Foundation for Tomorrow (F4T) is a community focused and people centered charity working to improve the welfare of children/persons with special needs who make up 10% of the total population of Kenya. They are still among the most disadvantaged and marginalized group, experiencing discrimination at all levels of our society despite heightened campaigns to create awareness in urban centres in Kenya.
The situation is even worse in informal settlements/slums and remote rural parts of the country where a complex web of economic and social issues create barriers within the mainstream education system and socioeconomic aspects of life. Using the World Health Organization [WHO] Community Based Intervention [CBI] strategies, F4T has designed a unique Community Based Rehabilitation and Care [CBRC] programme which combines health, education and economic empowerment to address the plight of the afflicted and affected in rural parts of Kenya.
Who is a Special needs person? Special needs person is defined as an individual with a mental, emotional, or physical disability. An individual with special needs may need help with: communication, movement, self-care and decision-making e.g. Cerebral palsy, autism, down syndrome, dyslexia etc.
Through Foundation for Tomorrow special needs children's Centres we are able to address:
Health needs – Physio/occupational and speech therapy for children with developmental challenges and psycho social support for families/care givers.
Education needs – special needs education program to prepare the learners for integration and/or vocational training
Livelihood needs – skills/entrepreneurial training for the youth and Parents/care givers
Day care needs – we take care of children with special needs at our Centres to allow parents to go to work/attend to their daily activities.
The charity is headquartered in Eldoret and works in Uasin Gishu and Trans Nzoia Counties. Plans are underway to cover the other six counties of the North Rift Economic Block (NOREB) i.e. Nandi, Baringo, Turkana, West Pokot, Samburu and Elgeyo Marakwet. In Nairobi we are based at Mary Immaculate Health Centre, Bahati.