Sometimes, people with intellectual disabilities are viewed as little more than a drain on the community’s resources. But as we like to say, “Disability is not inability”. Through our workshops, the core members use their skills to make unique contributions to the small and wider community. Knowing this, they can wake up each morning with a sense of purpose and fall asleep each night with a sense of pride.
Day Care Activities are run from 8 am to 5 pm from Monday to Friday. Activities include Occupational Therapy through work (morning) and leisure and therapy sessions in the afternoon. Apart from these group activities, some core members attend individual physiotherapy sessions organised by the Community Programme for People living with Disabilities (St. Martin CSA).
|8.00am - 8.30am||Arrival|
|8.30am - 9.00am||Welcome, prayer and daily meeting|
|9.00am - 10.30am||
Workshops in Boston House - session 1:
(Crafts, Bakery, Candle, Kitchen)
|10.30am - 11.00am||Tea break|
|11.00am - 12.30pm||
Workshops in Boston House - session 2
(Crafts, Bakery, Candles, Kitchen)
|12.30pm - 1.00pm||Cleaning of the workshop|
|1.00pm - 1.45pm||Lunch|
|1.45pm - 2.45pm||Siesta|
|3.00pm - 4.00pm||Afternoon activities|
Monday: Creative Prayer
Tuesday: Core-members meeting [self-advocacy]
Wednesday: Music Session
Friday: Drama Session
|4.00pm - 4.30pm||Relaxation (video/music/games)|
|4.30pm - 5.00pm||Departure|
The smell of fresh biscuits probably attracts more customers than our signs. This is our newest and most promising workshop, but at the moment, we are still testing the market. Mary and Monicah are the biscuit-inspectors (a job many of us would dream of having). They make sure the biscuits taste as nice as they look. If they pass the test, they go on the shelf. If not, the biscuits stay on the table, but rest assured, they don’t last long.
Handmade cards are perfect souvenirs from Kenya for many tourists who visit St. Martin. Michael, Musa, and Wacuka release their creativity and improve their manual skills by designing and creating the cards.
Making candles can be a relaxing and rewarding work activity. Nothing quite compares to the feeling of pride that comes from looking at a beautiful, burning candle and knowing that your hands created it. Each day, Mutahi and Munyua make beautiful candles. Their candles are sold in our Curio Shop and in outlets throughout Kenya.
Each day we cook lunch for all the people in the workshops. The cooking itself represents also a workshop where core-members help with shopping, preparing and cooking for up to 40 hungry people.