BethanyKids partners with Joytown Primary School in Thika, Kenya, to provide therapy for over 250 children with conditions ranging from cerebral palsy and spina bifida to polio and burn contractures. Our therapists provide therapy for every child in the school at least once a week. This includes active, passive and resistive exercises; training in ambulation both on the parallel bars and without support; teaching appropriate wheelchair transfers; and referring students who require surgical intervention.
Our vision for Joytown is to create an excellent rehabilitation center. We want to build a professional team that understands the human body and its functions, has a broad base of rehabilitation experience, and is willing to continually learn more about disabilities and rehabilitation so that they can do their job well. We want all staff members to recognize the vulnerability of children living with disabilities and to treat each child with respect and dignity because they are “fearfully and wonderfully made.”
This continual development of a high-functioning team is being facilitated in part by Luke McAuley, a US missionary Master’s level Occupational Therapist who joined the team in September 2016. Luke is also working with the AIC Kijabe Hospital rehabilitation team, including the care of BethanyKids’ patients who require therapy following surgery.
In the words of one teacher: “[The rehabilitation department] is the backbone of the school. You have changed the face of Joytown completely! Life is easier in Joytown. I must say that BethanyKids has brought light into the school.”