THERAPY PROGRAMMES URUBAMBA
Seeing a child and their family turn the corner and become a family after months of therapy and support to help them learn to love their children, to see them actually accepting and loving them. It’s a special thing.
Suzy Butler, Founder of Kiya Survivors
THE RAINBOW CENTRE
One of Kiya Survivors main ethos is to encourage the local communities where we work to take responsibility for the problems they are facing. There are many NGOs working in Peru and we believe that our role should be to compliment already existing, Peruvian run projects and centers, schools and children’s homes, rather than set up new projects that are run by non-Peruvians. Our idea for a mobile therapy team therefore fitted perfectly with this idea!
We have a team of professionals including a Physiotherapist and Psychologist, who work alongside Peruvian run schools and projects providing the much needed therapy that these institutions can’t fund therefore ensuring that the service users are receiving the best possible help whilst encouraging, not interfering, with Peruvian led programs.
And what better place to start this program than The Rainbow Centre! The local authorities are now successfully running the Rainbow Centre, which Kiya Survivors built for children with special needs in 2001. This is great news and shows that the need for specialist services/schools is being recognized more and more.
Kiya now leaves the running of the Rainbow Centre to the locally employed teachers and staff but remains in contact with this project and will be there to offer a helping hand with the provision of our therapy services, should the team here need our support.
Kiya continues to work with several of the children who’ve benefitted from the services of the Rainbow Centre for years as part of our Outreach Programme’s home therapy provision. As we expand the work our team is able to do through Outreach, our Outreach therapists also run home therapy and support services, whereby they work in the homes of the children that they support in the projects, ensuring their home environment is supportive, safe and secure, has running water and sufficient sanitary conditions.
Our Psychologist and Social Worker run regular parent workshops outside of school hours in order to encourage the parents of our students to take a more active role in their education and give them a forum to voice their questions and network with other parents in similar situations.