KEDEC would like to purchase a mini-van to be adapted to accommodate the 29 wheelchair bound children. This mini-van will provide safe and comfortable transportation for children. These children come from low income families living in rural areas who, without the day care centers, would not have access to the resources they desperately need and services like consultations with psychologists,doctors and occupational therapists, and art therapy courses to help them better integrate into society.
People 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 must pay for private transportation of wheelchair bound children. 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 wheelchair use.
The purchase of a private adapted mini-van will decrease not only the cost but also the time of transportation by 25%, while the safety of beneficiaries will be ensured. Moreover, this cost savings will provide budget relief allowing the organization to make improvements to other areas of our services such as 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 mini-van, the organization will be able to provide safe and efficient transportation for the children we serve enabling 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.