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The Cluster Foundation (TCF) was established in 2008 with the objective of inspiring Spinally Injured Persons (SIPs) in Kenya to transform their self-perception – and concurrently, that of the society – through the delivery of Recreation Therapy Programs aimed at restoring their confidence and sense of independence.
TCF envisions an outcome where SIPs, following active engagement in TCF’s Recreation Therapy Programs, find it within them to rally out of their homes and dive back into the mainstream of society. We believe TCF, through its Recreational Therapy Approach and Programs, is at the vanguard of engagements tailored to positively alter societal perception of SIPs.
The dire need of the organization is to operate the TCF Recreational Therapy Program (RTP) as scheduled and simultaneously replicate the services across the country.
“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they have the heart” Elizabeth Andrew.
We have never seen our friends more eager to get up when a volunteer comes in and wants to play games
This is a term coined to refer to engagements that offer TCF beneficiaries (SIPs) the skills and tools needed to function in society and improve one’s quality of life. It’s using recreation and education in the form of therapy as a technique of meeting one’s physical, mental, emotional and social goals.
Research paints a ghastly picture regarding SIPs psychosocial well-being. After excellent therapeutic work on SIPs at the hospital, once home, their families are unable to cope with managing the condition due to a host of reasons. These include – but not limited to – archaic beliefs (social & cultural), absent or inadequate information on how to care for SIPs, financial constraints, hectic work schedules and so on. The SIPs also face unique challenges. For starters, their loss of mobility often replicates a feeling of being a burden. As a result, SIPs tend to be plagued by a fear of going home and/or facing the general public due to their affliction. They also suffer an amplified fear of the unknown, are impeded by limited access to utilities & services and are resigned to a life devoid of the simple comforts and pleasures we take for granted.
In light of this unfortunate scenario, 80% of SIPs in Kenya end up dying within a span of 5 years after being discharged from the hospital. This is primarily as a direct consequence of stress, loneliness and an unrelenting sense of worthlessness, hopelessness and helplessness, which form the Depressive Cognitive Triad..