to train girls to acquire salon skills and introduce boys to horticulture, providing them with skills that can help them support themselves and their families.
“We are grateful for the support we have received from the Catholic Diocese of Murang’a and other organizations,” said Father Ombwori. “We are committed to continuing to provide support for children with disabilities and their families.”