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SEP Kenya commented on Ubuntu Special Needs Centre

Special Education Professionals (SEP Kenya [www.sepkenya.com]), a non-profit based in Nairobi, provides therapies for children with special needs and trainings for professionals, teachers and families. Our occupational therapists, special needs teachers, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists and psychologists practice a transdisciplinary approach that aims at triggering the child's fullest potential and empowering its social network. SEP doesn't operate in its own centre but partners with different organisations in order to support their staff, employees and children.

SEP's partnership with Ubuntu goes back to 2008. Our professionals resort to Ubuntu's centre in Maai Mahiu in order to support the local staff on their request. We provide consultations for children and trainings, covering a broad field of topics related to child development and disabilities. SEP's services foster Ubuntu's impact on their community and help them achieve their goals towards the enabling of children with special needs and the empowerment of their families and social networks.

The collaboration is based on a formal agreement between Ubuntu and SEP. Until now, SEP was able to provide its services without costs for Ubuntu. The strong link between our two organisations is further underlined by the fact that Ubuntu's therapeutical staff members are also active members of SEP, participating at SEP's CPD trainings and volunteering for the cause of children with disabilities at public events.

Over the years SEP was in a privileged position to observe Ubuntu's development. It's quantitative growth from a community support initiative taking care of a few children towards a centre including 50 students is accompanied by a strong qualitative improvement. Ubuntu's approach, linking medical aspects of disabilities with educational and social inclusion, has proved to have created an efficient and sustainable impact on the children's community. These benefits redound to the children's empowerment and independence.

SEP fully supports Ubuntu's submission to this challenge and looks forward to emphasize its collaboration in order to achieve our common targets.