Special Needs Program

Resty Nakaliisa Kawalya, Coordinator Special Needs Program

The ECM Special Needs program was started in December 2009. Ms. Resty Nakaliisa is the Program Coordinator with 2 other assistants.

It all started with a seminar about albinism, headed by the then International director and co-founder Mrs. Lorella Rouster and a team from the US.

Since then, more than 70 children with albinism have benefited from the program. We provide them with;

  • health support  through provision of sunblock lotions, Sun glasses,hats, medical check ups and treatment
  • education through sponsorship programs
  • Counseling, teachings to the families and communities about the issues of albinism.

Albinism awareness campaigns through Radio Talk Shows and TV

ECM has had several radio talk shows especially on Mama Fm Radio Station. Different children with albinism and their parents have had a chance to share their experiences and encourage the public to love the people with albinism because each one of them is made in the image of God. ECM has had TV shows on Salt TV and Salam TV, in an effort to continue educating the masses about the issues of albinism.

Albinism awareness campaigns in Schools:

ECM has conducted several teachings about albinism in different schools including; Victory Nursery and Primary School, Gayaza Parents Primary School in Gayaza and Kito Primary School in Bweyogerere. The aim has been to educate the masses about the issues of albinism. We hope to continue with this program and help the young and old generations to understand the issues of albinism, since their population is increasing.

Other children with special needs and rescue work

We have rescued and provided rehabilitation services to a number of special needs children with the most notable case being that of Resty Nakirijja who rescued in December 2009, Lwengo District. The child was found in a bush tied in a sack and on the verge of death.

For the special needs, we offer support in the following areas;

  1. proper medication and management.
  2. Physiotherapy treatment and provision of wheel chairs and walkers
  3. Nutritional rehabilitation
  4. Education and child sponsorship
  5. Counseling and guidance
  6. Clothing and shelter