Children’s Special Education

education-handicapt-children-project-KorceThe Kenedi Foundation helps various disabled groups such as children with cerebral palsy. There are also programs for children with autism and their parents. There is physiotherapy and concerts are given in the summer with this target group.

We will soon be integrating music therapy into our regular care for children with disabilities. This was the focus that we kept in mind when Adrian Snell came to visit this summer. He held training programs for a few staff members and missionary interns. To help this ministry into full swing we welcome Erfiola Duro on as full staff. She is pictured below with her husband. 

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Our other special education teacher does regular sessions at the church and up at the assisted living home run by the state. Her name is Elena Mecaj and she has been with our organization for sixteen years. She is pictured above right. The Kenedi Foundation held two programs up at the Azil this summer. One was a VBS with a group from Bristol and the other was music therapy sessions with Adrian Snell. To read about VBS, click here and to read about Adrian, click here.

Autism
Each morning, children and teenagers with autism meet in small groups for education on their own level. Once a month the children are visited at home. In addition, the Foundation runs a parent-support group on this underexposed theme, so parents receive advice how to treat their children well.

Celebrations
In Albania, disabled children are often hidden or unrecognized or ‘held as a baby’. To break this taboo, birthday celebrations are organized. Some children cannot wait until it’s their birthday, when they have a pie to eat, get a present and be in the spotlight. It is a nice way to show that they are unique and loved.

Cerebral Palsy
Currently six children with cerebral palsy are helped. Cerebral palsy is an impairment in motor skills which can effect changes in intellect, character, speech, vision and hearing. Some children are supported at home, others in the church. In the summer they go swimming several times, which is really special for them. Two of the children receive private lessons and follow the regular Albanian education system. Five times a week, a teacher visits the state run home for the disabled.

More help for the children
For some disabled children and their parents who live in the villages it is expensive to travel regularly to Korça for treatment.  you able to help us?!

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