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ABOUT

The Metropolitan Sanctuary for Children with Disability was opened in 2007 through the vision of Terry Fairfowl. It is managed by Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle Church in Belfast Northern Ireland.

 

Rehabilitation services include medical assessments and nursing care, medicine, physical and occupational therapy, an orthotics and prosthetics service and a specialised seating clinic, with the seats and other rehabilitation devices specially made on site from recycled used cartons / cardboard! Our rehabilitation is unique in that we train and empower caregivers on an individually taylored home program of positioning, handling and caregiving techniques, together with simple exercises, in order to help our children and their caregivers reach their maximum potenital.  

 

The Sanctuary offers midweek daily day care for children with disability, focusing on children who are normally kept alone indoors during the day.

 

Through importing of donated goods and close partnership with other charitable organisations, the Sanctuary is also privileged to also offer regular provision of wheelchairs and other pieces of adaptive equipment.

 

The focus of the work is sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in a practical way and reaching out to those often deemed as the 'least' in the community.

 

The local church in Kenya is on site with the Sanctuary, and is pastored by Northern Irish Pastor Jason Allen, Metropolitan Tabernacle Church Nyeri Kenya, established 2011.

 

 

 

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BACKGROUND

The work was founded in 2007 through the vision of Terry Fairfowl (right), who started a ministry for people with disability in church in Belfast Northern Ireland, known as the Befrienders. This ministry focuses on the needs of those wth disability, which eventually led her to Kenya.

 

Together with the then senior pastor, Dr James McConnelll now led by Pastor David Purse, Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle Church, Belfast, Northern Ireland, and the commited members

of the congregation, they work tirelessley to support the Sancutary year after year.

 

 

                                                                 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                  In Kenya, the local fundraising department is

                                                                  known as Smile Dispatch, 'sending smiles to

                                                                  children with disability'. They organise an

                                                                  annual mountain climb, other fund raising and

                                                                  promotional efforts to assist in developing the

                                                                  work.

 

                                                                   

 

 

 

                                                               Northern Irish ,missionaries, Pastor Jason Allen and wife  

                                                               Jolene, have been ministering full time in Kenya since  

                                                               2010, together with their young family.

 

                                                               In May 2011 a local church in Nyeri was founded, the Metropolitan Tabernacle Church Nyeri, a  

                                                               now thriving church in the Kamawka village. Pastor Jason pastors the church, assisted

                                                               by Pastor Mary Wahome. Jolene is a trained occupational therapist and is the Administrator  

                                                               of the Sanctuary.