Working with disabled and A Chance for Children
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Working with disabled

The Christoph Bettermann School, named after a young wheelchair user, opened in 2012; its construction was financed by Christoph's family. The boarding school and holiday programmes focus on children with physical and multiple disabilities, with urgent therapy needs.

The Christoph-Bettermann-School

Currently there are 22 Ugandan employees working at the school, caring for 50 seriously disabled children. Their aim is to encourage independence and the ability to contribute to society. Children work in our therapeutic garden and have sessions with Steven, our motorcycle-riding physiotherapist once a week. He has been joined since 2014 by another employee who delivers a combination of physiotherapy and social care. Three times a week he drives through the villages to visit children and their families, often finding 'new' children with special needs. Children's progress can be dramatic, which is very gratifying.

The dramatic progress is gratifying.

– Thomas Knapp

Holiday programme 

To sustain relationships with their parents it is important that children return to their families three times a year. We use our buildings even in the holidays, organising camps for up to 50 children who spend two weeks at the Christoph-Bettermann-School receiving intense therapy, while their parents are trained in techniques to help the children.

Inclusion

We do not want the Christoph-Bettermann-School to be isolated from the community. Some children use it as a stepping-stone to normal school, but continue to live there. Others only visit for a few therapy sessions. Integration of disabled children into the community is important to raise awareness and combat prejudices.

Medical emergencies

We are often confronted with medical emergencies. A small operation to us, such as cleft palate, makes a huge difference to a child's life. Our medical emergency fund can provide heart surgery for a little girl or an operation for a child with hydrocephalus, who would have died without the aid of A Chance for Children.

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