ASFA Physio – future 


Future hopes become a reality…

Make a Difference 4 Africa and our Rwandan partners, Les Sœurs Pénitentes de Saint François d’Assise au Rwanda are building a dedicated residential building next to ASFA Centre where disabled children can stay, with ASFA Physiotherapy carers, for short-term inpatient treatment.

The current inpatient room is extremely cramped but the new centre will provide:- 

  • 20 paediatric inpatient beds
  • accommodation for carers
  • 2 inpatient physiotherapy gym/ play rooms 
  • 2 inpatient treatment rooms
  • 2 outpatient consultation rooms and 1 outpatient gym area
  • reception and waiting area
  • staff admin office
  • bathing and toilet facilities for inpatients and outpatients
  • inpatient kitchen
  • laundry
  • sensory garden
  • parking
  • water tanks
  • electricity 

Already, the lives of many children have improved immeasurably as a result of the intervention and physiotherapy treatment received at ASFA Physiotherapy.  With a properly staffed, dedicated facility this number can increase and can help participants become more active and skilled members of their family and broader community. Negative stereotypes of people with disability are changing in Rwanda. We want to work with the inspiring local team to help deliver this essentail project and replicate the model in other areas of Rwanda.

EXCITING NEWS! Construction started on 15 April 2019 and is now in full swing. Keep an eye on our progress via our Instagram and Facebook pages.

Kate & Diogene



Surveyors at work

More petrol!

Stage one of land excavation complete – 25 April 2019

The results

Hydraulic hospital beds

Shoes & specialist Piedro walking boots


Medical books

ASFA Physiotherapy Centre in numbers

We shipped (or lugged!) a total of 1,600kg of physiotherapy equipment including…

  • 250 pairs of shoes and specialist Piedro walking boots
  • 250 pairs of socks
  • 70 medical books (in collaboration with Book Aid International)
  • 65 walking sticks and metal crutches
  • 40 pairs of arm/leg gaiters
  • 35 metal walking frames
  • 20 postural wedges and supports
  • 22 boxes of plaster of paris (POP)
  • 15 postural management chairs
  • 20 wheelchairs
  • 10 hydraulic hospital beds
  • 2 hydraulic physiotherapy treatment couches
  • 10 leather helmets
  • 10 standing frames
  • 7 plastic floor mats
  • 4 toilet and washing chairs
  • 4 pushchairs
  • 4 bean bags
  • 2 wooden climbing frames for muscle development
  • 2 sleeping management systems
  • 1 interferential therapy machine
  • 1 filing cabinet
  • Reusable nappies with thanks from Little Lamb Nappies 

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