The Diani Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy (DCCCP) is a non-profit community-based organisation helping children with cerebral palsy and their parents. It was created to fill the gap in services available to the public affected by this condition. As and when possible, Asha Cottage supports the DCCCP with donations and helps raise awareness and funds to support poor families and children affected by CP. Financial support helps ensure that more children have access to medical, occupational and physiotherapy treatments and helps parents with children affected by CP interact, support each other and share lessons and experiences. Please let us know if you would like to help or contact the centre directly by email on email@example.com or visit their website www.dianicccp.org.
Collecting sun creams for albino children
If you have left over high-protection sun cream that you do not need at home, please leave it with us. We collect it and take it to our local charity shop, which then distributes it to albino children in the area. Without sun cream protection they are at very high risk of developing fatal skin cancers. There is a little basket on the main verandah where you may leave your tubes and bottles of sun cream.
We try to recycle waste as mush as possible and metal scrap, plastics and plastic drinking bottles and glass are donated to local collectors who forward them to recycling plants in the country.
Water is scarce in Kenya. During the rains, we collect rainwater from the roofs via an intricate network of hidden pipes. We can store up to 180,000 litres of rainwater. Shower and tap water are obtained from an underwater stream that flows further inland (it is however treated and safe for brushing your teeth and showering) – and all of our hot water is heated using solar energy.
The fish ponds are full of life. Goldfish, Guppies, Angelfish, Bala Sharks, Oscars and bottom-feeders abound. The ponds are balanced ecosystems. There are also a lot of birds, including Weavers, Silver Cheeked Hornbills, Drongos, Starlings and Willie “Wagtails”, among others. A selection of wildlife books is available on the main verandah.
Shells and marine life. Help us protect our marine environment! When you are out swimming and snorkelling, please be careful not to walk on the corals and not to take any shells or coral pieces out of the water. What you see in the water should stay in the water.
Please DO NOT BUY CONCH SHELLS OR ANY OTHER MARINE SPECIMENS. It is ILLEGAL to do so.