|Background ||Kampala School for the physically handicapped (KSPH) is a primary school catering for the educational needs of the disabled children in Uganda. Started in 1968 by a few parents of cerebral palsied children, the school aims at educating, rehabilitating and equipping physically handicapped children for self- reliance and development. It follows the national syllabus including co-curricular activities like sports, music, dance and drama, spiritual fellowship and education tours. |
It also offers vocational subjects like tailoring, screen printing, craft, tie and dye and computer training to all the children that can not continue with further education.
The school has an enrollment of 100 pupils with physical disabilities between the ages of 6 – 18. They include those with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spinal bifida and polio amongst others.
Therefore the school specifically provides for children with special needs.
The project is located on plot 63A, Balintuma Road, Mengo (opposite the Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau) just 15 -25 minutes drive from Kampala city and 30 – 45 minutes from UPA guesthouse in Nansana.
It has a teaching staff of 13 teachers, 5 of whom are trained in special needs education with 2 of them disabled old students of the same school.
|Aim ||To educate, rehabilitate and equip physically handicapped children with skills for self- reliance and development.|
Care and assisting children in and outside classrooms
Training children in vocational subjects, games and sports and music, dance and drama.
Assist in social and physical development of the children through offering occupational and physiotherapy exercises.
|Volunteer task |
Work with the rest of the staff to provide the above to the children in this school
|Volunteer qualities || Emotionally strong. The volunteer work on this project requires a person who has close feeling for children with special needs.|
Having skills in caring for children with special needs or occupational and physiotherapy skills carries an added advantage.
Command of good communication skills
Ability to work with children with disabilities or special needs.
Working with physically disabled and special needs children call for a volunteer ready to be patient, not emotional and prepared to experience irritating situations. However, a volunteer shall be required to carry a very open heart that can accommodate these situations.
|Working hours ||Kampala School for the physically handicapped office hours are from 8:00 to 16:30. Volunteers work 5 days a week.|
|Transport ||The project is located on plot 63A, Balintuma Road, Mengo (opposite the Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau) just 15 -25 minutes drive from Kampala city and 45 minutes to 1hour from UPA gueshouse in Nansana depending on the traffic. Travel from Nansana is easy by public means, drop off at Nakulabye trading centre (Total fuel station),costing approximately 5000 UGX to and from the project. It takes between 10– 15 minutes by walking from Nakulabye via Balintuma road. You can even take a boda boda at 5000 UGX for one way|
|Accommodation ||Volunteers to this project shall stay at UPA guest house or a host family in Nansana.|
|Comments from UPA||The placement can be an interesting one because it will offer a volunteer the opportunity to assist and support people who are really in need and will highly appreciate. A volunteer should also carry an affectionate heart full of love, care and sympathy for children with special needs, command zeal committed to seeing these children live a happy life too.|
All volunteers choosing school project should always remember to consider the school holidays when the schools are closed in April, August – September and December to Early February.
|Communication ||Communication with School staff and of the children is easy since most of them can speak English |
|Past Volunteers ||From USA, Israel, Holland, Japan, Germany and Belgium|