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50th Anniversary Celebration – #KSPHAt50

This October marks 50 years since Kampala School for Physically Handicapped (KSPH), the first and only special boarding School of its kind, was founded.

KSPH was the brain child of the Late Henry and Fayce Barlow, whom together with a few other Parents and Professionals formed Uganda Spastics Society to set up the  facility. Their goal was to Educate, rehabilitate and Equip children with Cerebral Palsy for future development.

Due to the overwhelming need, the school was opened to other children with various physical and mental challenges.

Today, the school has an enrollment of 180 pupils ranging from the ages 6 – 18 years, from all over Uganda that East African region.  In a loving family environment, the team of 44 care takers entrusted with these children have committed to laying a good foundation to support every child t productively  develop their inner talents and abilities to attain maximum independence.

The public is invited to join KSPH as we celebrate five decades of transforming lives, breaking barriers and changing perceptions, as we chart a course to reach even more Differently Abled Children.

KSPH have organised a range of activities in the run up to the 50th Anniversary Celebrations:- An Awareness Walk, Community Work, Thanksgiving Service and a Mega Exhibition.

All are welcome to join us.

 

Message from our director

The School that takes the “Sting out of Disability”. We believe that every human being has limitations (challenges, weakness, handicaps, name it) and we all have strengths / abilities. KSPH, believes in the “Abilities”. We are just “Differently Abled.” Many years ago, at his graduation ceremony, Fred Semakula, an all round, successful officer working with Motivation Freedom Through Mobility, said “KSPH gave me a chance to live”. Honorable Buwendo Murshid, testifying at the recent UN day celebration, held at the School, said, “KSPH made me what I am today”. Such and many other success stories are the reason I am grateful to God for the opportunity to be part of the life changing process of these very special, lovely children. Even when someone was about to give up, such comments and stories are a motivation to carry on, and give it your best. We will always treasure the founder members, for a vision well set. The many individuals and organizations that have contributed, in the last 48years to the different areas and programs of the School. My predecessors, on whose foundation we have continued to build. The amazing Governance, staff and volunteer teams, serving with us. Best of all, to our dear pupils and old students, who have made our working life, a memorable experience. On behalf of the Management Board and parents, please accept our gratitude and appreciation. We look to the years ahead with open minds and hearts, on how best we can serve these children; KSPH desires to be a model to others, who want to develop such services country wide, so that Children with Disabilities all over Uganda get easier access to functional, quality Education. We need to remember that Identifying disability is not for labeling, but for curving out, and directing on the best way for the abilities within to excel. Together, let’s make the world a better place for all the stay.
God bless you.

Mrs. Mwesigwa Joy - School director

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