Kenya: Learning to walk for the first time at 6 years
23 February 2018

Abdikarim with his mother, Maryam at the JRS Center 1 in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya (JRS)
“I am very grateful to JRS and would like my child to continue receiving services. During weekends he cries because he misses the familiar environment of the centre”.

Kakuma, 23 February 2018 - Abdikarim is 6 years old and lives in Kakuma I, of the 4 camps which make up the Kakuma refugee complex. After an assessment carried out by the JRS special needs care assistants, he was admitted into the JRS Kakuma special needs program. JRS special needs care assistants carry out these assessments during monthly outreach visits to the community. Abdikarim has cerebral palsy, a condition that affects his muscle coordination and restricts his mobility.

JRS Kakuma operates 4 centers to cater for persons living with disability or have another special needs. All centers provide the same services and are strategically spread out around the camp complex so as to be easily accessible by all. JRS Center 1 is located in Kakuma I and it is where Abdikarim was referred as it was the closest center to his home. He has been receiving occupational therapy to improve his overall motor functioning.

His mother says that she is already seeing some improvements. She says that before he was admitted her son could only walk for a few steps and only with support. When he was admitted, she had to carry him to the JRS centre. He had difficulty eating solid food. “I was informed about JRS services through the monthly outreach. They referred me to the centre and gave me an appointment. Upon arriving there, an assessment was conducted and my child was admitted. I was told he would require occupational therapy sessions”. Abdikarim has been receiving occupational therapy for 4 months and is making progress. He is able to walk on his own, though slowly. His speech has improved and he is now able to repeat a few words. He has also begun taking porridge, much to his mother’s joy, as he was unable to do so before. “I am very grateful to JRS and would like my child to continue receiving services. During weekends he cries because he misses the familiar environment of the centre”.







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