UBUNTU Made | Helping Mothers and Children with Special Needs in Kenya
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Many Kenyan communities still associate disability with curses and bad omens. The myth is the parents must have done something bad or wrong for their child to be born with any disability or special needs. This belief significantly hinders access to healthcare, education, and social inclusion for children with special needs, while outcasting their parents as well.
UBUNTU Made was created to take action and now employs mothers of special needs and disabled children - creating cotton bags, reusable coffee sleeves, and beaded bracelets, all of which are sold to provide them income and support for their children in an onsite school, the Ubuntu Special Needs Centre. This school provides the kids with specialized education, therapy and rehab services while trying to shift the mentality surrounding disabilities.
Each child is given a team of 1 occupational therapist, 1 special needs educator, & 4 caretakers. Currently, the program is helping about 50 families in the Maai Mahiu community who have children with special needs and around 230 families who have children with various neurological conditions. So incredible!!
Where can I shop UBUNTU products?:
UbuntuMade.com, Whole Foods, Zappos
What are the products made of?
Local resources out of Kenya
How can I help?
Purchase any of their products or make a one-time or monthly donation
A donation of $90/month pays for all expenses for one child!
BACKGROUND ON THE FOUNDER
It all started when Ubuntu founder, Zane Wilemon, started asking himself how he can help others, what it is he believes in, and who he'd be if he was in a foreign country. This led him to purchase a one way ticket to Kenya to explore a new journey of self-discovery and discover how he can help others. After meeting a pastor running an orphanage for 140 children in the community of Maai Mahui, the two formed a relationship and founded Ubuntu in 2003. The start of their relationship was to challenge and push each other to be their best selves and in that, Ubuntu was created to connect people to opportunities and products that are empowering others to lift themselves out of poverty.
I am so happy to have discovered this brand and hope you are too! Thank you for reading!