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.
Dec 2, 2016

Working hard to overcome stigma

Uhambo fights hard in communities all around South Africa for children with disabilities and with such a commitment, we create social inclusion and developmental opportunities to enable them to reach their full potential.Our on the ground team in Warmbaths, South Africa has been dedicated to improving the conditions for children with disabilities in their community. Recently the team has accomplished the following:

  • Networking with a very successful home in another community to exchange resources and ideas that can be implemented at the Huis Talje Children's Home
  • One of the challenges in this region is hiring and retaining qualified workers as caregivers.These are typically low-skilled and low wage positions. To work on overcoming this, our team is communicating with several organisations around the world that can provide suitably qualified and passionate individuals to spend time at Huis Talje and assist with the children and provide training to our staff. 
  • The director of Huis Talje has also ben reaching out into the local community in an effort to change perceptions,train and sensitize the community to the care and needs of these special children.
  • Lastly, the Home has sourced a food product that will greatly help with the nutritional needs of many of the children.The Home has also identified some opportunities to receive some donations for food. 

These are some of the very foundational steps that Uhambo strives to accomplish to build the capacity of these homes, develop a welcoming environment in the community and build a network of successful homes in the region that can work together to provide these children a healthy and happy future. 

This foundation allows for Uhambo to then provide training to the caregivers, education and development opportunities for the children and promotion further social inclusion in the area. 

Thank you for your support and contributing to their future!

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Sep 6, 2016

Lasting Results at the Huis Talje Children's Home

Thanks to a Rotary International Global Grant, we provided support to promote inclusion in the Warmbaths community while also directly supporting children with disabilities at the Huis Talje Chidren’s Home of Warmbaths, South Africa.

Huis Talje is a residential home for 47 children with disabilities. Most of the children have Cerebral Palsy and up until recently spent much of their day in bed or on mats. Huis Talje is a great example of a home or care center that benefits from Uhambo’s holistic approach.

With the grant, 27 children have received new wheelchairs. Not only does this give them physical mobility but it gives them a better opportunity to interact with their caregivers and others. They physically feel better when they are in their customized chairs– you can see this happen instantly as they are placed in their devices! A big smile comes across their faces! Their posture is aligned and they are happy to be upright and with the rest of the world!

This grant laid important groundwork in the Warmbaths community. We plan to apply for a second grant that will focus on extending our work at Huis Talje and reaching into the community even further to create awareness and opportunities for inclusion and provide educational and developmental opportunities for the children to support them in reaching their potential.

Jun 9, 2016

Success at the Huis Talje Chidren's Home!

Thanks to a Rotary International Global Grant, we provided support to promote inclusion in the Warmbaths community while also directly supporting children with disabilities at the Huis Talje Chidren’s Home of Warmbaths, South Africa.

Huis Talje is a residential home for 47 children with disabilities. The home is clean and well-maintained and run by a lovely staff. Most of the children have Cerebral Palsy and up until recently spent much of their day in bed or on mats. Huis Talje is a great example of a home or care center that can (and now has) greatly benefit from Uhambo’s holistic approach.

With the grant, 27 children have received new wheelchairs. Not only does this give them physical mobility but it gives them a better opportunity to interact with their caregivers and others. They physically feel better when they are in their customized chairs– you can see this happen instantly as they are placed in their devices! A big smile comes across their faces! Their posture is aligned and they are happy to be upright and with the rest of the world!

 During our time at Huis Talje, we also participated in the other grant-funded activities including:

  • Assessing the devices to ensure that each chair was properly fitted for the child and follow up staff training to reinforce how to seat the children and adjust the devices for their needs.
  • Training for staff on human rights and the nature of disabilities in order to overcome stigma and misunderstandings about why children are born with disabilities. This is especially critical for staff to create a mindshift and understand that mothers are not at fault for birthing a child with a disability and all children with disabilities should be honored and accepted and not shunned from society.  As a result of this training, Precious, a caregiver, with tears in her eyes said, “I have learned a lot today and I promise I’ll use these skills!”
  • A Disability Awareness Day hosted at Huis Talje that was open to the community. Several members of our host Rotary Club attended. Uhambo Foundation provided a wonderful training about inclusion in communities for people with disabilities, the barriers that communities face, and educational interactional activities to create greater awareness about disabilities.

This grant laid important groundwork in the Warmbaths community. We plan to apply for a second grant that will focus on extending our work at Huis Talje and reaching into the community even further to create awareness and opportunities for inclusion and provide educational and developmental opportunities for the children to support them in reaching their potential.

 
   

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