Victor is 22 years old and has cerebral palsy. He contracted malaria at 2 months old which caused brain damage. Victor's dad told us recently "Thank you for caring about my son, no one has ever cared about my son." Victor has now transitioned from attending Heshima to working construction with Dignity Development. His mom, Esther, is our head cook at Heshima
Celestine is 18 years old and is cognitively impaired. Malnutrition at a young age has led to delays in all areas of her life. Heshima therapy has helped her improve her balance and speech. She has been at Heshima for 10 years and has become a great teachers helper! Celestine's parents have both passed away and she is taken care of by her Aunt Janet. Her aunt works as our social worker at Heshima as well as seemstress in Dignity Designs.
Margret is 15 years old and has cerebral palsy. When she came to us, she could not sit up. She is now sitting on her own and walking with minimal support. She is very good at sign language and loves pretty shoes and dresses! Her mom Leah, works alongside our CPA in our office.
Princess is 10 years old and has cerebral palsy. Due to this, her muscles are underdeveloped and are being strengthened through physical therapy. She has recently learned how to hold her head up as well as sit. She loves music. Her mom Jane, is a teacher at Heshima.
Dylan is 14 years old. He has two younger sisters and lives with his mother in the flats next to Heshima. He had a traumatic brain injury at age five because of abuse. This caused a brain bleed, which has left him paralyzed from the waist down. He also has minimal use of his hands and shoulders. He is doing well in our Transition program at Heshima. He is enjoying art and music. His mom Caroline, is employed at Heshima as a cleaner.
Bravine is 12 years old and has cerebral palsy. He has great language skills and can communicate his needs quite well. He is very much a "boy" and loves to tease the girls by taking their dolls away. He is doing well in our Special Needs Program and is also receiving lots of physical therapy. His mom Irene, is a jewelry designer at Dignity Designs.
Sherwin is 5 years old and has a global learning disability. He lives with his mother. He is doing well in our special education program and attends occupational and physiotherapy sessions. His mom Christine, is a teacher assistant at Heshima.
Naveri is 9 years old and has cerebral palsy. She does not walk but we are hoping through the physical therapy at Heshima, that one day we will see her walk. Her mom Gladys works as a seamstress at Dignity Designs.
Alice is 8 years old and has cerebral palsy. She is very smart and has joyful spirit. In 2019 Heshima paid for surgery to have her legs become more mobile. She is progressing and is now running!Her mother Eunice works at Heshima as a cleaner.
Gabriel is 4 years old. He was not walking when he came to Heshima at 2 years. He has received lots of physical therapy and is now running! He is seeing our speech therapist to help him begin to speak. His mom Angelina, is an artisan at Dignity Designs.
Onesmas is 8 years old. He has mild cerebral palsy. Onesmas has gradually started walking steadily and interacting with other children. He receives special education to mitigate his learning disabilities.
Bradley is 9 years.He loves worship songs, playing soccer, and doing puzzles. His autism does not limit his ability to always smile and tell people that he loves them. His mom Mercy, works as a teacher.
Macharia is 16 years old. He is in our life skills program at Heshima. When he was two years old, he had a five hour seizure that caused brain damage. He has a learning and speech disability. His mother, Josphine, is our counselor and spends each day counseling and praying with our families.
Agnetta is 15 years old and has cerebral palsy. She is benefiting from Heshima therapy and has recently learned how to use a wheel chair. When she first came to us, she used to cry all the time but now, we cannot stop her from smiling. She is very smart and is great at sign language and doing puzzles. Her mom, Elizabeth, is the manager of our water company; "Water for Dignity."
Kennedy is 9 years old. He has vision problems as well as physical and mental delays due to Microcephaly. His mom Jackie, works at Heshima as a teacher. She is so happy that she has a place for Kennedy and herself.
Ruth is 14 years old. She has 10 siblings! She has ADHD and is developmentally delayed. She is doing well in our Life Skills program at Heshima. She receives speech and occupational therapy, both are helping her progress. Her mom Damaris, is our cleaning manager at Heshima.
Lawrence is 13 years old and was born with clubbed feet. Heshima paid for his clubbed feet surgery in March of 2016. He has had a lot of physical therapy to strengthen his legs and now he is walking with the help of crutches.
Wanjiko is 12 years old and has cerebral palsy. She is so happy and sweet all the time. She walks with a walking aid and does well in our "top" class at Heshima. She is reading, writing and doing simple math. Her mom Eunice, stays at home
Tracy is 17 years old. She has been at Heshima since January 2016. She is doing well in our Life Skills program. Her mom Sarah, is learning disabled and has 3 other children. She is a cleaner at Heshima.
Purity joined Heshima in September 2021. She is 4 years old. She has cerebral palsy. While at Heshima, she receives physio and speech therapy. She is being trained on attentive skills.She smiles all the time and is such a joy for us to have at Heshima. Her mom works as a teacher assistant.
Ann is 16 years old and has cerebral palsy. She spent many years in a a school that was not helping her and we are glad that she finally found Heshima. She is now reading and writing and her mom Wairimu, works as a seamstress in Dignity Designs
Peter is 7 years old and has athetoid cerebral palsy. He is a very calm boy. He receives special education as well as physiotherapy to help him in coordination and walking. Peter loves horseback riding sessions.
Jimmy is 9 years old. He has Cerebral Palsy. He likes to wrestle with the other boys and doesn't sit still for a very long. He brings a lot of energy to Heshima. His mom Pauline is a teacher assistant at Heshima
Wendy is 6 years old. She has athetoid cerebral palsy. Her cognitive ability is fairly good. Her mode of ambulation is using a stroller.She recieves physiotheray to maintain the range of motion.Charity (Wendy's mother), is a teacher assistant at Heshima.
Lawrence is 9 years old. He was abandoned by his mother at a young age because of his disability. His loving aunt took him in and has since brought him to Heshima. He has lots of potential and is always smiling. He is learning to read and write and enjoys music time. His aunt Agnes works as a seamstress in Dignity Designs.
Rosalid is 5 year old funny girl. She is always laughing and imitating others. She has spina bifida and is in a wheelchair. She lights up Heshima and we are hopeful that one day she may walk!