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 centre, next to ASFA Centre, where disabled children can stay 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
  • 1 outpatient gym area
  • reception and waiting area
  • staff admin office and store room
  • bathing and toilet facilities for inpatients and outpatients
  • inpatient kitchen
  • inpatinet laundry
  • sensory garden
  • parking
  • water tanks
  • electricity 
  • carer accomodation

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.

CONSTRUCTION NEWS Construction started on 24 August 2019.  The coronavirus outbreak forced construction to stop mid March 2020 for about 7 weeks but the builders were back on site on 11 May 2020. Construction is now due for completion in early August 2020.  The children and staff will move into part of the inpatients building as soon as it is ready while we fit out the remainder of the building. 

Climate change has caused absolute havoc throughout construction with heavy rainfall on almost a daily basis. The rain didn’t even stop in the so-called “dry season”!

Heavy rainfall, coronavirus restrictions and Uganda/Rwanda border closures push up the price of raw materials resulting in a financial shortfall for Stage 2 of the interior works. To this end, we would welcome your help bring this specialist centre to life. If you would wish to make a donation but would like more information,  please do contact us.

Keep an eye on our progress via our  Instagram  Twitter and Facebook pages. Thank you! 

ASFA Physio March 2020

ASFA Physio site manager – Pacique

Phyiotherapists Kate Hunt & Diogene Murwanashyaka

 Charlotte learning to walk with her new crutches

Parent teaching session

Inpatinent gym area March  2020 

More petrol!

ASFA Physio reception March 2020

Augustine loves music group

Loving my new gaiters!  

 Carer Jacqui

The results

Hydraulic hospital beds

Shoes & specialist Piedro walking boots

Wheelchairs

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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