SEP Kenya Newsletter July 2022
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Dear readers,

Time for more news to share! We’ll start with the great news that we finally have our van! After some hiccups we got everything sorted and received it with lots of enthousiasm! The long wait had us extra excited, so a celebratory nyama choma (roasted goat) evening was organized to commemorate this big step and baptize the vehicle.

The first trip was to Lokichar, a real road trip that took us 12 hours with a few stops included. A very good test for the brand new van, as we drove on tarmac, off road, in the bush… and the van performed well! It was also able to accommodate the team from the centre in Lokichar when we went for home visits, and to Lodwar.

We continued with peer workshops in 4 schools, explaining Learning Disabilities (with a main focus on Dyslexia) to children from pre-primary 2 (PP2) till grade 3. The primary school children really impressed us with how well they remembered the previous conditions we talked about.
We also welcomed our donors who visited SEP to elaborate on our activities and programmes. In March eRko Slovakia came to visit, and in June Misereor and Miva representatives were in Nairobi. It was nice to finally meet them in person!

We had a great fundraiser theatre performance in Nairobi, all people who joined really appreciated the show! Kolabo was active in Belgium with a lively music performance and market stalls with products from Kenya.
Despite all this positive news, the situation in Kenya is very challenging for the moment. There is drought, harvests have failed, prices of the basic food and transport have shot up. During our visits to the communities we are confronted by the harsh living conditions as food is scarce and very expensive. The political climate is heating up with the two main parties campaigning in different parts of Kenya. We hope for a peaceful outcome of the elections in August, and most of all that we are able to continue our activities throughout the coming months.

 A big thank you to all friends of SEP. We are making a difference with your continued support!

Enjoy the reading,

Karolien Remmerie
Director SEP

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SEP on Wheels                                             

The SEP van is finally with us! We baptised and blessed it with a great goat eating party. The van immediately experienced a great challenge… take the team to the desert 12 hours away from Nairobi. It is comfortable, has good acoustics and takes climbing lanes with ease. It does not like short bumps and sand terrain. We are looking forward to many more trips. We want to thank Miva Switzerland and Provincie West-Vlaanderen Belgium for their donation towards this van!

First road trip to Lokichar and Lodwar           

The first trip for the van ‘Tembo’ (elephant in Swahili) was a real road trip! Almost 12 hours of driving to reach the centre in Lokichar where we were welcomed by the children. SEP had 2 days of consultations and workshops. The home visits confirmed again that grandmothers play a crucial role in the development  of children with disabilities. We continued our journey to Lodwar where we facilitated practical workshops for the caregivers and parents of Ewoi centre, together with our partners from John Paul II centre Lokichar.


Splinting to improve hand function                


SEP held a training on splinting for staff and intern members. A full day of assessing children at our partner organisation SCOM, brainstorming about the most appropriate splints, and making the relevant pattern. The participants had a first trial making splints with POP (Plaster of Paris) while the facilitator demonstrated with the real orthoplast material. A few practical sessions are planned to master the skills.

 Donor visits                                                  


SEP received representatives of most donor organizations over the last few months, after a long travel break due to Covid-19. The project manager from eRko Slovakia visited the workshop and received a crash training on the appropriate paper based technology.  The desk officer of Misereor Germany visited our office and the project coordinator Miva Switzerland and the director joined us on a trip to Kaewa to learn more about the Wezesha project. It was nice to meet them physically and share success stories and challenges.

 Peer workshops                                           


SEP had the next peer workshops on learning disabilities, often labeled as the invisible disabilities. The focus was mainly on dyslexia and writing problems. Have you ever read a text without having a clue about the content? Or read a text with unusual spacing and reversals? Or written your name with your non dominant hand? This is what the children from pre-primary 2 up to grade 3 experienced this time, putting a lot of effort without getting the expected result. It was nice to hear their feedback!

Dance for Youth                                            


Finally, after a long Covid break, youth with disabilities flocked towards the Sarakasi Dome again! They danced, sang, learned new moves, watched performances…. and had a blast. The next edition is in October and we are looking forward to having even more youth joining! A big thanks to the schools, the Sarakasi and SEP teams who joined, and our donor who continues to support and believe in this wonderful event.

Drama and Music for SEP                            


SEP and Kolabo engaged in fundraising activities. In Nairobi we watched a fabulous theatre performance “Supernova” by actor Martin Kigondu.

In Kortrijk Belgium the audience enjoyed an amazing performance by the band “t Amalou”.

Kolabo also took part in a market sale where Kenyan craftwork was presented in a very attractive way. Thanks to the organizers and the audiences for the successful events!

Thank you!                                                    


SEP wants to thank all our long-term partners Comundo, eRko, Misereor, COTRR and the partner organisations where SEP runs the activities. We continuously engage in evaluating our activities and the impact we have on the lives of children with disabilities.

A big thank you to the SEP staff who runs the activities for their input and their belief in the work that they are doing! It is not always easy to be confronted with challenges that we as SEP cannot tackle.

More Exciting News                                             

The next phase for SEP is to build a training centre. This was very clear during our court case exercise during the strategic planning weekend. The team unanimously voted for a centre! SEP has grown into a training body working on many different levels and with a variety of target groups. It is time to make this visible to the larger community!

The Appropriate Paper Based Technology workshop is in full gear! New designs and different materials are tried out.

We have found the right material to make "gaiters", so very soon they will be ready for distribution!
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