Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Project for the Construction of a Physiotherapy Facility and Improvement of the Pavement for Pupils with Cerebral Palsy in Kwanjora Special School)
||Ground Breaking Ceremony of The Project for the Construction of a Physiotherapy Facility and Improvement of the Pavement for Pupils with Cerebral Palsy in Kwanjora Special School
||9th March 2017
||Kwanjora Village, Leshali Location, Nyandarua North Sub-County, Nyandarua County
||The Project for the Construction of a Physiotherapy Facility and Improvement of the Pavement for Pupils with Cerebral Palsy in Kwanjora Special School
||US$ 55,598 (Approx. Kshs 5.3 Million)
- Mr. Yo Ito – First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan to the Republic of Kenya
- Mr. Stephen Kanyoro – Personal Assistant to the Member of Parliament (Representative of Hon. Francis Waweru Nderitu, Member of Parliament Ndaragwa Constituency)
- Mr. Patrick Gichohi – Nyandarua County Secretary of Kenya Primary School Head Teachers Association (KEPSHA)
- Management and staff of Kwanjora Special School
- Students and parents of Kwanjora Special School
Total of about 80 participants
||The Ground Breaking Ceremony of “The Project for the Construction of a Physiotherapy Facility and Improvement of the Pavement for Pupils with Cerebral Palsy in Kwanjora Special School” was held in Leshali Location, Nyandarua North Sub-County and witnessed by among others, officials from the Embassy of Japan in Kenya.
The school was awarded USD 55,598 towards the construction of a physiotherapy facility, purchase of physiotherapy equipment, as well as the rehabilitation and construction of pavement in the school compound. Kwanjora Special School is a public primary boarding school which started as a special unit and registered as a special school in 2014. Currently, the school has 36 pupils (22 boys, 14 girls) with cerebral palsy.
The absence of a well-equipped physiotherapy room is a big challenge for the children, since it is one of the basic facilities required for children with cerebral palsy. It is extremely important for the children to develop their joints and muscles when they are still young as it becomes more difficult to develop the muscles in later stages of life. Therefore, the purpose of this project is to create an environment where children with cerebral palsy can receive the needed physiotherapy treatment.
At the ceremony, the Head-teacher, Mrs. Esther Mbugua explained how the school only has three simple, hand-made physiotherapy equipment that are placed outside due to the lack of facilities. She went on to describe how challenging it can be, for students and the teachers, to conduct physiotherapy exercises for long periods under the sun. The parent representative, Mama Joe (Ms. Susan Muthoni), shared her story of how encouraged she was after she brought her son to Kwanjora Special School and saw him walk for the first time after receiving periodic physiotherapy treatment at the school.
The Head-teacher and the parent representative concluded their speeches by expressing their appreciation and joy to the Government of Japan for supporting the school.
Mr. Ito, First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan in his speech congratulated the school and the parents for having qualified to obtain this highly competitive grant. He explained that the Government of Japan has been implementing GGP projects in Kenya for over 25 years and are happy to launch the second GGP project in Nyandarua County after more than 10 years.
In closing his remarks, he requested the parents, students and the school to commit themselves to the successful completion of the project and wished the people happiness and prosperity.