Kahesa Zanzibar Centre to Enable Intellectually Challenged
To provide a vital service non-existent in Zanzibar to increase the well-being of children with Down syndrome, autism, and development delay
What problem does your idea solve?
The problem is Zanzibar is that children (and adults for that matter) with intellectual disabilities such as Down syndrome and autism are victimized and stigmatized. In both cases they are prone to all kinds of abuses. There is a lack of access to services and disability education within the community. The Kahesa Zanzibar Centre intends to fill that gap to provide services to increase the well-being of persons with disabilities through art and music therapy.
Explain your idea
I would be able to create a team of professionals, volunteer and paid, to provide art therapy and music therapy to increase the well being of the children, to bring them out of the house and into our centre with various art and music therapy sessions per day. We would also help to break stigmatisation by showcasing their work through exhibitions and have them interact with the community. They could also do music performances at the various music and film festivals in Zanzibar. It would increase their behaviour, social and communication skills, make them happier, as well as their families, and allow them to have more confidence, thus a brighter future.
Children from age 3 to 18 with intellectual disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism, Global Development Delay, and in some cases Cerebral Palsy
How is your idea unique?
It is unique in the sense that no one else is providing such a service in Zanzibar. (see in the idea above as to the reason it is not being provided for at all in Zanzibar).
Tell us more about you
I am a human rights activist for 25 years. I worked at local, regional and international level, and in East Africa for 15 years (on off). I have worked in Zanzibar at the Zanzibar Legal Service Centre and the Legal and Human Rights Center in Dar Es Salaam, establishing their first Monitoring division. I have established KAHESA PAPER in Kenya for young adults to have jobs since 2012, and the company will be run by someone else while Kahesa in Zanzibar will be an NGO run by me.
What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?
I have to say I think I have it well figured out! Except for where we will find some of the art and music supplies, though I can always get these in Nairobi where I am currently living (about to move to Zanzibar in two months).
Where will your idea be implemented?
Experience in Implementation Country(ies)
Yes, for more than one year.
Expertise in Sector
I've worked in a sector related to my idea for more than a year.
We are not registered but plan to in the future.
Mature Growth/Currently Operating: I am currently implementing this idea but may still be iterating.