Rethabile Disabled Centre
Rethabile Disabled Centre was set up by Jennifer, the mother of a young girl with cerebral palsy, and by 5th April 2016 it was operating as a registered NPO. It is a stimulation centre for children and young adults with cerebral palsy and / or learning disabilities. The aim of the centre is to provide a safe space where these young people can participate in learning activities and be cared for during the day time. The hope is that the young people can develop skills and confidence to participate fully in their communities. The centre also operates an appropriate paper techonlogy workshop, where chairs are made for children with cerebral palsy to help prevent contractures and support them to participate in daily activities with greater ease.
The centre is linked to Tintswalo Hospital, and the young people receive therapy sessions with a therapist from the hospital once a month, alongside having student occupational therapists support the centre when they are on placement at the hospital.
Currently the centre receives no government funding, and relies on donations from the community and the dedication of time from volunteers - who are also parents of some young people attending the centre.