Helping Children “Onto their feet”
In Uganda, disabilities are traditionally regarded not as illnesses, but as the work of evil powers. Because people feel helpless against these powers, the children and their families are marginalized and the parents face great shame. Many families are completely unaware that help is available. And even if they know it is theoretically there, they are daunted by the prospect and cost of treatment in city health centres.
The Rehabilitation Centre sends volunteers and staff into the villages of the three administrative districts surrounding the town of Mityana to seek out such families and give them advice. If a child can be helped, the parents are invited to come to Namutamba with their child. Any surgery which is deemed necessary is performed in Entebbe.
The centre offers special one-week seminars for parents of children with brain damage. Exercises are performed daily with the children, and often their condition improves so much that they are able to return to their communities and lead their lives in dignity. Parents receive encouragement and training in seminars, and are given distance support over an extended period of time. This makes a huge difference to the lives of the children!
Your donation can help another child from rural Uganda to get back on its feet (or sometimes onto wheels). This makes a huge difference to the future prospects of these children and their families!