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Nairobi Branch

Rehabilitation Centre Westlands,

Since 1963, the National Office and Nairobi Branch of APDK have been located at “APDK House” in Lagos Road behind Akamba Bus building. The facilities have accommodated the Therapy Departments, Out-patient Clinic, Orthopaedic Workshop and offices but were inadequate for the vastly expanding services.

In the year 2000, APDK held consultations with the “Christoffel Blinden Mission”(CBM) with the aim of expanding the APDK services countrywide and establishing a larger Rehabilitation Centre in Nairobi. After negotiations through CBM with the German Government and CIDA Canada, funding approval was granted and a Co-funding agreement was signed in late 2002.

The German Government agreed to fund the costs for the construction of a new Rehabilitation Centre, Renovation of the Kabete Orthopaedic Workshop, five vehicles and three motorbikes for the countrywide Mobile Clinics and operational costs of the National Office for four years at a total cost of Kshs. 49 Million.

CIDA Canada approved funding of Kshs. 46 Million for the provision of therapy equipment as well as machines, tools and materials for eight Orthopaedic workshops country wide. Funding also includes Training, awareness creation and operational costs of the six up-country branches including Mobile Clinics for three years.

Between 2001 and early 2003, extensive negotiations were held with the Ministry of Home Affairs, Culture and Social Services, the Ministry of Lands, the Ministry of Public Works and the Treasury for a lease of the Orthopaedic Workshop at Kabete and land for the development of a new Centre.

In April 2003, a 30-years lease for a portion of land at Kabete was granted to APDK for the development of the Rehabilitation Centre and a 5 years lease signed for the use of the Orthopaedic Workshop.

In May 2003, renovations of the Orthopaedic Workshop commenced and by July, the department moved from Lagos Road to the new spacious workshop.

Construction of the 7000 sqft. Rehabilitation Centre with modern Therapy facilities commenced in May 2003 and were completed by mid November 2003 when all APDK operations were moved to Kabete. The new Centre is considered to be the most spacious and best equipped facility in Nairobi.

In 2007, the branch secured funds from Irish AID to construct a wheelchair workshop.  USAID/Pact Omega offered funds to equip the workshop.  The workshop was built next to the Kabete Rehabilitation clinic/Administration on part of the leased land.  The branch hopes to put up a showroom on the remaining piece of land lease to it. 

HISTORY OF APDK COAST BRANCH

The Coast Branch of APDK was set up in 1971 to provide rehabilitation services to physically handicapped persons in Coast Province.  The Association currently operates five programmes namely the APDK Rehabilitation Clinic with Mobile Clinic Services and Community Based Rehabilitation Programme, the Bombolulu Crafts Workshops and Cultural Centre, the Likoni Furniture Workshop, the Mobility Aid Workshop which produces wheelchairs and the Income Generating Programme "FAIDA" which assists persons with disabilities to start their own small scale businesses.

Currently the Association (Coast Branch) has 280 employees in all the projects most of them being physically disabled while training and treatment is offered to over 3,000 persons with disabilities annually.

All programmes are either donor funded or sustain themselves from marketing of their products.  The APDK Coast Branch exists today as an example which shows that people with disabilities can be gainfully employed or trained and integrated back into society if given the opportunity. We all need to pool our efforts, resources and patience to accord them the opportunities which they usually lack.

COAST BRANCH PROJECTS

a) BOMBOLULU WORKSHOPS - This project is the largest Rehabilitation Centre of its kind in the country and trains and employs physically handicapped and blind men and women  in jewellery making, tailoring, woodcarving  and leatherwork. The high quality crafts, produced by 130 skilled craftsmen and women, are  marketed locally and exported to 18 countries.

 A Tailoring Training section which is fully sponsored by  'Christoffel Blindenmission'  in Germany trains 12 handicapped persons every year.  After completing their courses, the trainees receive a sewing machine and starting capital to enable them to become self sufficient.

b)  Cultural Centre  &  Restaurant -  In the quest to create greater job opportunities for persons with disabilities and attract more visitors to the project,  Bombolulu set up a Cultural Centre on its premises in 1994.  This comprises six traditional homesteads of different Kenyan ethnic groups and a restaurant serving African and international dishes .  Traditional crafts, cooking and farming are demonstrated while visitors can enjoy the traditional dances of various tribes.

c)   APDK REHABILITATION CLINIC  (formerly Polio Clinic) - The Clinic was initiated by Mombasa Round Table No. 3 in 1964 when they saw the need to help the growing number of children suffering from Polio and other physically handicaps that existed.  In 1971 A.P.D.K. took over the running of the Clinic.

The Clinic caters for both in-patients and out-patients .. providing Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, training for independence and hydrotherapy.   The Clinic also provides Orthopeadic appliances for both in- and out- patients.

The services provided are free of charge and the Clinic is run wholly on donations from both local and overseas and donor organisations.  This support from various donors has enabled the Clinic be what it is now, the finest rehabilitation centre for children in Kenya. 

While APDK has employed 55 members of staff to run the three programmes, the Ministry of Health has seconded 9 Therapists, Technologists and Nurses to provide professional services.

d)  Jaipur Foot Programme-  The Clinic runs a Jaipur Foot Project which is a joint venture between APDK and the Rotary Club of Bahari which was launched in 1993.  Its main objective is to deal with the fabrication of artificial limbs to patients whose limbs have had to be amputated either below or above knee.

e)  Mobile Clinic - In 1972 the Clinic extended its services to far away areas for those patients who could not afford to travel all the way from their homes to Port Reitz.  The Mobile Clinic covers Kwale, Taita-Taveta and Kilifi Districts.  The main objective of this program includes screening patients with different disabilities and referring them to the appropriate Clinic for treatments i.e. surgical and rehabilitation.

f)  Community Based Rehabilitation - This is an outreach programme taking its services to persons with disabilities in the community, with the full participation of family members and the community as a whole.  This programme concentrates on the slum areas around Mombasa and offers home based care, counseling and school integration and training of community leaders, teachers and parents.

g)  LIKONI QUALITY FURNITURE WORKSHOP – In 1971, APDK was invited to take over Furaha Chesire Home for Cerebral Palsy Children at Likoni which was closed. The take over was complete in 1972, and the named changed to Likoni Rehabilitation Centre with a sheltered Workshop in Carpentry.The objective of the workshop is to train and employ handicapped persons from APDK Rehabilitation Clinic and elsewhere, in carpentry skills so that they can eventually earn a respectable living.  The production workshop currently employs 35 skilled carpenters who have earned a reputation for quality, exclusive designs and competitive pricing. The Workshop operates a retail outlet ”Likolulu” at the RATNA Square Shopping Centre and specializes in hotel, domestic, office, school and hospital furniture.

h)  MOBILITY AID WORKSHOP - The Mobility Aid Workshop was established in 1993 with the aim of providing free mobility aids for needy persons with disabilities who otherwise would not be in a position to move freely and independently.  The aids are sponsored by tourists and other willing donors.

A.P.D.K. recognized the dire need for a workshop that could produce and repair good quality tricycles and wheelchairs, which can be repaired locally and are suitable for the rough African terrain.  Imported wheelchairs are usually not suitable for the rough roads and soon break down while spare parts are either not available or unaffordable to the users.

i)  INCOME GENERATING PROGRAMME  'FAIDA - A.P.D.K is advancing more and more into community based rehabilitation rather than institutional rehabilitation centres and with that in mind an Income Generating Programme  'FAIDA' was established towards the end of 1996 with the aim of alleviating poverty among persons with disabilities in Coast Province through small scale income generating projects.

Individuals are assisted to set up their small-scale businesses through purchase of machines or equipment, stock and construction of basic structures, where necessary.  Assistance is provided in the form of grants or loans. A team of four qualified Business Advisors undertakes intensive business training, feasibility studies, regular seminars and weekly follow-ups.

Upcountry Branches

i)  Kisumu Branch

In 1972, a Branch was established in the Nyabondo Home for Crippled Children, later renamed Nyabondo Rehabilitation Centre. An Orthopaedic Workshop and a  Sheltered Workshop in Ceramics was started at  Nyabondo. Unfortunately this project was discontinued in 1976, due to unfeasibility.

A Branch was opened at the Provincial General Hospital in Kisumu in 1985 and Mobile Outreach Clinics to Western Kenya commenced. Due to lack of funding, outreach services ceased in 1990 but were revived again in 2001.

The Branch currently operates from its own offices at the Provincial General Hospital and has four full time staff and a vehicle for Outreach Programmes, Community Training, CBR and micro financing commenced in 2003.

ii)  Machakos Branch

The Machakos Branch was formed in 1973 with the aim of establishing a special primary school for children with physical disabilities. In 1979 the National Chairman attracted funds from NOVIB of Holland and, the first Phase of the “Masaku School for the Physically Handicapped” was opened with an enrollment of 45 children. The Teachers Service Commission seconded a group of teachers and in 2003 the enrolment stands at 135 children.

The Machakos Branch of APDK established its own office at the school in 2003 and co-ordinates outreach programmes to Machakos District, Kangundo, Kithiani and Yatta.

iii)  Nakuru Branch

In 1982, the Chairman was invited to visit the United Methodist Church Women Wing in the USA with a view to raising funds. He received Kshs.140,000 which enabled APDK to initiate a branch at the Nakuru Annex Hospital.

DANIDA donated two vehicles for the Mobile Clinic which allowed APDK to cover vast areas of Rift Valley Province. The Branch currently operates from its own offices next to the Orthopaedic Workshop at the Provincial Hospital.  The offices were officially opened in 2007 by H.E. Hon. A.A. Moody Awori

iv)  Busia Branch

The Busia Branch was launched and Mobile Clinic Services started in 1988. The Branch closely collaborates with the Alupe Orthopaedic Workshop for the provision of appliances while the Outreach Clinics cover large areas of Western Province.

The Branch for a long time operated from the NARC Offices. In  March 2007 with funds from Polio Hilfe, the Branch managed to construct its own Rehabilitation clinic within Busia District Hospital. 

v)  Kisii Branch

The Kisii Branch was established within the District Hospital in the early 1980‘s. Mobile Clinic services commenced with the assistance of a Danish volunteer.

In 2002 Prof. W. Heiss of Germany donated Kshs. 800,000 for the construction of an Orthopaedic Workshop and offices which were opened in 2003. Three full time staff are employed by APDK while the Government has attached a Coordinator. The Branch undertakes extensive outreach programmes including community training, micro financing, educational sponsorships and provision of appliances. In 2007 the branch was secured fund from Amref to run an AIDS/HIV programme dubbed MAISHA.

vi) Embu Branch

The Embu Branch was set up in the late 1980‘s and was kindly accommodated by the “Red Cross Home for Handicapped Children”. An Orthopaedic Workshop was established but ceased to operate in 1995 due to shortage of funding.

In 2003 the Branch set up office within the Provincial Hospital and extended the Government Orthopaedic Workshop. Embu officially opened on 22nd November 2011 by the National Chairman, Hon. Dr. A.A. Moody Awori.

Extensive Outreach Clinics are undertaken by the Branch. In 2006, the Branch introduced micro finance project.

vii)  Eldoret Branch was launched in the year 2007 and is currently operating from the Moi Referral Hospital, Eldoret.

viii)   Siaya Branch

On 7th May 2015, APDK 10th Branch in Siaya was officially inaugurated at the Siaya Referral Hospital. The Orthopeadic Clinic (Tumaini Rehabilitation Centre) was funded by Roechling Foundation in collaboration with Christian Blinded Mission (CBM), Germany.       

 

 

 

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