Uhambo is launching a social enterprise wheelchair center that provides services to wheelchair users, hospitals & medical centers. The center will: train and hire people with disabilities to be wheelchair technicians to assemble & repair chairs; provide clinical services; train caregivers and community members. Your donations, along with two grants, will support the initial phases of launching the center: a site evaluation and WHO approved wheelchair seating training for occupational therapists.
People with disabilities remain a marginalized population in many developing countries. Disability issues are not a priority for government funding in most African countries. People with disabilities tend to be poorer, less educated, and have fewer employment opportunities; those in rural areas are especially impacted with little or no access to services. The few disability centers and clinics that do exist are underfunded and lack the appropriate resources to properly serve those in need.
Uhambo's wheelchair center will serve wheelchair users, hospitals and medical centers with repair and maintenance services, while providing a strong mentoring and training program to develop job skills for people with disabilities. This viable enterprise offers a unique opportunity to create meaningful employment while providing improved quality of life to wheelchair users and their families. The center will provide: wheelchairs, clinical support, training, repair and maintenance and job skills.
The wheelchair center will be run as an enterprise and serve people with disabilities in an under-resourced region of Kenya and create the following results: *Jobs & training for people with disabilities: Up to 30 jobs will be created over the first few years *Mobility services & products: Uhambo aims to reach 4,500 people in need *Community awareness & advocating for people with disabilities within the local community *Decrease in health care costs to the family and the system