ABOUT US

Oyesigye Special Child Foundation

The Background:

Oyesigye Special Child Foundation is an indigenous Countrywide Non-government organisation Reg No. INDR165125786NB and Permit No. INDP0005786NB with a main office at Plot 753, Block 2, Nyakakoni, Ruti, Mbarara City South, Mbarara City and a satellite office at Plot 116, Kyadondo road, Namirembe, Rubaga Division, Kampala.
The Foundation started as a Community Based Organisation in 2016.
The founding of OSCF was as a result of a realisation that a good number of children with disabilities and other special needs were under served. Others, were not identified by any authority and were at the mercy of their parents and guardians who kept them under cover for fear of stigma. A good number bounced back home as many schools were not welcoming as for the attitude, environment and limited appropriate resources. On the other hand, lack of skills among the teachers was a barrier to inclusion of these children. Well-wishers decided to form an organisation to fill the gaps.

Vision

OSCF envisions a society where children with disabilities and other special needs have been released from their economic, social, and physical poverty and have become responsible and fulfilled independent adults.

Mission

OSCF endeavors to unleash the potential of children with disabilities & other special needs to succeed in life through providing education, livelihood skills and integrative holistic therapeutic services.

Motto

‘Incipiens a potentia’ (starting from the strength)

Goal

The goal of OSCF is to contribute towards improving the living standards of children with disabilities & other special needs and their families through education, rehabilitation, community mobilisation, advocacy and training actors in special needs & disability related fields.

Strategy

A sustainable strategy is devised to achieve the maximum, needs and rights based approach that is backed by community involvement with full mobilisation and utilisation of indigenous and local resources.

Objectives of the foundation:

  • i) Building a data bank of children with disabilities and other forms of special needs.

  • ii) Identification & assessment of children with disability and other forms of special needs.

  • iii) Preparing children with disability and other forms of special needs for inclusion into the community facilities including schools.

  • iv) Offering appropriate therapeutic/ treatment services to release the children from handicapping conditions.

  • v) Soliciting & coordinating sponsorships for children with disability and other special needs for education and other social services.

  • vi) Offering and or /organizing for vocational skills training for children & youth.

  • vii) Sensitising the community on the plight of children with disability and other forms of special needs.

Our programs

  • i) Inclusive education support services
    We don’t run a school but we prepare children either at home or at school to be able to be included in school and other social environments through:
    –      Assessing learners’ needs to ensure appropriate placement
    –      Training parents to teach self-help skills to their children (bathing, brushing teeth toileting, dressing, etc.
    –      Training parents to use locally available resources to habilitate/ rehabilitate their children at home (i.e. making parallel bars, corner seats, etc.)
    –      Training teachers in inclusive education principles & practices, and development of Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)
    –      Training teachers in the production and or/ adaption of Educational materials for learners with special learning needs.
    –      Offering one-on-one professional guidance to teachers on how to use reasonable accommodation to include children with special needs in class.
    –      Training or organizing the training of sign language to teachers, parents, or other caregivers to enable children to be included in school & community
    –      Running tailor-made training sessions in special needs & disability-related fields.

  • ii) Advocacy Program
    People must know that no one invites disability. We help people to know the causes and prevention of disability.
    Under our Advocacy program, we demystify disability using all avenues to reach communities.
    We open Advocacy Clubs in schools and engage students in Essay writing competitions, Music Dance, and drama on disability. This helps them to understand the concept of disability and take messages home. We believe these students come from communities where children with disabilities live. Besides, the current students are tomorrow’s legislators and executives leave alone parents.
    We address audiences in which people ask questions and answers are given.
    Human beings learn every day and with the correct information, society shall soon understand what disability is and shall increase on the support given to persons with disabilities

  • iii) Vocational Skills Development
    Vocational training was introduced to help children & youths with disabilities learn skills, make a living, and be financially independent.
    Vocational Training brings a sense of purpose not only to the person with a disability but also to the parents who feel more confident that their child would be able to survive the harsh world on their own
    Our workshop has been empowered by materials from Tools With a Mission (TWAM) a United Kingdom-based Christian Charity. Children get trained from the centre in knitting, tailoring, and shoe making. Others do candle making, crotchet making, and other handicraft
    We also have a few cases under Artisan Apprenticeship which has proved more friendly and cost-effective (funding to promote this program is welcome)

  • iv) Uganda Autism Relief Program
     
    In collaboration with InTouch Belgium, 16 people were identified by OSCF from across the country (Arua, Gulu, Karamoja, Mbale, Jinja, Wakiso, Kampala, Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale, Hoima, Fortportal and Lira). These were trained in Qigong Sensory Therapy (QST) and in February 2022 they were certified as Pediatric Qigong Therapists for Autism. The Foundation, pioneering the therapy in the country now co-ordinates the therapists’ support to parents of autistic children countrywide. The Foundation uses a tag name; Uganda Autism Relief Program (UARP). It is monitored by the Department of Disability & Rehabilitation, Ministry of Health and Department of Special Needs & Inclusive Education, Ministry of Education & Sports.
     
    QST is a proven, touch-based autism treatment for children that parents perform for 15 minutes each day for up to two years to normalize sensory issues and reduce or eliminate symptoms of autism. Results are apparent after as few as 30 days of treatment. QST for autism is unique among autism treatments because it grants children access to normal development, helps them feel comfortable and connected to others, and improves life outcomes.

    Research shows that children with autism have early loss of child-to-parent bonding, as well as the loss of the ability to feel pleasure and reassurance with parental touch. Instead, they near-universally reject, avoid, or fail to notice touch. Without the ability to enjoy touch and close physical contact, children aren’t socially receptive and can’t be soothed by parental touch. Before long, social delay and abnormal behavior are evident.

    Research shows that pleasure and bonding with gentle touch are mediated by tiny sensory nerves in the skin, and when these nerves are damaged, children lose pleasure and bonding with touch. Fortunately, the damage is reversible, and treatment with QST for autism returns the sense of touch to normal. This improves bonding, stimulates social development, and eliminates autistic behavior.

    In 2024, another cohort of 16 school-based therapists identified from all regions of Uganda shall be trained to offer the therapy from their schools.

Operations

  • Some of our programs are run in partnership with institutions, organizations, and local governments through signing Memoranda of Understanding.

    We welcome advice, partnership, and collaboration. Together, we can put a smile on the face of a child with a disability and other forms of special needs.

Area of Operation & Management

CONTACT

Plot 753 Block 2, Nyakakoni, Ruti, Mbarara City
P.O. Box 1130, Mbarara (Uganda)
Email: oyesigyecentre@gmail.com
Tel: +256 772 681 270 / 0702 102 453
Web: www.oyesigyefoundation.org

MANAGEMENT

The Foundation is managed by a team of nine executive committee members that work with appropriate professionals to promote the Foundation’s objectives.
Among the staff are graduates of community-based rehabilitation, business administration (accounting), guidance and counseling, respectively, diploma special needs education, and ordinary-level leavers, the majority of whom work on a part-time basis.
The membership of the organization includes well-wishers, professionals in special needs education and disability-related areas, and parents and guardians of CWDS.

Funding, Current Programmes & Required Support

FUNDING

Since the start of the activities, the Foundation has survived on;
– local support and through – Fundraising using a Guardian’s card
Support from the promoters in form of membership fees
– Sales from Candles produced by our trainees

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CURRENT PROGRAMMES

– Registration
– Community sensitization
– Home based programme
– Training of teachers in Inclusive -Education practice
– Clinics for speech & language therapy and physiotherapy
– Vocational training
– Child sponsorship

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REQUIRED SUPPORT

– Play materials
– Assessment equipment
– Transport
– Computers and projectors
– Volunteers.
– Financial support for day to day running including salaries for administrative staff

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