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).

Daily Schedule

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
Thursday: Gym
Friday: Drama Session
4.00pm - 4.30pm Relaxation (video/music/games)
4.30pm - 5.00pm Departure

Bakery Workshop

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.

Crafts Workshop

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.

Candle Workshop

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.

Kitchen Workshop

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. 

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