What We Do
Identify and locate children with disabilities and special needs in villages and other impoverished areas
Work with villages, schools, and other organizations currently established in the area
Empower children and their families to break down current social stigmas through education, training, love, and hope
We are often asked why we work to help children in Kenya instead of children in America. Families raising children with special needs in America have access to programs, equipment, support systems, medical care, and compassion. UnFinished International applauds and supports the people and programs who make all this possible here in the United States. Unfortunately, these families in other parts of the world do not have the same privileges.
While UnFinished International does work to help children in America through sponsorship of Special Needs Classes at Title I schools and volunteering with local programs to assist children with special needs to participate in fully inclusive environments, we choose to focus on the impoverished region of Western Kenya due to the profound need of resources and education, as well as a detrimental social stigma on the special needs community.
After witnessing the circumstances of these children, Brian and Christine knew they had been called to do more than educate special needs children, they have been called to truly care for them, create real life opportunities for them, and transform their futures into lives of promise and hope.
Life Development Program:
The Life Development program works to improve the lives of children with special needs or disabilities by providing opportunities that would otherwise not be made available. We work to assist and educate not only the children, but also their families and communities.
It begins through direct student sponsorships and generous donations. Each child is given food, clothing, safety, shelter, medical care, and an education. Through the partnerships with local Special Needs Schools and Mainstream Schools, children are then evaluated and placed in the best environment for their care, education, and family support. Educational opportunities on proper care for the children are offered to caretakers during every school break. We also work with the communities each child is in. It our hope to break social stigmas within their communities to better the future for these children and their families. It also allows the child and caretaker the opportunity to take what they have learned and educate their communities that disability is not inability.
THE 9:9 PROJECT:
The 9:9 Project is a safe house for our students that are orphans or girls in dangerous situations. Unfortunately, abandonment and orphanhood are too common among the special needs population in impoverished areas. These children are often bounced around between unwelcoming family members and strangers. Sadly, many girls with special needs are frequently victims of abuse and molestation. Boys are at risk for becoming “street kids” and entering a life of unlawfulness.
All children deserve a safe place to call home. UnFinished International is working to build and staff a home to care for and protect our most vulnerable students. The organization’s immediate goal is the purchase of a vehicle, house, and property in Western Kenya. Once purchased, we will staff the house with a well-trained team of caregivers. This offers children a much needed opportunity to develop in a caring and safe environment in which they can call home.
Home Improvement Program:
Many of the families supported by UnFinished International live in remote villages in small mud houses. These homes have no electricity and no running water. Living conditions are often primitive and subject to deterioration from weather, especially during the rainy season.
Each home and its facilities are evaluated for structural safety. Once each home has been properly evaluated, we work with professionals to determine the best process for coordinating community help for the families. We also educate families on how to perform maintenance and repairs so they can do so in the future.
We currently are coordinating the rebuild of a house and bathroom facilities for three families. We are working closely with village chiefs and community leaders to engage them in assisting with supplies and labor for these projects. UnFinished International fills the gaps unmet by the impoverished communities to ensure lasting quality.