Our achievements

OUR ACHIEVEMENTS 

Since its inception, NFSS has noted several key achievements such as follow:

  • Good relations with Ministry of Health who second therapists to work in our rehabilitation clinics.
  • Have a good networking structure with other organizations
  • We have had a great impact to the community on issues of persons with disability through the implementation of our programs.
  • Continuous capacity building opportunities from donors.


CASE STUDY ON EARLY IDENTIFICATION

On 28th January 2008 a baby boy was born in the suburb of Kibera. Being the first born of Morris Odhiambo and Lucy Achieng, Faiz Ifram was received with much joy by the couple. The pregnancy period was all smooth without any hitches until the baby was delivered.

 

After birth Faiz was achieving all the developmental milestones as a result the parents did not suspect of any challenge facing him. It is not until at the age of 5 months, when he started crawling, the parents noted that he constantly knocked on objects on his way. They did not suspect that there was something wrong with his vision since he was very fast in adapting to his new environment and objects around him. For years his condition remained undiscovered and his mastery in mobility and orientation grew even better. Using the 4 steps stairs at his home entrance and walking independently became as easy as a, b, c. however, touch was his main sense of orientation and mobility.

 

When Faiz reached a point of interacting with other kids his age, the parents noted that he had a hard time in socializing with other kids especially verbally and active participation in play games. They sought opinion from various quarters and were given various explanations, suggestions and recommendations based on testimonials, stories, myths and believe.

 

In the month of September 2011 a community based volunteer in Kibera identified and referred him to Nairobi Family Support Services center for rehabilitation services. Upon arrival, he was enrolled for therapy sessions on every Wednesday as we monitored him. We also engaged him and the parents in our December 2011 communication training with the aim of understanding his communication channels with the aim of improving and introducing new effective communication concepts and skills.  Recommendations made by the master trainer, Stella, included integration to an early childhood development center where he could upgrade his social skills and a clinical assessment of his vision and hearing degree.

 

January 2012 he was placed in an early Childhood Centre, Little rock, in Kibera where he spent most of his time during the week days. We later did a follow up 1 month later and to our surprise he actually could bubble the vowels, enjoy turn taking activities and show intentions of responding to simple commands. Although teachers at the center claimed not to clearly understand his condition they decree him as a very bright student.

 

After the follow up and consultation we decided that it was the high time for Faiz to join a better established institution of learning but before that a detailed clinical assessment was vital to ensure a proper school placement.

 

February 2012 we facilitated for a clinical assessment at Prime eye clinic and Kenyatta National Hospital to ascertain his vision and hearing degree. One of our fears was confirmed that he had optic atrophy, totally blind, as a result of possibly having had his optic nerves damaged during delivery. Fortunately, brain evoked responses auditory results indicated normal hearing on both ears.

 

This was the Gateway to a well established school and 7th May 2012 Faiz was transferred to a public school, Kilimani Primary school, and was placed in the low vision unit. At the school his Activities of daily living, mobility, socialization and language greatly improved. He comfortably express himself with two to three word sentences, for example “nataka kucheza” (I want to play), “nataka kukojoa” (I want to use the toilet), “enda nyumbani sasa” (time to go home). Teachers at the unit and the school admire his personality term him as a genius “Faiz ni mwerevu sana, hata alizoea shule very fast na understanding yake ni mzuri” (“faiz is clever, his understanding is good and got used to the school surrounding very fast”) teacher Jackline said. Mrs. Clara, head of low vision department, appreciated for the effort input from the time of his identification to school placement. Faiz is currently being introduced to the white cane orientation at school and also engaged in the home based communication concept and skills training.

 

Faiz Ifram is a model that shows how early identification and intervention may facilitate ones independence in the future. His courage and determination can be emulated worldwide.