Fount for Nations (FFN) builds a conducive and supportive educational ecosystem for Malawi's differently-abled children so that no child is left behind. We do this by working with parents, teachers and communities through a holistic & inclusive learning experience. 1. Teacher Training and School Support We offer staff support to implement a specialized curriculum in 11 select schools across Lilongwe and Blantyre, Malawi. We also provide technical support to teachers across other schools interested in incorporating special needs education in their learning facilities. So far we, have supported 431 teachers with creative learning and teaching approaches for differently-abled children. 2. Family Support Through our Stay and Play and Economic Empowerment programs, we provide psycho-social therapy and offer basic entrepreneurial skills to parents to afford the care for their differently-abled children. Our recent projects included a social protection cash transfer program that followed financial literacy training for 499 parents/guardians of differently-abled children. We are currently running a remote psychosocial counselling program for families with children with learning needs through a call centre manned by psychosocial counsellors. To date 717 families have received individual counselling sessions. 3. Healthcare system support We offer community healthcare workers and volunteers, with basic special needs training, referral mechanisms for differently-abled children and their families for care. We also work with hospitals to ensure continuity of education for hospitalised differently-abled children and support through occupational and speech therapy and counselling through specialist volunteers.
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