Action Network for Disabled Youth (ANDY) is a youth led disabled persons organisation (DPO), run by and for young disabled people in Kenya. ANDY is dedicated to achieving equality, inclusion and empowerment of disabled youth in Kenya.
AbleChildAfrica continues to support ANDY with organisational development, to date we have assisted in HR practices such as creating job description templates and supporting the development of annual staff evaluations as well as good governance support through mentorship of board processes, membership and terms of reference for sub-committee structures. We are on hand to assist ANDY as and when needed!
AbleChildAfrica has previously worked with ANDY on the following projects:
Sports for Health
From 2011-2013, AbleChildAfrica worked in partnership with ANDY to run a Sports for Health project in Nairobi, supported by Comic Relief. This project used sports and employability training to improve the health and self-esteem of disabled young people. This resulted in improved general health and well-being and increased access to employment and business development of the 309 young disabled people who took part.
Inclusive Sports Project
AbleChildAfrica and ANDY currently run an inclusive sports and education project in Nairobi. This project which originally started a pilot with 4 schools, has now rolled out to 6 schools across the county. This inclusive sports programme is led and run by disabled people and gives children of all abilities the opportunity to take part in sports including volleyball, swimming, goalball and games such as darts and chess. In doing so, we support disabled children to participate in school and sports rather than staying at home with little opportunity for educational and social activities. To complement this, the project also trains teachers and sport coaches, reshapes community attitudes towards disability and provides the space and knowledge for parents to support each other. This project supported by Comic Relief and The Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust, will work with 470 children (incl. 290 disabled children) over the next 3 years.
Together AbleChildAfrica and ANDY have identified the following next steps and are currently seeking funding to deliver the following activities:
Civil Society Capacity Building Project
AbleChildAfrica and ANDY have identified the need to build the capacity of Kenyan civil society to advocate for the rights of disabled children. In consultation with Disabled Persons Organisations, Children’s focused NGOs and Youth networks, we want to build a coalition campaign to highlight the needs of disabled children in Kenya, and promote mainstreaming of disability. We are currently seeking support to develop this project further.
Disability Rights and Career Workshops
ANDY and AbleChildAfrica have witnessed the impact of workshops to help young disabled people understand their rights, develop their employability skills and build connections with employers. We are currently seeking funding for a pilot project we have designed which takes this approach to secondary school age disabled children, and aims to help them make the difficult transition from school to employment.
If you would like to learn more about, get involved with or provide funding for any of the above projects please contact Lauren Watters, Programme Development Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Olympic torch bearing in UK, that was really something
How you can help
£500 can provide can provide inclusive education training for the entire teaching staff a Primary School. This training would provide teachers with the confidence to include disabled children in their classrooms and give a disabled child their right to education.
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2012 Paralympic Torch Relay
AbleChildAfrica was honoured as Paralympic torchbearers due to the success of our Sport for Change project, delivered in partnership with ANDY. This project embraced the power of sport to make a positive change in the lives of young Kenyans with disabilities and has since been rolled out to our schools programme.
Torchbearers included Jane Anthony, Executive Director and Shikuku Obosi, Trustee from AbleChildAfrica, Fred Ouko, Director and Alfred Simuyu, Wheelchair Basketball Coach from ANDY and AbleChildAfrica’s Patron Anne Wafula Strike. They carried the Paralympic Flame on 29th August 2012 at 10 am through the London Zoo.