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Forgotten children with disabilities in Uganda

disabilities, rehabilitation, Namutamba, Uganda, clubfoot, osteomyelitis, cerebral palsy, cleft lip palate, post burn contractures,

Thomas M. from Neukirchener Mission e.V.Write a message

Namutamba Rehabilitation Centre is about 80 km east of Kampala. Children from four districts in Uganda receive help in the Centre: physiotherapy, operations in Kampala, postoperative care, treatment, etc.

Volunteers in the districts "find" the kids. In outreaches into 6 villages of the districts the kids meet our staff. If there is a chance to improve their situation they are received in the Centre. About 20 kids can be admitted at a time.

According to their ability the families contribute to the costs of treatment and operations.
Evan after the kids have gone home our social worker meets with the kids and their families at home to see how they are doing and living. If possible further help is given.

It is a sad fact that still today too many kids with disabilities are hidden in their homes and do not receive proper care and help to develop well. Im 1995 Uganda has accepted the rights of people with disabilities in the constitution of the country. But this...

Still such kids are struggling to be a "normal" part of the community and their families struggle a lot if they need the help of the government for treatment and medical care. Especially families in remote areas who do not have the financial background to make things happen often feel lost and totally left alone.

Our team of workers at the Centre has done a lot to extend their education for the job and the contribution of the Ugandans is gaining momentum all the time. So we are on a good way to hand over the full responsibility to our Ugandan leaders and the Ugandan board.

Since many kids are received from rural areas where the families are not very strong financially it is clear to us that the Centre may never be able to finance itself. Therefore we are trying to build up a good foundation of friendship to help the Centre to keep up its work and even develop into whatever is needed in the future..