Special Needs Care Project in Kenya.

A project by: SarahBohan

pledged of £700 target

This project did not reach its target.

Completion Date: Wed 15 Dec 2021
Volunteering as a student Occupational Therapist for 5 weeks in a special needs school in Thika.

About the project

My name is Sarah Bohan and I will be completing my final year role emerging placement volunteering in a special needs school in Nairobi, Kenya from 31st December to the 5th February. I am volunteering with the International Volunteers HQ organisation (IVHQ) along with two occupational therapy students. The role emerging placement will take place in a school setting where there are no occupational therapists present. As occupational therapy students we focus on the client’s meaningful occupations and what is important to them. Therefore, I will be assessing the children, collaboratively setting meaningful goals with the child and their family and develop person-centred interventions to encourage development of skills, participation and confidence when carrying out their occupations. I will also be educating and providing support to the children’s family, the school and the local community regarding individualised interventions and resources. 

Where will the money go?

I will be purchasing equipment and resources to implement in the school such as fine and gross motor activities, adapted cutlery and sensory mediums to implement a sensory room/area. I will be leaving the equipment with the children, families and the school to enable them to continue the development of skills and confidence.

As I am volunteering, the money will also be used for my accommodation costs. I am funding my flights, insurance, vaccinations, programme costs including accommodation, food and travel in Kenya.

Breakdown of costs:

Accommodation: £910

Flights and flight insurance: £829

Visa: £56

IVHQ Insurance: £129

Vaccinations: £100

Equipment and resources: £150 each (totalling £450). 


I will write an individualised letter documenting what I implemented in the school and how this impacted the children, their families, the school and the community. I will also include displayable information which would enable the sponsor to display this information. 

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