The Residential Rehabilitation Centre (RRC) is a place that abandoned disabled children from rural Sierra Leone can call home.
We built the RRC home in partnership with our local Sierra Leonean partner, Welfare Society for the Disabled (WESOFOD) and Children in Crisis Italy.
It is WESOFOD who now manage the home. As an organisation which is run by disabled people for disabled people, they know exactly where the children under their care are coming from and the kind of care they need.
First and foremost these children need a home, a place where they can laugh, play, do their homework. A place where they can just be children.
In this very rural and isolated region, disabled children often face the indignity of being carried into and out of public buildings, or having to go into the bush to go to the toilet.
The RRC has been built to give as much independence as possible. The doorways are wide to accommodate mobility aides, there are ramps into and out of the building. The toilets are disabled-access. The children each have a bed of their own. The plumbing means that the children no longer have to struggle getting water from the well every day.
Having a home which offers such basic freedoms means so much to these children.
Physical or mobility disabilities are often accompanied by chronic pain. A treatment room at the home provides a dedicated space where children can receive rehabilitative physiotherapy treatments.
In the immediate term our sister organisation, Children in Crisis Italy, is supporting the running costs of the home.
Our focus is now on working to enable the RRC run itself. One immediate source of income will be offering the RRC’s physiotherapy to the wider community. We are also training WESOFOD to run other social enterprises which can support the home’s running costs.