Karagwe Community Based Rehabilitation Programme


RehabilitationKaragwe Community Based Rehabilitation Programme (KCBRP) is under the Development Department of the Anglican Diocese of Kagera.

Karagwe Community Based Rehabilitation Programme is a Programme working at community level in Karagwe District.  The Programme was established in 2003 after the successful implementation of a similar program in Murgwanza, Ngara District. The office is in Kayanga, neighbouring the Anglican Church of St. Peter.

The aim of the project is to enable the community to provide services with and for people living with disabilities in villages within the Karagwe District.

The emphasis of the work is on the prevention of disability and providing treatment for people living with disabilities. The project aims to equip the target group with knowledge and skills in order to raise their ability to be self-supporting and to enhance their wellbeing within the community.

KCBRP works by treating and assisting people with disabilities, both physical and intellectual. The disability may be from trauma or accident, illness or birth difficulties or congenital problems.

The KCBRP serves the community through:

Education; working with the Local Government to access education for those with disabilities.
Community Awareness: raising awareness in the community regarding the abilities and needs of people living with disability.
Advocacy: on behalf of clients to ensure their rights to education, access to health care, and justice.
Intervention: through surgery, equipment and devices, exercises and counselling
Income Generation Activities: to enable people living with disability to gain some financial independence and to gain self worth.
Regular eye clinics in co-operation with Nyakahanga DD Hospital.

The service’s focus is mainly with children and young people up to 21 years of age, however it is open to assist in other cases, particularly with regard to prostheses for cases of amputation.

The KCBRP provides regular free clinics in 15 villages around Karagwe, the furthest village being approximately a 70km round trip from Kayanga. However many people travel from other villages to these 15 villages to receive care so in actual fact it services many more villages. Each village that has a clinic has two Village Rehabilitation Workers based in that village. Their work is to sensitize the community regarding issues of disability, identify new cases, follow-up existing cases and communicate with the Village Leadership.

There are many causes of disability in the community; some types of disability identified by KCBRP are:

Cerebral Palsy, often due to birth trauma
Congenital defects such as: club feet, cleft lip and palate
osteomyelitis
hydrocephalus
Trauma: amputations, burns and paralysis due to accident
Multiple disabilities, often resulting from meningitis, cerebral malaria and other severe illnesses.
Physical disability resulting from nerve damage from poorly managed injections
visual and hearing impairment

Whilst the clinics are free, treatment is usually on a cost-sharing basis, enabling the clients to have some responsibility regarding their treatment. KCBRP works closely with several hospitals & Non-Government Organisations in order to maintain and expand the work in a sustainable way. One such organisation is The Smile Train, an international team of doctors who use their expertise in reconstructive surgery, giving of their services freely.

Advocacy on behalf of people living with disability is an integral part of the project. Networking with relevant Local Government Departments and other appropriate non-government organisation’s is also an important element of the work.

The holistic approach places great importance on the spiritual well-being of the clients as well as assisting their physical well-being. Every clinic begins with Bible reading, which clients can attend or decline; they are free to choose.

The Project, although under the Diocese of Kagera, relies on external funding to continue it’s vital work. The biggest sponsor to date has been through ORAF which is the Overseas Relief Aid Fund based in Sydney Australia. KCBRP are very grateful for their sponsorship of the work.

The Archbishop’s Overseas Relief and Aid Fund (ORAF) was established in 1971 to demonstrate Christian love by responding to the needs of those affected overseas by wars, poverty, disease, injustice and natural disaster.

Running a Programme working with marginalised people takes much patience and energy, but the rewards are great! There is always a need for more funding as the case load is high and the needs many, but KCBR are grateful to God for all the progress to date.

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