We are currently fundraising to build a Special Needs School and a Training Centre in Dagoretti, a verdant and serene location on the outskirts of Nairobi. The new buildings will replace the existing Acorn Special Needs School that was established in 1999. The school has established itself as a recognised stakeholder in matters pertaining to disability issues. The school has an open admissions policy: all students are welcome regardless of their economic status; parents pay according to their financial ability.
Working together, the Acorn School and Salama Charities have also identified the need to build a training facility where parents, caregivers and teachers can be trained and equipped with skills to work with their children with disabilities at school and/or home. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the urgency of this need. It will also be used as a training and conference centre to generate income to enable it to be self sustaining and provide assistance to students who need financial support.
Acorn is a programme that caters for learners with intellectual disabilities with students ranging from 0 - 4 years in the early intervention programme to those of 5 years to adults in the individualised educational programme (IEP) and vocational programme. The school aspires to accommodate 50 students, between the ages of 4 to adults.
The school will include the following:
The training centre will include the following:
Our target is $363,241 and we have raised $66,366 thus far.
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