Caring and Nurturing

We see every person as a young sapling and our motto is "Caring and Nurturing" for every one of these saplings to strengthen their roots and allow their flowers to blossom. We care and nurture the potential that is in them, channeling it into skills that would be useful for daily living and future vocational skills.

Sapling Trust Profile

TEAM OF STAFF
All the staff at Sapling are qualified and experienced in their fields of service. They discharge their duties professionally and regularly update themselves on new developments in the field. Mercy Nemah Baya is the administrator and sees to the day to day running of the centre.
The Physiotherapy, Occupational therapy and Special Education departments are respectively headed by Mr. Alfred Omoi, Mr. Wilfred Mutambuki and Ms Pauline Njau. They all have several years of experience working with children with special needs.

FOR WHOM DO WE CATER?
A child with special needs is one who has delayed developmental milestones and is unable to cope with the regular school curriculum. Such a child needs specialized education and therapeutic programs.

We cater for children with the following needs:

§ Attention Deficit Disorder / Hyperactive
§ Autism
§ Cerebral Palsy
§ Sensory Integration Disorders
§ Communication Disorders
§ Down Syndrome
§ Learning Difficulties
§ Delayed Milestones
§ Visual and Hearing impairments.

WHAT AGE?
At Sapling Trust Foundation we believe that the earlier the intervention the better the prognosis. We cater for all persons with special needs though we put more emphasis on children.

SERVICES PROVIDED
· Educational Assessment and individualized education program
· Occupational Therapy and Sensory Integration Therapy
· Physiotherapy
· Nutrition advice
· Speech and language therapy
· Braille
· Remedial Teaching
· Extra curriculum activities e.g. swimming, music, art and craft, rabbit keeping
· Parents support group
· Counseling

OTHER SERVICES:
Our Physiotherapy and Occupational therapy departments also cater for
· Stroke rehabilitation
· Low back pain
· Post Fracture and Dislocation management
· Rheumatoid Arthritis
· Osteoarthritis
· Post Meningitis Management
· Club foot (CTEV) correction
· Genu varum/valgas
· Erbs Palsy with Splinting,etc

PHYSIOTHERAPY
It is the art and science of physical care and rehabilitation. The main aim is to maintain and restore the maximum movement and functional ability throughout the life span. In Physiotherapy we deal with Prevention, diagnosis and treatment of patients with physical disorders and ability.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
Occupational therapy is a health profession with a goal to help people achieve independence, meaning and satisfaction in all aspects of their lives. An occupational therapist engages in evaluation and management of problems interfering with the occupational and /or school performance.

SENSORY INTEGRATION THERAPY
This is the process of registering, organizing, processing and interpreting sensory stimulus in the brain in order to elicit an adaptive response making it possible to use the body effectively within the environment.

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY
This is for persons with speech and language disorders.
A speech disorder is where a person has a problem with the actual production of sounds, whereas a language disorder refers to a difficulty understanding or putting words together to communicate ideas.
Therapy is provided on an individual basis but also as support for individual families, support groups and providing information for the general public.

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
Literacy, numeracy, communication and life skills provide the core of our curriculum which is further enhanced by a broad spread of other subjects. The key to our success is our ability to assess the specific academic and social needs of student before entry. Each student's Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed in consultation with teachers, parents and therapists. This provides the frame work for learning. Progress is constantly monitored and full terms reports are produced for guidance and reference.

Small class sizes allow for individual attention in a friendly, caring community. Qualified and experienced teachers provide a stimulating, relevant and challenging educational environment.

CO-CURRICULUM ACTIVITIES:
Swimming, art and music lessons are provided to enhance student's confidence, talents and physical power.

VOCATIONAL SKILLS
Beading, Carpentry and Rabbit keeping skills are provided.

FUNDING
Sapling Trust Foundation is a nonprofit making organization. The initial funding of the Centre was done by the Trustees. We target all children and people with special needs, regardless of their social economic status. We charge a reasonable fee for our services to all who can afford to pay. Subsidies are offered to those parents who we have established cannot afford to pay the fees. We welcome well-wishers to come forward and sponsor the fees for any child whose parents cannot afford to pay fees.
In some instances parents have enrolled children at the Centre but later have found it difficult to continue paying fees due to their financial circumstances. We do not turn these children away as it is important for them to continue with learning and therapy. Instead we try and find sponsors willing to sponsor the fees.

If anyone would like to sponsor equipment, sponsor to pay fees of children whose families cannot meet the costs, sponsor generally to assist us to realize our vision then please contact us. The Foundation would be happy to publicly recognize your contribution to the Centre in a mutually agreed way. Companies who have a corporate social responsibility programme may also be interested to advertise on our website.

FUTURE
Sapling Trust Foundation foresees a future where all children and people living with special needs will be well catered for at a place that is easily accessible and providing services that are at par with best practices internationally. We see a future where the community accepts, respects and values people with special needs and creates policies that take their special needs into consideration.