Grace, aged five, has multi-sensory impairments as well as Cerebral Palsy, and has been involved with Sense International in its community support programme since the age of two.
Grace currently attends physiotherapy sessions twice a week at Kilimani deafblind unit, supported by Sense International. She also does pre-school activities, which includes learning communication skills, numeracy, literacy, social skills and developing mobility skills. Physically she has grown stronger and is able to communicate through touch and objects of reference.
Grace undergoes training on these activities with the support of the teachers at Kilimani.
Grace’s father, Geoffrey Mwangi, says:
“If Grace had stayed at home, she wouldn’t even have been able to sit on her own, she would not have been able to do anything, because we as parents wouldn’t know what to do.
“I can now see her doing things like any other person, through the assistance of Sense International.
"I can see a future for Grace – I know she will do something good.”
Grace’s teacher, Mary Maragia, adds:
“Grace has improved tremendously, and with the communication strategies we are using with her, she understands that a cup represents a drink, a spoon represents lunch or dinner.
"Her parents are really happy and grateful, and they are very supportive to the programme. When her brother and sister have finished school, they come and see where Grace is and also want to learn some of the things we do here.
“One of the main goals here is trying to train the parents to give them support, so they know how to communicate with their kids first and also some of the activities where they can involve the kids. We want the child to be independent and raise their self-esteem.”
First published: Friday 7 June 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 20 September 2017