Lauren Anderson via Crowdrise
July 09, 2012
To understand why I started this fundraiser, you need to know the story of a 6 year old girl named Rosie (pictured in the 1st, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 10th photo) In 2007, after the presidential elections in Kenya, there was mass ethnic violence. The majority of the violence was between the Kikuyu and Luo tribes. Rosie is part Kikuyu and part Lulya. During this time, both of Rosie's parents as well as her older brother were murdered. Only 2 years old at the time, both of her legs were chopped off below the knee and she was left to die. Miraculously she survived. Her grandmother is a remaining family member of hers, but is unable to care for her properly. Today, Rosie is a patient at the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya in Port Reiz, Mombasa. She is learning to use the prosthetic legs that have been made for her at the clinic, but she has adjusted to getting around by simply covering her knees with green rubber boots and walking directly on them. At just six years old, Rosie demonstrates the resilience and strength of someone well beyond her years. She always has the biggest smile on her face and her energy is contagious. The kindness and the positivity of kids like Rosie at APDK is beautiful and humbling. I am beyond grateful for the time that I spent with them this past fall when I studied abroad in Kenya as I had the privilege of interning at APDK for two months. APDK is a rehabilitation and surgery clinic for children with mental and physical disabilities. They provide both inpatient and outpatient services. While I was there I taught elementary level English and Math and assisted with physical therapy to kids of all ages. People with disabilities are widely discriminated against in Kenya and a pretty much non existent social sector leaves them with extremely limited opportunities. The children who are lucky enough to attend APDK, leave with a chance for a future that would have never been possible otherwise. APDK relies upon donor funding to run the clinic and about 500 dollars will cover all of the costs to rehabilitate one child. The kids at the clinic come from extremely poor families, who usually can't even afford the 5 dollars it costs to transport their child to the clinic. Recognizing the clinic’s need for funding, I began a project the last two weeks I spent there. 23 students of mine as well as a few staff members at the clinic helped to make around 700 beaded bracelets! Now, I am hoping to sell these bracelets and donate all proceeds towards rehabilitation/surgery and school fees for the kids at the clinic.
*For 10 dollars, I will send you a bracelet with a card including a photo of the child who made it and a little bit about them. Send me your address, whether you would like a child or adult size, and what colors of beads you like. I will do my best to accomodate your requests while the bracelets last. Any donation amount is encouraged!!!
To learn more about APDK you can visit their website at http://www.apdkrehabclinic.org/
or their facebook page here http://www.facebook.com/pages/APDK-REHABILITATION-CLINIC/141953399220834
**If you are interested in:
-sponsoring a specific child's education
-donating school supplies
-any other donation items
please email me for more information at: