DOM SPARK

SERVICE FOR THE POOR IN ADAPTATIVE REHABILATION KINSHIP (SPARK).

SPARK is a department under Caritas Meru mandated to work with persons with disabilities and their families to alleviate suffering through diversified rehabilitation services in order to promote independence ,productivity and inclusion of persons with disabilities in the community with human dignity.The main goal is to provide persons with disabilities with knowledge and skills to become useful members of the community.DOM SPARK provides quality and diversified rehabilitation services targeting the PWDs who are marginalized and the poorest of the poor in Meru and Tharaka Nithi counties. It currently operates two (2) programs Dom Spark Eye Clinic and Dom Spark Community Based Inclusive Development program. Dom Spark has competent personnel in their respective areas of expertise. To deliver on its mandates, it works closely with donors,county and national government through the line ministries

Spark started as result of a feasibility study which was carried out in 1995 in the current Meru and Tharaka Nithi counties. The survey indicated that there were people with visual and physical disabilities who were burden to their communities as they did not know what to do with them. Spark sensitized the community and other key players who realized the need of restoring the dignity of P.W.D hence including them in all decision making and implementation. As a result they realized that P.W.D have the capacity and potential in growth of the economy. In the year 2000 Spark realized the need to diversify services to incorporate twin track approach which emphasized both medical and social aspect. The social aspects include community-based rehabilitation, offering eye care services, provision of mobility devices and implementing emergency and community empowerment programs.


SPARK AREAS OF WORK:

Mainstreaming disability and gender issues.

Low vision service for children.

Service for the physically challenged.

Service for people with hearing impairment.

Service for visually impaired.