The Tania Integrated Rehabilitation Centre in Kiserian, Kenya provides schooling and housing to vulnerable children, and especially for children with disabilities.
The mission of the Tania Integrated Rehabilitation Centre is to provide children with disabilities, destitute orphans, and other vulnerable children with education to equip them with self reliance skills so that they can be independent in the future. Located in the mountains outside Nairobi, the Tania Centre is a sanctuary with self sustaining practices where orphans and students with disabilities can learn in an adaptive and inclusive setting.
The members of Side by Side have worked alongside the leadership at Tania since 2011, gradually increasing our level of support at the Tania Centre. This includes supporting Beth Oaks, a missionary teacher who taught at the Tania Centre for two years. While Ms. Oaks taught at the Tania Centre, Side by Side purchased 20 Raspberry Pi computer processing kits to facilitate a computer class.
Side by Side is now also providing financial support to the Tania Centre to help pay the salaries of the teaching and support staff. Fairfax Circle Church, a friend and partner of Side by Side Ministries, is currently providing support to the Tania Centre as well to to help them meet their basic needs for the facility. Fairfax Circle Church has recently been part of a successful effort, in partnership with a group of Canadian churches, to establish solar power at the Tania Centre. Electric power is very expensive to buy in Kenya and is often not reliable, so the establishment of solar power at the Tania Centre is a major step forward in efficiently managing the Centre. The water system at the Tania Centre relies on electricity to run the pump, so solar power helps ensure that the children and the staff have both reliable electricity and water.
Side by Side Ministries continues to support the computer class at the Tania Integrated Rehabilitation Centre to provide its vulnerable students with an even playing field as they go on to compete for opportunities for higher education and long-term employment.
The computer program strengthens processing, typing and academic skills using the Raspberry Pi 3 processors. In computer class, students integrate their studies in languages and communication while gaining valuable experience in technology use.
A local teacher has now assumed responsibility for the computer class curriculum developed by Ms. Oaks. The Tania Centre modified one of its buildings to securely house the computer lab.