HOW IT ALL BEGAN

 

MUKISA has existed since April 2006. Founded by two Germans (Sonja Hagedorn and Alexandra Bücker), who have lived in Uganda for 7 years and a Ugandan physiotherapist (Florence Namaganda).

 

After more than three years of voluntary service in an orphanage in Kampala, Alexandra Bücker and Sonja Hagedorn (both from East Bevern) moved out of full-time work at the Sanyu Babies orphanage in early 2006 and started their own project, the Mukisa Foundation.

 

 "We knew for a long time that we would like to build something here for children with disabilities, because they are at the bottom of society. There are no laws or legal claims for them. In Uganda, there are countless orphanages, street children's and AIDS aid projects, but we were very hard to find facilities for children with disabilities.

On top of that, people are often influenced by abundance, are ashamed of their handicapped children and are often hidden. Women are accused of witchcraft and, in many cases, abandoned by their husbands. "

 

MUKISA operates a retirement center for families with children with disabilities. The focus is on the care, counseling, education and training of affected families, and the construction of strong family units. Our center is a nice, cozy house with action and therapy rooms, as well as a spacious garden with enough space for learning, playing and relaxing.

 

Here, parents have the opportunity to meet people who are in the same situation and exchange ideas. Finally, to be taken seriously, to have space, to talk about problems, fears and feelings, but also to learn new things and especially to see: '' I am not alone! ''.

 

The Ugandan team consists of physiotherapists, ergotherapists, cooks, nurses, special educators, a social worker as well as an educator and many honorary helpers from home and abroad as well as a guard for the night. Often we try to integrate affected persons into our workflow.

Parents come to our center once a week, together with their child, and experience a variety of different therapies, such as physiotherapy, music therapy and play therapy. The beautiful atmosphere of the house, as well as the tireless commitment of our Ugandan team and the cordial community of parents and children make MUKISA a wonderful oasis for everyone and probably unique in Uganda.

 

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OUR GOALS

Our goal is to give parents, especially mothers, a new self-awareness and self-esteem feeling, to make them aware that YOU are the best therapists for their child.

Educating and explaining about their child's handicap, taking their feelings of guilt and explaining to their parents that they are able to help their children through early and regular support, and to avoid consequential damage are the goals of Mukisa Foundation.

 

Parents come to our center once a week, together with their child, and experience a variety of different therapies, such as physiotherapy, music therapy and play therapy. The beautiful atmosphere of the house, as well as the tireless commitment of our Ugandan team and the cordial community of parents and children make MUKISA a wonderful oasis for everyone and probably unique in Uganda.

 

We now have over 400 families, many of them regularly visit our center, others we visit at home. Through house visits, families are advised and supported in nursing, therapeutic and educational measures, as well as in the facelift and simplification of living conditions. By looking at the environment, the aid can be designed individually and the resources better supported. Mukisa also provides the families to institutions in order to get disabled facilities such as wheelchairs, seating and storage facilities. We refer to professionals & organizations where affected parents can get additional help and accompany them to doctors, orthopaedists and therapists.

 

Since 80% of our clients live under the poverty line and can not even afford to travel to Mukisa (there is no nursing and health insurance system in Uganda), we donate all the costs with donations and provide them with breakfast and lunch Is often the only meal.

OUR VISION

Our future project - a training center

 

Children with disabilities also grow up and need a perspective. That is why we bought two hectares of land on the island of Bussy Island in the Victora Lake in 2014.

 

In the future, adults with disabilities will be given a perspective in the form of an education. They should learn arable farming or the possibility of training in the guest house and in the catering trade.

 

With your donations, we can begin to realize our vision as early as 2015. 

TEAM

 We are pleased that the Mukisa family has grown last year!

We were able to look forward to two more physiotherapists for our center in Lungujja, an ergotherapist for our partner institution in Nkonkonjeru, a teacher for our Creative Learning Center and two volunteers from the German Red Cross.