Street connected children with communication disabilities and their caregivers in Western Kenya: their experiences, beliefs and wishes

Principal Investigator: Dr Julie Marshall

Project Fact File

Start DateJanuary 2016
End DateDecember 2019
Funded by

Comic Relief via Chance for Childhood

Project TeamDr Julie Marshall
Dr Carol Taylor
External Providers and CollaboratorsChance for Childhood - UK charity
Kisumu Urban Apostolate Programmes- Pandipieri (KUAP), Kenya
Yellow House Kenya - a local NGO
Maseno University, Kisumu, Kenya

Principal Investigator

Meet Dr Julie Marshall

Dr Julie Marshall

Reader in Communication Disability and Development

Phone +44 (0)161 247 2581

Project Details


We have been working with Chance for Childhood (CFC) in Rwanda and they were developing the LEAP project ('LEAP from the Street: Learning, Education and Protecting'), which is a four-year NGO run programme in western Kenya, set up in response to the lack of appropriate and available educational and support services for street connected children who also have disabilities/ special educational needs, including those with communication disabilities. An unpublished pilot study by Yellow House Children’s Services in Kisumu, Western Kenya, found that many street connected children had a communication disability. CFC were keen to develop some research alongside this service delivery project, and so we became involved.

Aims and Objectives

The overall aim of the LEAP Research Project is to understand the experiences, attitudes, beliefs and wishes of street- connected children, with communication disabilities, and their main caregivers (at home and in school).


A research project was develop to understand the experiences, attitudes, beliefs and wishes of street connected children, with communication disabilities, and their main carers (at home and in school).

This will involve interviews, focus groups and interactive data collection sessions with street connected children who have communication disabilities, their primary caregivers and the Learning Support Assistants assigned to the children


So far we haven’t yet started data collection so our outputs interms of having produced appropriate docum,ents, agreeing the research protocol and stating training about ethical research