Lorit Special Education And Child Development Center-Uganda

Lorit aims to promote the education of children with disabilities especially those with Autism to get independent and life changing skills.

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  • English

Organization name

Lorit SEACDC

Year founded

2016

Initiative stage

  • Start-Up (a pilot that has just started operating)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $1k - $10k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 10 - 50

Organization type

  • Social enterprise

Secondary Focus Area

  • Rural development
  • Nutrition

Headquarters location: Country

  • Uganda

Headquarters location: City

Kampala

Location(s) of impact

1. kampala 2. Arua 3.Gulu

Facebook URL

https://www.facebook.com/ugandaspecialeducationalschool/

Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

There are low levels of education attained by children with disabilities in Uganda and these form 16% of the 36.6 million people in the country . This is due to poverty and the high costs in education. Nonetheless, there are negative attitudes towards people with disabilities and this creates neglect to their education needs, simply because parents with disabled children expect very low performance and grades from school compared to their peers who score higher in grades and are guaranteed future employment.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

we use an holistic approach where families and the general population are educated about the need to help and integrate those with special needs in society. This is mainly done in communities through story telling where parents testify their daily struggles of raising a disabled child and the need to seek help. In return this strategy has made our project popular by connecting well with people who seek our occupational services, speech and language therapy, ABA therapy, First Aid and Nutrition advice that are provided by qualified professionals. Through our therapeutic approach mainly at Lorit center, we have provided independent and life changing skill to special needs children like feeding and dressing them selves, toilet training and learning to request for something through speech motivation. This has saved parents a lot of money from hiring carers. We expect to bridge the gap of 103,464 disabled children in Uganda who are out of education and luck proper facilities and equipment.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

There has been an increase in the awareness of different types of disability among communities in Uganda and as a result people are adapting to live side by side and provide support for people with disability. In return this has increased the self esteem and respect for children with disabilities. Also the center has provided respite care to the special needs children which in return has encouraged mothers to get into full time employment and other income generating activities like farming, to improve their standards of living than it would have been when in full time care for their disabled children. Initially our project started working with5 families that we promoted access to services and opportunities for those with special needs and their families through sensitisation, advocacy, and providing cost effective and sustainable services.To date our social enterprise works with over35 families and the number of people seeking to get trained and employed in special needs is high

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

At the moment the founder is financing the whole project from her savings, but looking for potential funders, individual donations/gifts, grants and corporate contributions. However, the center will start providing paid services like training students and the general public in courses like speech and Language therapy, Occupation therapy, Applied Behavioral Therapy,Nutrition, Health and Safety/ First Aid. These courses are lucking in Uganda and yet the demand sor people with such skills is very high.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

Unlike other special Education Needs providers who strictly look at only the education needs of a child and target parents with high incomes, our initiative works with the general population to break the barriers to disability so that parents can realize the potential of their disabled children. In fact, these children can perform well at school when supported to acquire life changing skills which they can explore to earn a living and still lead a meaningful life like their peers.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

I founded this initiative after my child was diagnosed with Autism in 2012. she is none verbal with severe learning disabilities and with high sensory processing disorders. At the time got so frustrated and up set after realising my child had a life time disability. In 2013 I decided to leave London and go visit my parents back in Uganda. However, shocked when I was advised to offer my child as a sacrifice to witch doctors since she was believed to be possessed by spirits because she behaved differently compared to her peers. I asked if the community was aware of how Autism affects someone but to my surprise most people had never heard of the word AUTISM. while in Uganda i saw children behaving just like mime but locked up in homes. it was at this point that I realised these parents needed help on how to handle their children. last year I started the project and a lo of parents joined

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

  • Social media

Evaluation results

6 evaluations so far

1. Overall evaluation

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 100%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 0%

3 - I think the idea is great, but it needs some work before it moves onto the next round. - 0%

2 - I liked it fine but preferred others. - 0%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. Needs significant revisions. - 0%

2. Innovation

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 16.7%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 83.3%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

3. Social and/or Environmental Impact

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 83.3%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 16.7%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

4. Financial sustainability

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 100%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 50%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 25%

Nothing stands out! I thought it was great. - 0%

5. Potential to Scale / Replicability

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 16.7%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 50%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 33.3%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

6. Organizational Leadership

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 66.7%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 16.7%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 16.7%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

7. Potential for Creating Shared Value

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 66.7%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 33.3%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

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Photo of Aimable Nyandwi

By the matter in its sincerity i am very excited by this idea in that inclusive education is required in all localities and this is the preoccupation of your entity i appreciate more. moreover it makes sense your examples should be emulated by others.

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Photo of Ritah

Hi Aimable,
Thank you so much for your great insight indeed a community that encourages inclusion is worth being part of especially to the disabled community. Your initiative is such a great one am sure those in your community feel delighted to have your support.

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Photo of Shazeeb

Great initiative! Hope your project will ensure a better life for children with disabilities and their families. Truly a cause worth supporting!

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Photo of Ritah

Thank you so much Shazeeb for the kind and motivating words. Your initiative is great too and imagine having a world where we all enjoy drinking clean water without having to suffer from water born diseases. Am sure the people of Bangaladesh will benefit a lot from it.

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Photo of Mouhamadou Moustapha Seck

Thank you for your initiative. aproject with a great message.

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Photo of Ritah

Thanks Mouhamadou you have a great initiative too.

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Photo of Mouhamadou Moustapha Seck

Thank you too Ritah 

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Photo of Jonathan Litscher

Congratulations Ritah, yours is a truly inspiring story. I'm impressed by your determination to help other families with children with disabilities. From my own experience in rural Mozambique, I know that with so many social problems affecting everyone, children with disabilities are often marginalised and forgotten. Your work gives hope to these people. I like that you are working on a self-sustaining funding model by providing paid-for training courses as well. That may be key to your success in growing the initiative.

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Thank you so.much Jonathan for your great insight towards my project indeed so much needs to be done for the disabled communities. Sustainability is key to any social business with the current cuts in governments, I thought charging a fee for our courses will help meet the costs.
You got a great idea too most African farmers will benefit from your great idea especially keeping up with demand for fruits even during scarcity or out of season.

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Photo of Old Friend

This is a great concept for children with disabilities in Uganda. There are scant resources available to support them and their parents. It shall always be a challenge to set up sustainable solutions for this sad situation. Good work.

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Thanks James indeed our disabled communities are very marginalised and so much has to be done
You have a great idea too and I think those in the agricultural sector will benefit a lot from your ambitions.

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Photo of Imani lubaba

greate idea

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Photo of Ritah

Thanks Imani you have a great idea too such contributions can greatly change the world.