KEDEC would like to purchase a used minivan to be adapted to transport children with disabilities to our Day Care Center in Kutaisi. This minivan will provide safe and efficient transportation for children, some of whom are in wheelchairs. Currently a car is being used to pick up children throughout the region and can take 3-4 trips each way. The center provides special needs children with a personal development plan and consultations with psychologists, doctors and occupational therapists.
Families living in rural areas of Georgia have limited access to public transportation services. In addition, available buses largely from the Soviet period, are not safe or adapted for people in wheelchairs. In order to provide day care center services, the organization currently pays for private transportation of children with disabilities. The cost of this service is very expensive and doesn't provide the safest transportation option as the private cars are also not adapted for wheelchairs.
The purchase of a used adapted minivan will decrease the cost and the time of transportation by 40%, while the safety of beneficiaries will be ensured. This cost savings will provide budget relief allowing the organization to make improvements to other areas of our services including improving the quality of food at all three day care centers and increasing the number of needs based art therapy courses offered.
As a result of purchasing this handicap adapted minivan, the organization will be able to provide safe and efficient transportation for the children we serve. It enables us to provide them with access to consultations with psychologists, doctors and occupational therapists. In addition, the savings on transportation will provide more money to support improved meals and more needs based art therapy courses which help the children to better integrate into society.