The numbers are in - A very big thankyou to everyone who supported me
September 08, 2016
UHAMBO wrote -Children with disabilities and their parents and caregivers in rural areas of South Africa have limited access to the medical devices and services they need. Appropriate and comfortable seating is key to achieving independence and social inclusion. Without a proper wheelchair, individuals may develop secondary medical challenges such as pressure ulcers. In fact, this condition is one of the leading causes of death among paralyzed people in the developing world. A shortage of experienced and specialized providers in rural areas, lack of funding by the government, and stigma or lack of understanding about the nature of disabilities are also major challenges. Through Uhambo’s grassroots and holistic programs, some of the most vulnerable people in the world, children with disabilities, are served. The Huis Talje Children’s Home in Bela Bela (or Warmbaths), in the province of Limpopo of South Africa, provides care for approximately 40 severely physically and mentally handicapped children. Children with disabilities at the home are seated in ill-fitted wheelchairs which can cause secondary medical problems, shorten their lifespan and impact their quality of life. Some children with disabilities at the home do not have a wheelchair at all. In addition, staff are inadequately trained on how to properly seat and position children in the devices and maintain and use the devices. This project, funded mostly by Rotary, is providing proper wheelchairs, training staff and caregivers and creating public awareness in the community. Uhambo is raising additional funds to provide additional training in the community to further address the stigma around disabilities. Uhambo is a US nonprofit dedicated to supporting children with disabilities in underdeveloped regions of Southern Africa. Uhambo partners with two long-standing reputable organizations on the ground in South Africa, the Uhambo Foundation and Shonaquip, a manufacturer of appropriately-designed wheelchairs. These activities will build a foundation for future opportunities for children, older youth and adults with disabilities to reach their full potential by creating educational and developmental, income generation and social inclusion opportunities.