Special Children's Trust
It is estimated that approximately 23% of the Ugandan population has some form of disability, 3.5 million of which are children. On average, only 10% of people with disabilities receive supportive measures, technology, or instruments. Most of them die before their tenth birthday or grow up with secondary deformities and live a life of dependency. There are still many myths and beliefs surrounding disability that lead to stigma, discrimination and neglect of children with disabilities. The Special Children’s Trust was established to meet the needs of families with disabled children in whatever way possible, whilst also showing them the extent of the love God has for them and the family He blessed them with.
SCT provides services directly through Mukisa Foundation in Lungujja, Dawn Children’s Centre in Bukoto, and in collaboration with more than 80 organisations to provide Education, Healthcare, Advocacy and Awareness, Resource mobilization and Capacity building for parent, teachers, health workers, leaders and like-minded organisations.
With a staff team of 65 and a number of volunteers, SCT uses a unique child centred 360 model which focuses on all aspects of the child that usually present as barriers to the child’s social inclusion and participation to their God given potential.
SCT also conducts regular media outreach campaigns, and meets actively with legislators in Parliament, Government Officials, Parents, Community Leaders as well as Service Providers to ensure that children with disability are catered for at all levels of society.
Every year for the last six years, SCT has held an Awareness and Fun Day for children with disabilities that brings together children, families, leaders and well-wishers to create more awareness, as well as showcase the abilities of the children. In the last year over 1,000 children from different organizations participated in an awareness march, music, dance, sports and other fun activities.