Uhambo

Uhambo is dedicated to alleviating poverty for persons with disabilities in Africa by promoting human rights, increasing economic empowerment and advancing quality of life. Uhambo's holistic model includes promoting social inclusion, increasing economic development and advancing quality of life for persons with disabilities by removing barriers of access in rural areas, townships and settlements of Africa. Uhambo provides smart appropriate designs of wheelchairs, delivers support services and/or products and advocates for policy change for persons with disabilities.
Sep 16, 2014

Project Update!

Enjoying some of the kit
Enjoying some of the kit's activities

Thanks for supporting youth with disabilities in Vredenburg. Our Ndinogona "I Can" program will provide income generation opportunities for older youth with disabilities at the 2 Care Day Care Center. 

We plan to roll out the first phase of this project in the next couple months which will include researching and developing a newly designed kit specially for an older youth population. Our on-the-grond team will interview parents and caregivers in the community to understand what their needs may be for this program in order to appropriately design it. 

Your donations along with a microgrant from IDIN will help us accomplish this project, however we are only part way to our goal! Please share our project with others who are interested in providing opportunities for people with disabilities in Africa.

We are looking forward to serving this community and providing new opportunities for the center's youth. 


Thank you for helping to make it happen.

The town of Vredenburg where the center is located
The town of Vredenburg where the center is located
Older youth with disabilities who will benefit
Older youth with disabilities who will benefit
This kit will be redeveloped for older youth
This kit will be redeveloped for older youth

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Jul 8, 2014

Our Final Report

Learning about proper wheelchair seating
Learning about proper wheelchair seating

Uhambo is pleased with the progress we have made with our pilot Wheelchair Center in Kenya, despite some of the usual delays and setbacks that are quite common for working in this region. Thanks to your support, we have:

  • Identified potential partners in the region
  • Strengthened our partnership with Nanaquips who will be running the center
  • Refined our business plan
  • Conducted training to develop the skills of clinicians who work directly with people with disabilities in Kenya. These trainings included: disability sensitisation, WHO Wheelchair Service Basic Seating and our signature Ndinogona “I Can” stimulation program for caregivers. Training services are a critical component of the Center as they are not available in this region at all. 

We are now developing the next phase for the Center and will share more as these plans come together.

In the meantime, we have posted a new project on GlobalGiving that supports redesigning and delivering our Ndinogona “I Can” stimulation program for an older youth population in order to design relevant activities and training on income generation opportunities. We invite you to check it out and share it with your friends!

Thanks for joining our journey!

Our fabulous trainer and a training participant
Our fabulous trainer and a training participant

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Apr 17, 2014

Ramping Up!

Training on using the I Can Kit
Training on using the I Can Kit

Uhambo’s Wheelchair Center in Nairobi is ramping up!

Uhambo delivered two trainings just this month to occupational therapists to develop and empower them to provide efficient and effective seating services and caregiver training to people with disabilities and their families.

The training was provided by our local Kenya partner, Nancy Mbugua, of Nanaquips who is a regional trainer of the WHO Wheelchair Service Training Package, and Megan Giljam, an occupational therapist from Shonaquip of South Africa.

The training covered important modules including:

  • “Hambisela” that focuses on maximizing the potential for development with Cerebral Palsy clients by providing a basic level of beneficial therapeutically-correct ongoing care
  • Disability sensitization to raise awareness of the needs and reduce stigma of people with disabilities in Kenya
  • WHO’s Wheelchair Service Basic Training Package that teaches about seating, fitting, repairs and maintenance of your chair
  • How to use the Ndinogona “I Can” Stimulation Kit with clients and their families

Disability practitioners in this part of Kenya are not trained on these topcis and people with disabilities are not provided this level of service – that is why this training is so crucial to the launch of the Wheelchair Center. People in need may be provided a chair (and most likely an inappropriate one) but have not been properly fitted for it, do not know how to maintain it and face exclusion from their community. This Train the Trainer approach will allow us to reach more communities and users and create real impact. Participants were extremely pleased with their experience – they learned new skills and increased their professionalism to a new level.

The Acting Director of the National Council for Persons with Disabilities closed the training. (The NCPD is a semi-autonomous government agency whose mission is to mainstream disability issues in all aspects of socio-cultural, economic and political development.) He, too, confirmed that this level of training is necessary and missing in their region. Media was also invited and are keen to follow up with Nancy about our activities.

Our final stage of training will occur in the next few months. Many thanks to you for making this initial stage a big success and setting the stage for future development of the center!

 PS We have met our initial funding goal on GlobalGiving and we will expand the project soon to show the next stage. However, donations can still be accepted on the project page! 

Our Trainer, Megan, and Harrun, Director of NONDO
Our Trainer, Megan, and Harrun, Director of NONDO
WHO training on wheelchair seating and fitting
WHO training on wheelchair seating and fitting

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