Institutions

Outreach Program for children with mental disabilities goes into a new phase.

- 16 “community volunteers” from two parishes receive training at Irente Rainbow School

Last year the Irente Rainbow School (IRS) started the Outreach Program supported by FELM (Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission). Aim is to serve disabled children in the District of Lushoto who live too far away to attend Rainbow School every day. 

 
Outreach Program in Bumbuli Parish
Outreach Program in Bumbuli Parish
The IRS Coordinator Caroline Bidmon, our Occupational Therapist Marion Salema and Montessori Teacher Maria Kumburu together with other staff of the school visit 13 parishes within the District Lushoto on a regular base. In cooperation with the pastors and other members of the congregation mentally disabled children and their parents are gathered. The parents are being mobilized and educated on the rights and needs of their disabled children. They also receive individual advice from the IRS staff on how to help their children to become more independent or get referrals to other institution, e.g. medical care. Up to now more than 270 individuals are registered in the program and with every visit to the parishes the number is increasing.
 
Participants of the training at IRS while visiting the neighbouring Irente School for the Blind
Participants of the training at IRS while visiting the neighbouring Irente School for the Blind
In August the Outreach Program started a new and very important phase. For five days, 16 people from Soni and Ngwelo (Bumbuli) received an introduction course in working with mentally disabled children. They stayed on the school compound and besides spending time with our pupils they were given basic instruction on different disabilities, teaching and training methods, counselling and community based rehabilitation (CBR). They also had the chance to visit the neighbouring Irente School for the Blind. It was a very successful seminar and the participants showed serious interest and enthusiasm throughout the five days. Among the participants were parents of disabled children, church elders, village chairmen and members from the diakonia committees as well as Rev. Samiael Mteri from Ngwelo Parish
Back to their home parishes these volunteers will now establish a system of regular home visits and gatherings for the families with their disabled children. In both parishes the volunteers showed also the willingness to start regular classes for these children.
Seminar for 'community volunteers' for the Outreach Program
Seminar for 'community volunteers' for the Outreach Program

 These community volunteers will be a main leg of the Outreach Program of Irente Rainbow School. The aim is to establish a support system based in the communities and therefore changing the perception and the living situation of mentally disabled people in the Tanzanian society.
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