Florence Namaganda, a neuropaediatric therapist by profession, is the founder and director of Children’s Special Trust. Based in Kampala, her vision for Uganda is for people with disabilities and their families to be treated with love and dignity and fully included in society.
In 2006 Florence started offering home therapy for eight children. Today her organisation has become an influential provider of quality care and services for children with disabilities and their families. It’s a testament to God’s grace, the help of many others and Florence’s irrepressible passion.
Florence is a dynamic woman who is thankful for the Lord’s miracles but continues to expect great things from God.
Mukisa Foundation was the first to open as a drop-in centre. Among other things, parents get help in how to look after their children and support with their social and welfare needs, along with vocational skills training. The children receive therapy and love. Mukisa now provides support to over 5000 children and also has outreach programmes in nine districts.
Parents used to ask Florence if they could leave their children in a safe place so that they could go to work. Meeting that need was how Dawn Children’s Centre was created. It not only provides day care and therapy, but also education from kindergarten through to primary school. Children without disability also learn alongside children with special needs.
Berakhah Medical Centre opened in 2021 as a child and maternal holistic medical centre. As well as children’s medical care, mothers can see a doctor and can get affordable professional pre- and post-natal care. The mobility hub is where aids and equipment are made and repaired.
Mukisa Inclusive Village, set in 10 acres, is a great place where both children and adults with disability learn practical and life skills.