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Children and their families do not exist in isolation. Inclusion
needs to happen at all levels to be sustainable. Uhambo supports children with
disabilities in Southern Africa, their families and communities to bring about
Uhambo is a 501c3 that was founded solely to further the impact
of the Uhambo Foundation of
Cape Town, South Africa.
Founded by an award-winning social entrepreneur, Shona McDonald,
Uhambo Foundation is a South African nonprofit organization established in
2010. The organization grew out of the work of Shonaquip, a social enterprise
that designs, manufactures and distributes wheelchairs, to bring about social
change for all children with mobility disabilities in South Africa. Uhambo
Foundation complements the work of Shonaquip and our partners in government,
health, rehabilitation, educational, community and other settings. We focus on
the following programs:
COMMUNITY SUPPORT: We offer support to individuals, families and
communities, building capacity through Parent Champions and Parent Support
STIMULATION PROGRAM: All children have the right to
opportunities for learning, development and education. Through the NDINOGONA
stimulation program, we use play to develop the capacity of ECD and day care
centers, special needs and inclusive schools to stimulate the learning and
development of children with disabilities in the classroom.
SEATING SERVICES: In some cases in South Africa the waiting list
for assistive and wheelchair devices can be as long as three years. We work
with both centers and individuals to support those in urgent need of assistive
devices and support skills training of repair technicians and capacity building
TRAINING: We run training programs for social workers, other
NPOs and service providers to help them to become more disability- aware, to
enable them to screen and refer children and families affected by disability to
existing, appropriate local support and services.
AWARENESS: Often invited to contribute to policy, conduct
disability household surveys and develop resources for an inclusive society,
Uhambo proudly lobbies for the rights of people with disabilities in less
resourced settings such as South Africa.
Uhambo’s affiliates in the US, Netherlands and UK support the
mission of Uhambo Foundation and Shonaquip abroad, seeking to further the
impact of Uhambo's successful holistic model, mobilize resources and cultivate
business partnerships to support Uhambo's expansion in Africa and eventually
other developing countries.
Uhambo’s vision is to improve equality for children with
disabilities through empowerment of parents and caregivers of children and
youth with mobility and other disabilities (and their communities), in line
with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.