Four years ago, when I first arrived at Kasisi Children’s Home, the four children with severe Cerebral Palsy, were still wearing cloth nappies that would be soaked after a short amount of time. They would also spend their time either lying in bed or seated in baby strollers or car seats, which did not support their posture in the correct manner. Further the mummy’s would feed them in a lying position, in order to control their spasms, right after they would be put to bed. Physiotherapy was not discussed at all and far from happening.
Fortunately, Sr Mariola knew something had to change, giving life to the drivers behind Blu Spring.
In the last years a lot changed, this thanks to the very generous donations received during this process. All infants now wear diapers, the children with Cerebral palsy, now six of them,
have their own wheelchair (donated by the Australian organisation wheelchairs for kids) which allow them to sit in a correct posture and allow the mummy’s to take them along on walks outside with the other children of the house. Further the wheelchairs allow for feeding in an upright, seated position, which favour correct digestion and prevent respiratory problems.
All the children in need now have physical therapy, with special educated mummy’s, several times a week, to stimulate their development and mobility.
All the changes made and their effect are difficult to measure in a scale of happiness and well-being as none of the children can communicate in a clear way. At least, these children receive all the needed care, possible help, love and dignity. In Zambia and in a lot of other countries, it is not apparent for disabled children to receive such care, attention and help as they are often discriminated and seen as inferior beings.
This year, 2017, during a short visit in Mfuwe (Eastern Province, Zambia), we had the pleasure to meet with the direcotrs of Project Luwagha, an organisation active to help and support the local population and community with the building of schools and a shop with attached atelier which offers jobs to the local women. We sustained financially their project CHISINI AZIMAI which created and donates reusable and washable sanitary pads to girls and young women, this allows them to continue their school also during their period, reducing their absence which would leads to an incomplete education (read more about it in our project section).
Further, we discussed the importance of wheelchairs for disabled children and future collaborations on this matter.
On this occasion, we were also invited to two orphanages in Ndola (Northern province of Zambia) by an Australian Organisation (seeds of hope). The aim was to instruct their local collaborators on how to ensemble and fit wheelchairs. Unfortunately, this visit did not put up with our expectations. To be able to appropriate ensemble and fit the wheelchairs both the children and the wheelchairs were needed. In the first orphanage we visited, there were several packages with wheelchairs, but no disabled children to fit in them (located in the second orphanage). Regardless, we still managed to improve the position for two of the children already in a wheelchair, by changing some of their settings.
The situation in the second orphanage we visited, situated in the middle of the poorer area of the city. Here we found over 25 disabled children, from which several could benefit from a wheelchair, but only two of them had one, which we also adjusted as good as we could. Unfortunately, the other 25 wheelchairs this organisation received were in a magazine on the other side of town.
We contacted the organisation to improve this situation, and to make the chairs available for these children.
During this trip my daughter Demi accompanied me, to understand the reality and importance of my work in Zambia. And she was able to do develop some small projects with the children of the Kasisi Children's Home.
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