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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Start-Up (a pilot that has just started operating)
Annual budget in 2017 (USD)
Number of beneficiaries impacted so far
Secondary Focus Area
Headquarters location: Country
Headquarters location: City
Location(s) of impact
Rita educating the community about benefits of nutrition to special Needs children
Ritah is supporting the youth and the family about benefits of returning back to school, despite the discrimination from society.
special Needs children at Lorit center.
Education is a Right, even to the Special Needs
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
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