Action Network for the Disabled

Action Network for the Disabled (ANDY) is a National Disabled Persons Organization (DPO) working at all levels of the community with the involvement of persons with disabilities to bring about positive change. ANDY was founded by and for children and youth with disabilities in Kenya.

ANDY’s mission is to advance and advocate for equal opportunities for youth with disabilities, through promoting proactive social and economic participation. ANDY is dedicated to achieving equality, inclusion and empowerment of youth with disabilities in Kenya and seeks to mainstream youth with disabilities into all aspects of daily life. ANDY’s work focuses mainly at the grassroots level, where they operate to reach and raise the voices of children and youth with disabilities at a national and international level.

ANDY advocate for equal opportunities for youth with disabilities through promoting proactive social and economic participation and involving youth with disabilities in development and decision-making processes. Key areas of focus include education, employment, health, sport and fitness, HIV/AIDS awareness, economic empowerment and the right to vote/participate in Government.

ANDY (then called KEDAN) became a partner with AbleChildAfrica in 2007. Our early projects together included strategic organisational development for ANDY’s youth advocacy work with children with disabilities in Nairobi. AbleChildAfrica continues to support ANDY with organisational development alongside the projects that we deliver together.

According to the National Survey on Persons with Disability, youth with disabilities form 3.6% of the youth population (aged 15 to 25 years old). Research suggests that only 39% of children with disabilities have accessed basic education), and youth with disabilities are less likely to be employed, and more likely to be living in poverty than people without disabilities. Children and youth with disabilities have limited access to education, health, employment or rehabilitation and also face inbuilt social, cultural and economic prejudices, stigmatisation and sometimes, abuse and violence.

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 youth with disabilities. 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 for Education: In 2015, AbleChildAfrica and ANDY developed and piloted a model for sports as a route to inclusion, to education and to breaking the poverty cycle that children with disabilities and their families face in impoverished areas of Kiambu County, Kenya. With funding from Jersey Overseas Aid, the project worked across 5 schools whereby 65 ‘out of school’ children with disabilities were identified and attended bi-weekly inclusive and adapted sports with children with and without disabilities in school settings. The project also included the formation of Parent Support Groups, teacher training, community awareness activities and government engagement to support children and their families in a holistic way, and enabled ANDY and AbleChildAfrica to develop a model for sports for inclusion that could be further rolled out.

Inclusive Sports for Education

In 2015, AbleChildAfrica and ANDY developed and piloted a model for sports as a route to inclusion, to education and to breaking the poverty cycle that children with disabilities and their families face in impoverished areas of Kiambu County, Kenya. With funding from Jersey Overseas Aid, the project worked across 5 schools whereby 65 ‘out of school’ children with disabilities were identified and attended bi-weekly inclusive and adapted sports with children with and without disabilities in school settings. The project also included the formation of Parent Support Groups, teacher training, community awareness activities and government engagement to support children and their families in a holistic way, and enabled ANDY and AbleChildAfrica to develop a model for sports for inclusion that could be further rolled out.

AbleChildAfrica is currently working with ANDY on the following project:

Sports for Inclusion – Changing the Game Project

Building on the inclusive sports model that was developed in 2015, ANDY and AbleChildAfrica received funding from Comic Relief to scale up and roll out the project on a wider scale across two districts in Kenya. Children with disabilities identified out of school attend sporting and child rights clubs at schools with other children with and without disabilities, with more children identified each year with the objective of later enrolling them at the target schools.

Coalition Advocacy Project: With funding from the Commonwealth Foundation, this project has formed a coalition of Disabled Persons Organisations and Civil Society Organisations to raise the voice of civil society. Coalition members receive training and support each other to develop activities, national advocacy strategies and plan public campaigns to strengthen their capacity and voice. Government officials receive training and the coalition engages with officials to increase understanding of the needs of children with disabilities to effect policy change. The public campaign will raise awareness around child-focused disability rights and encourage the wider community to advocate for the rights of children with disabilities in policy implementation.

Together, AbleChildAfrica and ANDY have identified key areas for capacity building and other support. AbleChildAfrica is also working with ANDY to seek match funding to implement additional activities to further develop our existing sports for change and advocacy projects to reach more children with disabilities and effect greater change at government level.

If you would like to learn more about, get involved with or feel you may be in a position to provide funding for any of our projects, please contact Alice Ford, Programmes Officer, at alice@ablechildafrica.org.uk.

 

 

The Olympic torch bearing in UK, that was really something
Fred Ouko
Director, ANDY

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£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.

 

 

 

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