TAI is an organization that is disability-led through the Founders’ Daughter. She is a young 26-year-old, Autistic, and Intellectually Disabled girl, with limited speech but fully independent currently living in an assisted home with her grandmother. Her growth and learning curve has been entrenched in the organizational pillars as we seek to:-
As an Organization, Tuleane Afrika Initiative has been collaborating with Limuru Cheshire Home to improve and work on their curriculum as well as Reports and After School Programs. As an organization, it has taken great strides in improving the livelihood of the girls and learning concepts, especially in Literacy and Numeracy to those who have little or no speech. This is through the 2nd and 3rd tiers of our objectives.
Through Metis, we have partnered with Wynton School of Music to the Home and introduced enriching the curriculum as a way of bringing alternative ways of learning that is outside the norm. As a team, during the introductory classes, we have found joy in music through the eyes of the girls as they danced and learnt life skill lessons through group dance.
We propose to introduce Art and Drama as alternate classes in the coming term. The Art will be a project which will in the future sustain itself while providing funds to those whose creations meet the demands of the market. Gift bags, envelopes, and Greeting Cards are readily sold within organizations during this festive period and we look to tap into this as we host the Art Classes at the Home. This will also bring competitiveness within the school and eagerness to work to attain their financial freedom. The money paid to them will also bring Numeracy to the fore as they learn banking and saving tips through the results of their hard work. Learning how to write their names and sign will not be a literacy lesson but a sign of importance to them to walk into a banking hall to get assistance.
The drama club will be a way of expressing ourselves through pantomimes or spoken acting plays that will speak about their femininity, environment, and various topics as directed. The girls are capable of learning and adapting and we look forward to working together on this.
Music is therapeutic, playing an instrument is a milestone as it brings about opportunities to be part of the worship teams in church or even play with groups within the communities as a way of inclusion.
This will bring about well-rounded girls, who can express themselves and be vocal on their needs, and the assumption of no speech will fade in the eyes of those watching.
As an end of year graduation party, we are planning a Musical performance for the parents. It shall be an eye opener to them, to believe in their child.
Children born with any Intellectual and Developmental disorders are one of the most marginalized and excluded groups in society. Facing daily discrimination in various forms; they are effectively barred from realizing their rights to healthcare, education, social protection and even survival. TAI takes advantage of the convention on the Rights of the Child and Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ratified by the government and local legislation such as the Persons with disability Act 2012 to ensure circumstances of children living with disabilities in Kenya are greatly improved.
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