Linathi Faku, age 7 years old, was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy in 2012. He has also been diagnosed with developmental delays. Linathi, like many children with disabilities who live in rural South Africa, is unable to attend a mainstream schooling environment. Linathi began working with Siyakwazi’s Non-Centre Based (NCB) programme in August 2015.
Together with her team, the NCB co-ordinator, Mpume Nzimakwe, carry out weekly home visits with Linathi, providing much needed learning and stimulation. The programme incorporates various elements, from storytelling, to singing songs, as well as assisting Linathi’s mom, Ayandiswa, with moving him into various positions. Physiotherapy is an important part of Linathi’s programme and the team and his mom have partnered with local clinics and physios to ensure that they are constantly keeping him mobile.
“His mom, Ayandiswa, is one of the main reasons why Linathi has improved so much,” states Mphume. “Parental involvement and support is a critical part of the success of our programme and Ayandiswa has shown huge dedication to her child’s progress.”
Since working with Siyakwazi, Linathi has shown a significant improvement in his mobility, his recognition of sound and colour and his response to stimuli.
“Our goal is to reach families of children with disabilities, create awareness of inclusion and enable caregivers to implement learning, growth and development,” states Cathy Mather-Pike, Founder and Director of Siyakwazi.
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