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youthday21 2We planned the event over a couple of weeks. A few youth, assistants and core members teamed up to organize the event for the youth by the youth. We named it YOUTH DAY 2021.

The goal of the event is to nominate youth ambassadors to spearhead their peers’ efforts in support of people with intellectual disabilities.  It will also offer them a chance to begin learning leadership skills early.

Some of the activities planned for the day included a spiritual input from Ps. Gitari, life testimony from one of the pioneer volunteers in the outreach programme and sharing of personal experiences by guardians and people living with a disability.  The icing on the cake was a fashion show.

All the participants put their best effort in the activities.  We sang, danced, cat walked and wore our fanciest costumes. 

In the end, the following were announced as the first among equals

Miss L’Arche Kenya - Esther Njeri

Mr. L’Arche Kenya – Robert   Kinyanjui

Miss L’Arche Kenya special category – Keziah Wanjiku

Mr. L’Arche Kenya special category – Michael Kariuki

My congratulations to the named individuals.  Kindly be aware that this is only the beginning.  We expect a lot from you. 

In the same breath, I invite all the other youth to rally behind their leaders for mutual betterment of lives of both people with and without disabilities.  Today we have our leaders but tomorrow we will be the ones called upon to lead.

Kudos to the organizers and participants for a wonderful event.  Looking forward to next year’s event

Programmes

  • Effatha and Betania Home

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    At the centre of L'Arche Kenya are the two homes, Effatha and Betania, where people with intellectual disabilities live and work together with their assistants. The core members find there a safe and supportive environment that allows them to pursue their own interests and grow. The homes also serve as a showpiece to the communities an how to give people with disabilities a normal and dignified life.

  • Occupational Therapy Workshops

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    L’Arche Kenya also implements an occupational therapy programme that provides adults with intellectual disabilities with a meaningful engagement while nurturing their gifts. Currently, the organization supports 33 adults in various workshops. candle-making workshop, craft workshop, sensory workshop, kitchen and catering workshop, cleaning workshop and carpentry workshop. These workshops give persons with intellectual disabilities with real-life work experience and prepare them for integration into employment.

  • Disability Outreach Programme

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    The Disability Outreach Programme links the organization to the local community by providing spaces for PWIDs to make known their gifts and offering services to children, youth and adults with various disabilities. Some of the activities include:

    • Advocacy forums at the grassroots level to advocate for the inclusion of persons with disabilities
    • Community engagement and mobilization to address the issues  that persons with disabilities encounter
  • Social Enterprise

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    L’Arche Kenya runs a social enterprise that aims at providing the organization with some level of financial sustainability as well as showcasing the gifts of our core-members through internal work placement. The projects include the Marleen gift shop, a bakery, the Maranatha welcome and rescue unit, a leather workshop,a  poultry project, and a vegetable farm.

  • Marleen Crafts

     

     

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    At Marleen Crafts, we sell the produce of your social enterprise.

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