Sandta Community Projects

This section contains information and links to some of the community projects that SANDTA members are involved in. SANDTA is specifically affiliated to Malamulele Onwards.

Malamulele Onward is a non-profit organization that has taken on the substantial task of identifying and helping caregivers of children with cerebral palsy (CP) in some of the most deprived areas of Southern Africa. The project started out in the Malamulele area of Limpopo Province and rapidly expanded to the Eastern Cape. As a group of volunteer health professionals, over the years we noticed that children severely disabled by cerebral palsy survive, often into adulthood, but they and their families are neglected by the health and education systems. This results in children whose potential is often compromised while their families struggle on in ignorance of interventions that would ease their own lives and the lives of the affected children.

Malamulele Onwards’ programmes aim to address the rehabilitation needs of children with CP through the provision hands on therapy and equipment to children living in the most disadvantaged areas of the region; training and empowerment of caregivers and local rehabilitation workers; and the provision of training to therapists caring for children with CP in southern and central African countries (notably Rwanda, Tanzania, Lesotho; Mozambique, Swaziland and Botswana.)

Malamulele Onward has been operating for nearly four years. We became a more formalized organization when we were registered as a Section 21 Company in October 2006. To date eight outreach projects in Limpopo and in the Eastern Cape have been completed involving 166 children and their caregivers and over 20 local rehabilitation therapists.

SANDTA has representation on the Malamulele Onward Board and  MO uses NDT therapists for intervention. The MO interventions have been a fantastic training opportunity for therapists:-

  • “ MO gives us the chance to work as a team and learn from OTs and STs, not to mention experienced NDT therapists generally.” Sue Fry, NDT PT
  • “It is a great opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary group and to learn new ideas…Mostly it is about learning with others and the children, and seeing the progress over a year” Cathy Pringle, NDT ST

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COMMUNITY PROJECT LINKS

TIMION
We want to help children with disabilities through special equipment and therapy BUT it is even more important to us to love these children and so show them how much God loves them, and also encourage their parents to love them and show them that they are precious and wonderful.

Senecio
Senecio is a non-profit organisation that was started in 2008. At Senecio we wish to bridge the gap between people with disabilities who need therapy but do not have regular access to it due to financial and social circumstances, and therapists who wish to do the therapy, but cannot afford to work for free.

Malamulele Onward
Malamulele Onward is committed to providing specialized therapy skills and services to under-resourced areas of South Africa and other African countries.

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