DISABLED CHILD CARE AND SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATION, ZAMBIA
Join us as a volunteer on this rewarding Disabled Child Care Project, and make an impact in uplifting the lives of these well deserving children.

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Join us on this well deserving project and provide teaching assistance in an under-resourced home for disabled and special needs children. Physiotherapy skills are also in high demand, and this project is perfect for those with the skill, who are looking to gain valuable experience in a disadvantaged community, and make a positive impact on the lives of underprivileged children. In the afternoons volunteers assist with a wide range of Community Upliftement Programmes, such as building initiatives, adult literacy clubs, afterschool programmes, and helping out in Maramba Old People’s Home. We invite volunteers to join us in making our mark in this spirited community…

More information about the Disabled Children and Special Needs Education Programme:

Volunteers will spend their mornings assisting in Livingstone Day Cheshire Homes, which is a non-governmental institution, founded in 1996 after a survey identified a number of children with various disabilities living in the area.  The home now has over 150 children registered, with 26 of them attending school there each day, and a handful of other children sponsored by the home to attend mainstream schools in the area. Other children registered with the home are assisted through home care, and alternative means, should their needs require.

Special needs’ teaching began at the home in 2002, but was only conducted on a bi-weekly basis, and initially run by the Sisters at the home. In 2005, a retired special needs teacher came on board, but with limited classroom space, economic setbacks, and scarce resources, they are in a position of major challenges. Volunteer assistance is so highly valued, particularly qualified personnel such as teachers and physiotherapists to assist in the children’s education and rehabilitation process.

The home was sponsored a double classroom block in 2007, and these are now being used for Teaching Lessons and Physiotherapy Sessions, for children and young adults from the community.  With volunteer assistance, it could be a reality for the home to extend to reach more children in the community. 

The Home works with various organisations who offer different means of support, such as the General Hospital, who helps them to identify children who need surgery or have other rehabilitation issues. Community members and home based carers also help to identify children with disabilities and connect them with the Home.

Volunteer Activities at Cheshire Homes:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Special education
  • Referring children for surgery at Italian Hospital in Lusaka
  • Community based rehabilitation/home visits
  • Teaching activities of daily living (occupational therapy)
  • Supporting children with disabilities who have schooling requirements
  • Purchase of mobility aids such as wheelchairs, crutches, sitting aids, etc.
  • Feeding programme for children attending the school at Cheshire Homes
  • Monitoring small income-generating activities of care givers for children with disabilities

Volunteers will work alongside staff at the home, in particular providing teaching assistance, and helping to the reach the needs in this diverse age range of children. Volunteers are encouraged to introduce fresh new ideas like planning art sessions, and creating games and exercises. Physiotherapists have the opportunity of working with the sisters of the home, and assisting with the therapy.

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