Kakunyu Parents’ Support Group

The Association started in 2000 as a group of three concerned parents of children with disabilities, while they were sitting under the trees mourning the conditions of their children and sharing ideas on how to help their children. The idea of forming a Parent Support Group (PSG) was conceived by those parents of children with learning disabilities in Kakunyu village, Nkoni parish, Kingo Subcounty, Masaka district.

The encouragement, mutual support, and advice from CBR workers and well-wishers helped the group to grow more and more, to the extent of starting a home-based programme to help their children learn Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).

Part of Rwengo District PSG

With the support of National Parents Support Associations, the group has grown to the heights. The PSG is registered at the subcounty, and is well known by the subcounty authorities.

Kakunyu PSG is part of the Rwengo District PSG, an umbrella of nine groups. These groups are at subcounty level and representatives from each group represent them to the district level. Some groups are active and some are inactive; this makes it complex to assist them in the same way.

Briefing the subcounty authorities

With the support from USDC TDH Project, which supports the parents meetings, and paying for school fees where parents move from village to village, the Kakunyu PSG came to the notice of the subcounty authorities.  The parents were given chance to brief the subcounty authorities on what they are doing. “It was a great pleasure for us, as parents, to stand before the full-to-capacity hall of intellectuals and political leaders listening to us”, the group chairperson said.

The group has gained a lot of strength being the first organised group of this kind in the subcounty, which has helped them to benefit from government programs like  NAADS.

Kakunyu School

The PSG, mainly comprising parents of children with learning disabilities, hatched an idea of starting a school known as KAKUNYU SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS in one of their members’ homes. The school started as a humble one and was only recognised and encouraged by a few individuals. But it has attracted a number of sympathisers who have contributed greatly to its growth; for instance, the members acquired land in 2008 where to construct a new school. The project is funded by a friend of the school from UK , Ms Janet Lowe. The first phase of the school is completed, and we are awaiting more funds to complete.

With the support from TDH, in terms of scholastic materials, learning aids and supporting 5 children in the school, the number of children enrolled in the school has increased to 57 children to date. (August 2010).

Other projects implemented by the PSG

  • Identification and referral for children with disabilities
  • Organizing sensitisation and development meetings
  • Practising modern agriculture at household level
  • Raising awareness on disability,  HIV/AIDS and other Health-related issues
  • Promoting the rights of children with disabilities
  • Organising exchange visits for knowledge and experience sharing