MEND supports our Centres and Partners with expert medical and organisational advice, financial donations, hearing aids, prosthetics and orthotics.
We liaise between centres, partners and medical organisations to ensure help is quickly offered to patients. Rob, our director, is a retired engineer so we also advise and design building and development projects.
- Nepal: Hope Disability Centre, Gulmi / The Ideal Community Health Centre / Necha Hospital / Gulmi School for Hearing Impaired Children
- India: Hope Centre Kashmir (& She Hope Society, Kashmir) / AGAPE Centre, Andhra Pradesh / CEED, South East / CORE Boarding School for Orphans
- Kenya: Help Masai Maternity Hospital (our friends)/ Affordable Limbs for All (ALFA) in Nairobi / Lifting the Barriers for Differently Abled Persons (LIBDAP) in Kilifi, Kenyan Coast / Hearts of Disabled Children.
- Uganda: KAD Initiative, Katalemwa Cheshire Children’s Home
- Ghana: Voice Ghana
- Vanuatu: Appliance and Limb Centre
- Tanzania: Iyunga Health Centre, Diocese of Mbeya.
- The Philippines: Special Needs School (SPED) Mati on Mindanao Island.
- Swaziland: Swazi Ortho & Physio & Rehab Center in Manzini.
- Funders for our Limb Programmes: We Help Two USA and Ellem Foundation UK.
Hope Disability Centre Gulmi, Nepal
This centre is located in Gulmi in west-central Nepal, an area well known for coffee farming and the central market town of Ridi with many temples and festivals.
Manager, Ganga Rayamajhi, was three months old when she rolled into an unattended open kitchen fire (sadly not uncommon in Nepal). She lost both legs. At 17 she received her first set of artificial limbs made from remolded plastic drain pipes.
After meeting Rob, director of MEND, Ganga was inspired to set up her own organisation to help others like her in Nepal – neglected and scorned by society. So MEND helped her train as a community nurse and set up the centre.
Today Ganga and Hope Centre support many children and adults with disabilities in Gulmi and remote districts in Nepal. The team offers health camps and community-based programmes to improve their members’ mobility, health, education and human rights.
Hope Centre also offers legal counselling, skills’ training and employment. The Centre’s goal is to support members to live independently with dignity and self worth in their communities, and to enjoy basic human rights.
Update: Canadian Couple, Gail and Gord have joined MEND to support Hope Centre through their ‘Hastening to Help fund’ from sales of their book on Mt Everest, “Hasten Slowly”. Sadly Gail has passed away but the fund continues to help Hope Centre implement a programme in Gulmi District providing a range of support to disabled people such as accessible toilets and schooling.
Visit Hope Centre website>>
Ganga’s Facebook Profile>>
The Ideal Community Health Centre, Nepal
This centre is located in a very remote valley in the Himalayas near Mount Everest.
Ideal Community Health was set up to provide much-needed health services to the local people in this remote area and to especially provide maternity care.
Before the centre was established the nearest hospital was six hours walk away. Tragically too many women and babies died during childbirth.
Today the Centre offers:
- maternity care
- health assessments, and
- free medical care to the poorest locals
The Light Family of New Zealand generously donated the money needed to build the centre.
It is very expensive for porters to carry cement and steel in the Himalayas so the building is created from local stone and wood. This is much lighter and easier to transport. Visit their website>>
Hope Centre Kashmir, India
This centre is located in the troubled but beautiful district of Jammu and Kashmir, famous for majestic mountains, lakes and beautifully decorated houseboats. The region has a heavy military presence with international concerns about human rights.
Hope Kashmir works within this tense situation to create healthy, positive changes in the lives of children and adults with disabilities.
The centre offers access to health care & awareness, mobility aids, corrective surgery, prosthetic fittings and orthotics. Members are offered education, skills’ training, employment and access to human rights. They are also mentored in self-help group business development and micro-loan schemes.
Visit their website>>
She Hope Society, Kashmir, India
She Hope is part of the the Hope Centre Kashmir.
She Hope supports Kashmiri women challenged by poverty. The Centre offers health, education, skills training, HIV education, micro loans and human rights training.
They are currently working on supporting and providing business opportunities for She Hope’s talented craftswomen.
The craftswomen create beautiful traditional embroidered bags and shawls for local and international markets
AGAPE Centre, Andhra Pradesh, India
Agape, Achieving Goals of Ability Parity and Education, is an NGO in Andhra Pradesh, South East of India.
Run by Babi, who experienced disability from a young age. He tragically lost both legs and an arm but today he manages AGAPE tirelessly with just one hand!
- runs medical clinics
- organises surgery
- arranges artificial limbs and hearing aids
- offers counselling, education and welfare programmes.
Babi is an innovative leader and recently devised a new form of getting around for himself by adapting an old motorbike into a very cool tricycle. There’s no stopping Babi and his team now!
Visit their website>>
Their Facebook Profile>>
CEED India, Guntur & Adilabad, South East India
CEED, Centre for Education and Economic Development, is an NGO set up by a group of women social workers in the towns of Guntur and Adilabad in Andhra Pradesh, in South East India.
Their mission is to help people living in poverty, especially women and girls with physical disabilities.
These amazing women passionately promote education for children with disabilities along with skills training for youth and adults.
- CEED provides micro loans for women with disabilities so they can support themselves and their families.
- CEED gives education grants to families so their children do not miss out on their education.
CORE AP India, West Godavari District, South India
CORE AP India stands for Care for Orphans Rehabilitation and Educational Society. Core is an independent, indigenous NGO caring for the orphaned, neglected, and forgotten children of South India.
Originally set up by Mr T N Snehan who, as an orphan, dreamed of helping others.
Today Mr Snehan and his team provide love, care and education to orphaned children, street children, victimised children, and HIV-infected children.
Core works to eradicate child labour, and protect and promote children’s rights regardless of gender, religion, education, cultural background, abilities or disabilities.
Visit their website>>
MEND Activities in Kenya: Help Masai, Kenya
Before Help Masai was established the closest hospital and medical care was hundreds of kilometres away.
With the hard work of the local Masai people and Dr Marty from the USA, Help Masai has built a new hospital offering:
- maternity care
- mother and child counselling
- nutrition and hygiene
- sustainable food production
- income generation, and skills training for women
Now the Masai are in control of their own health and wellbeing. For more information please visit their website>>
ALFA: Affordable Limbs For All, Kenya
With support from our friends at USA Charity – We Help Two.
Most Kenyan prosthetic workshops are not actively fitting quality, modern limbs that local people can afford to buy. So in August 2018 MEND rented a house in Matasia, outer Nairobi and a simple prosthetics workshop/ hostel was set up. ALFA had started!
A prosthetist and housekeeper were employed. Limb parts were imported from China and socket fabrication materials sourced locally.
Clients come in on Monday disabled and go home on Friday walking!
ALFA MISSION STATEMENT:
To mobilise neglected Kenyan amputees and fit with low- cost, quality limbs for a better life of mobility and opportunity.
If you would like to help a young person walk so they can go to school and work and participate in their community you can donate here>>
MEND Activities in Uganda: Katalemwa Cheshire Home Outreach Centre for Rehabilitation Services, Uganda
“Many kids with disabilities spend their days lying down. With locally-made equipment and the skills of the physiotherapist the kids learn to move and see the world from a standing position!”
One in ten children in Uganda have a physical or mental disability and most of these live under the poverty line. Children with disabilities experience barriers to education, healthcare and face stigma and superstition.
When MEND’s Director, Rob, met the team at KCH he discovered that their ideals and goals align closely with MEND’s.
KCH in Kampala is one of the country’s oldest rehabilitation centres. Together with MEND they manage an outreach centre set up in Masaka where our physiotherapist, Robert Lujoba, works around three districts.
Our work with Ugandan kids and youth also includes corrective surgery, hearing aids, mobility aids, prosthetics (making and fitting), wheelchairs, transport costs and micro loan small business support to enable their families to better support their disabled members.
The KCH team work hard to provide health care, rehabilitation services and education for the whole community around the implications of childhood disability.
MEND Activities in Ghana: Voice Ghana
Ghana is a multi-culturally diverse country located in West Africa. Tribal traditions and local superstitions intensify the discrimination experienced by Ghanians with disabilities.
Voice Ghana was set up as an NGO in 2002 by and for people with disabilities.
The centre empowers, supports and trains members on their rights to healthcare, welfare, education and employment. They also encourage members to form self-help groups. Voice Ghana works nationally on legislation around the rights of people with disabilities.
MEND has teamed up with Voice Ghana to provide hearing aids and prosthetics. We also provide calipers for those disabled by the debilitating effects of polio. Visit their website>>
Iyunga Health Centre – Prosthetics & Orthotics Workshop, Tanzania
The hardworking team in Mbeya Tanzania are busy helping lots of people with new limbs and new lives. The US charity ‘We Help Two’ is funding the limbs with parts from Germany and MEND is funding the tools. We Help Two raise money by selling fundraising socks!
Most of the patients at Iyunga have either lost limbs through car/motorbike accidents or gangrene. So the team work with their patients to fit new limbs and teach them how to walk. If the patients are young and still growing they will need new limbs fitted in the near future as they grow.