Speech & Language Therapy in Practice member Emma Shah has forwarded an appeal for funds from the Kenya Association of Laryngectomees to enable a unique residential workshop to take place in November/December.
The organisation is looking for kes.220,000 (just under £2000). This will cover the cost of boarding facilities for one week, lecture materials, transport and counselling. All other professionals, including Emma, give their time and expertise for free.
Although there is a monthly meeting of the group in Nairobi, distance and transport costs prevent many people from attending. At least 20 laryngectomees will participate and, if funds allow, there will be a session for spouses and carers.
Organising Secretary Bishop Duncan Mbogo Wanjigi's enthuasiasm is infectious. He says, "The Kenya Association of Laryngectomees is committed to creating awareness of the existence of the voiceless but not speechless persons in Kenya and that laryngectomy is not the end of life – life continues!"
The Bishop says cheques made payable to 'KENYA ASSOCIATION OF LARYNGECTOMEES' can be mailed to Kenya Association of Laryngectomees, Town House, 4th Floor Room 412, Kaunda Street, Box 42086-00100, Nairobi, Kenya. Alternatively money can be paid into the Association's account at Equity Bank Ltd, Thika Branch, Account # 0340-291602170.