Disabled children in Zimbabwe are amongst the most vulnerable children. S4S assists 260 children and their caregivers with sustainable rehabilitation programmes which lead to increased functionality and independence of the child. We do this through training of caregivers on how to conduct exercises with their child. In addition children are provided with the urgently and life changing medication and assistive devices, such as wheelchairs. Children participate in adapted sport in their community.
Disabled children are often on the margins of society, deprived of some of life's fundamental rights. They have limited access to quality healthcare such as medication, physiotherapy and assistive devices. They also don't have access to inclusive sport activities. This all leads to the development of secondary disabilities, which further limit their mobility and independence. In turn this results in the children dropping out of school and being further excluded from family and community life.
S4S will work to improve the physical and social health of disabled children through the provision of physiotherapy and adapted sport. In addition assistive devices and medication will be provided to those in need. To ensure sustainability S4S will provide caregivers of disabled children with training for rehabilitation exercises at their homes. These interventions aim to bring about long term improvement in physical strength, mobility and independence of the children.
Training caregivers of disabled children will increase their responsibility for the rehabilitation process. They can provide more regular and intensive exercises at home. Through these rehabilitation exercises, the provision of medication and assistive devices and participation in adapted sport, the quality of life of the disabled children will increase. They will become more independent in their daily activities, which increases their chances to attend school, community and family activities.