QuadPara Association of KZN

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History

The First Fifteen Years (1993 to 2007)

Start up, relationship building, identifying meaningful projects with real positive impact, identifying donor partners, developing membership, and mapping needs.

These fifteen years have laid the foundation for the Association’s successful service delivery that is life changing for those we have chosen to serve.

Noting that the concept of “services for persons with disabilities, by persons with disabilities” is one that continues to work very well.

Somehow we have managed to stay afloat and drifted into our third decade with the huge task of developing the deepest rural areas in KwaZulu-Natal in a real, meaningful way thanks to our donor partners.

2008

history2008After coming very close to closure in the first half of the year, we were able to revive and rebuild our projects with some generous funding and some additional fundraising efforts.

 

Fundraising & other Partnerships

Events & Initiatives
A very successful breakfast was hosted at the Elangeni, with Ian MacIntosh and Jake White imparting some valuable insights into the realms of International and World Cup rugby. A similar event will be held annually as part of our sustainability goals.

2008 continued...

We are investigating initiatives that include Digital Imaging and Filing services, and CCTV monitoring and training.

At this stage we feel the CCTV and Training business offers a zero risk option that can be grown to sustain the village on a long-term basis. We have been offered a partnership with a major equipment supplier and an experienced accredited trainer. Capital funding is needed however, to set up our part of the business (secure control room).

history2008aA sponsored Golf Day was hosted by Andrew Wood Properties, and some much needed funding came our way, and kept the wheels turning.

 

 

 

 

 

Wheel clamping & Parking Disks
We have partnered Traffic Policing Associates, who are engaging some of the Shopping Centres to police their parking areas. We benefit from the full proceeds collected from clamping in bays designated for disabled disk holders.

We are also issuing parking disks to qualifying persons, and this is generating a small revenue.

 

Accessible Shuttle Service

history2008b“Budget Chauffer Services” have adapted a vehicle with a lift and wheelchair ties, and have partnered with the Association in an effort to offer safe, accessible transport to local and visiting wheelchair users. We applaud this initiative, and look forward to other enterprises taking up the challenge of providing accessible transport – the largest stumbling block to equitable employment opportunities facing wheelchair users.

The vehicle is currently based at Durban International Airport.

2008 Continued

Health & Leisure

A few of our members responded to an invitation from CURAMUS to attend their annual fly-fishing competition at Nottingham Road. A great chance for networking; many friends were made; and a good time was had by all. Thanks CURAMUS, we look forward to 2009 at Durban Harbour.

Giving back

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Although times were tough for us, we managed (with sponsorship) to give a little to some kids from Mariannhill District – what a truly moving experience.

2009

Rural Capacity Building

The six-week live-in courses started in February 2009 are proving to be invaluable to rural participants. The personal growth and confidence gained from the course has seen a renewed and positive motivation to improve both their own lifestyles and prospects, and those of other disabled persons within their communities.

One of their tasks is to maintain existing rural support groups, or establish new groups in areas where none exist. Good functioning support groups are critical to the successful reintegration and longevity of newly discharged SCI’s, and can be the difference between life and death.

We are proud to have initiated this program in KZN, and have undertaken to assist other QuadPara Regions to roll the project out within their Regions.

The KZN course has a waiting list of eager participants for the coming year.

                                   

Outreach

We have made some excellent contacts in Harding and Richmond, and have had some productive visits to these areas.

Both areas need assistance to establish centres for disabled development – sports, arts, basic handcraft and business skills, etc., and both have enthusiastic champions who are ready to drive the projects.

QAK will assist with fundraising and administration procedures.

 

Fundraising

Various events were held over the year. A very well supported golf day was held at Kloof Country Club, as well as a pigeon race and formal dinner-auction were the main events held.

Other smaller fundraisers helped to keep the wheels turning.

 

australian governmentCaregiver Training

Our very successful caregiver training program for unemployed ladies from disadvantaged communities, continued into its eleventh year in 2010.
We are very proud of the standards produced and the high placement rate achieved over the years.  Of the 93 trainees who started the course since 2000, 11 have been employed full-time at Ashley Village, 10 are current trainees, 10 are deceased, 12 dropped out, and 39 are employed elsewhere.

2010

Quite a year with the World Cup dominating thoughts and actions for a good chunk of the year. We did, however, make some landmark development choices by adding HIV-AIDS to our project focus. Two valuable partnerships were forged – one with Ikhaya Lobomi See below), and one with HEARD, a research program at University of Durban-Westville.

New – HIV-AIDS & Reproductive Health Program for Disabled.

All too often persons with disabilities are sidelined from HIV testing and AIDS treatment programs. Both are limited, so those administering these programs either openly state that testing a person with a disability is a waste because “they will never have a sexual relationship”, or more subtly feel that “able bodied” persons are more valuable to “save”.

The QuadPara Association of KZN has noted concerns emanating from our membership and others with disabilities, and has introduced an HIV-AIDS & Reproductive Health Program for persons with disabilities in KwaZulu-Natal.

The Association has partnered Ikhaya Lobomi – a 45 bed step-down facility situated in a severely disadvantaged community in KwaNyuswa (the Valley of a Thousand Hills), just North-West of Hillcrest in KZN.

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We have agreed to train a person with a disability and one other to repair wheelchairs, and then to run a wheelchair repair business from a container on the property. This will encourage wheelchair users to visit Ikhaya Lobomi, and to become a part of the program.

 

Wheelchair Distribution

50 standard wheelchairs were distributed from the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, and a further 40 rural wheelchairs were distributed from the Hillcrest Rotary Club. Many of these wheelchairs went to those who didn’t have a wheelchair.

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Expanded Transport

We are under huge pressure to expand our accessible (and aging) transport in and around the Ethekwini area. Mobility impaired persons are at a massive disadvantage when it comes to basic, reliable, and safe transport. Two new fitted midi busses have replaced two of our ten year old busses, thanks to NLDTF and the Victor Daitz Foundation.

We see our provision as a “drop in the ocean” – but every drop counts.

We are currently involved in the Ethekwini Transport Authority “Disabled Transport Forum”, and serve on the ETA Steering committee to establish a Dial-a-Ride service for persons with disabilities. This is set to start in February 2011.

 

Movie Making

Some of our staff and members took part in a interactive video course so more of our activities can be recorded, and DVD reports can be produced.

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Provincial Development

Our goal is to continue to establish support groups in all the Districts, as well as at all rural hospitals. These groups, once trained and capacitated, will form the “catchment” network and support needed for our Mobile Rehabilitation program, and newly discharged SCI’s.


Supply and loans of Specialised Equipment

We aim to increase our stocks of specialised equipment for loan. This includes air mattresses, specialised wheelchairs, pressure cushions, etc.


Capacity Building Program

Building character and independence through basic life skills and leadership development (see Capacity Building under Project Summary section).


Ashley Village Project

A full maintenance and security upgrade is desperately needed at the village. At present there are up to 17 quadriplegics and paraplegics living with inadequate security, some structural repairs are long overdue, buildings are in need of paint, and some safety and access issues need addressing.

The house next door is on the market. A total of R1 200 000 is required to purchase and modify for wheelchair access. The house has three bedrooms and 2 single flatlets, with room to build another two double bungalows – an additional nine places for rural capacity building and basic skills development courses.

We also need to implement and secure the ongoing sustainability of this project – caregiver salaries, garden maintenance salaries, utility costs, and groceries, can only be seen as essential project costs – without them Ashley Village closes its doors.


Sustainability Initiatives

The following initiatives have been introduced to assist with ongoing regional project sustainability :-


Chatterbox Call Centre

The Call Centre is negotiating two corporate contracts, and is currently running an information line and a communication centre for accessible transport bookings. We anticipate these will contribute significantly to the Associations sustainability initiatives.


Durban MiniTown

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MiniTown on the Durban beachfront is owned (not the land) by the Association, and has been the source of a steady monthly income that added R24 000 to our annual income last year. Ethekwini Council has recently assisted with a total upgrade, and is keen to see this tourist attraction improved further to host mini UShaka, Moses Mabhida Stadium, King Shaka Trade Port, etc. Business is picking up well since rebuilding, but is unlikely to have any major contribution towards our sustainability.


“Back to Work” Project

The Association has a Partnership with Scribante Labour Consultants to place persons with disabilities back into mainstream employment. The Association reaps a double benefit – seeing a real increase in the equity ratio for disabled, and a monetary spin-off for each placement initiated through the Association.

Three quadriplegics and two paraplegics were placed in permanent employment, and a further three quadriplegics and one paraplegic have been employed in our communication and booking centre in 2010.


Dial-a-Ride Booking & Communication Centre

Ethekwini Transport Authority has contracted Vukasambe Investments (Pty) Ltd., a transport service provider, to run an accessible transport system for persons with disabilities in the Ethekwini Area.

The QuadPara Association of KZN have partnered Vukasambe in their transport plan, and are contracted to establish, manage, and run a bookings and communication centre between 5.30am and 7.00pm seven days a week.


General Fundraising

A number of fundraising events are run on an ongoing basis. These include; Corporate golf days, corporate speaker functions, pigeon racing, ad hoc venue hire for club meetings, small event evenings, etc.

Funding continues to be a constant source of anxious and uncomfortable times, and further income generation projects need to be established and developed if we have any chance of ongoing sustainability and development in the years ahead.


Parking Management

We are fortunate to be the beneficiaries of parking fines paid to some of the larger shopping centres in KZN by drivers abusing disabled parking bays. In an ideal world this project would show a zero income, but unfortunately disabled parking bays remain the main target for the “just a minute” specialists.


AmaShova Cycle Race

We at the Association were “blown away” by the generosity of a number of AmaShova riders and their sponsors. The 2010 ride brought in around R110 000 for the Associations’ Ashley Village project, thanks to Greg, who rode the hand cycle, Patrick, who co-ordinated the fundraising aspect, and all participating riders and sponsors. Patrick has already started organising for 2011.

2011

VISITATION, COUNSELLING, AND OUTREACH

We are often called on by hospitals to visit newly injured spinal cord patients and their families for specialised advice, counselling, and general assistance. Peer counselling is planned to form a more formal discipline with training, structures, and parameters clearly outlined to provide a uniform counselling programme that can be monitored to maximize patient benefit.

Our specialised equipment stocks are slowly increasing, which allows us to assist those who need special devices or treatment, but don’t have the finances to pay for them.  There is currently two pressure mattresses and two motorised wheelchairs out on loan.

2011 Continued

QAK facilitated the identification of beneficiaries, and the delivery of eighty basic rural wheelchairs from Rotary, fifty two wheelchairs and cushions from the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, five motorised wheelchairs and twenty adjustable child wheelchairs donated to QAK, a further eighteen rural wheelchairs, eleven Roho cushions, and fifty child mattresses.

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Handover at Hluhluwe Mattress handover at Hluhluwe

                          

Some members were helped with free transport, and three members were assisted with their education.

A number of visitors – both individual and groups – were hosted at Ashley Village to keep and forge friendships.

This year has given us a glimpse of the huge need out in deep rural KZN. There are so many persons with severe physical disabilities (estimates between 8 000 and 9 000) who have absolutely nothing, and very little hope of lifting themselves out of the poverty and hopelessness they experience. For many, just a wheelchair is a life changing luxury that offers mobility and some freedom from total dependence.

An impossible budget is needed to rectify the situation, but we have to continue to do what we can to uplift persons with severe disabilities in these poverty stricken communities.

2011 Continued

lotteryGoing Green at Ashley Village

Eleven solar geysers were installed in an effort to save on the rising electricity costs.

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One of the Solar heated geysers


Other improvements

The very broken and bumpy driveway into Ashley Village was paved (thank you DG Murray Trust), and new electric fencing beefed up the security at Ashley Village (thank you 31 Club).

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From this To this

         
Also, the leaking roof was lifted and trusses and waterproofing replaced at Ashley House (thank you DG Murray Trust).

2011 Continued

Children with disabilities

2011 was also a year of expanding our vision to include children with severe mobility impairments.

Our Rural Development Officer spent a portion of 2011 identifying and interviewing parents of children with disabilities to build an understanding of their greatest needs, and the following service shortcomings were identified:-

  • •    Accessible transport. There is no accessible transport outside private or school specific busses.
  • •    Assistive devices. Mobility aids, such as wheelchairs, are usually needed to fit a specific individual, and this means specialised fitting to suit posture, growth, etc. State Hospitals only supply standard wheelchairs that cannot be adjusted to rectify bad posture or spinal sclerosis defects. Specialised wheelchairs need to be made available and adjusted to suit each individual if irreversible damage is to be avoided.
  • •    Education & Training. The levels of education and practical skills development in rural KZN is poor at best. Many children with disabilities have little hope of reaching any level of independence or social dignity, and are left to exist as a burden to their families and communities.

The QuadPara Association of KZN has taken these concerns into account, and has established a special fund to address these needs. Yes, the task is enormous, but we cannot sit back and do nothing. If the Association starts building a fund now, and starts delivering services and solutions soon, a real difference to some lives can at least begin.

As mentioned in the “outreach” report above, we were enormously privileged to be able to assist 22 children with specialised adjustable wheelchairs, as well as helping Khulani Special School in Hluhluwe with much needed mattresses and stoma supplies. A small but significant start.

2011 Continued

Farming & Agricultural Training

The Association is concerned about the lack of practical and theoretical training for persons with disabilities who would like to go farming. We don’t know of any persons with disabilities who have been given the opportunity to take advantage of the land reform program.

We envisage running a 44 week live-in agricultural training program that will equip graduate learners with the following skills:-

  • •    Practical, hands-on farming.
  • •    Identifying the best crops or live-stock for your area.
  • •    Financial management skills.
  • •    Marketing skills & Cooperative interactions.
  • •    Franchising and guaranteed buy-back opportunities.


We have over 25 years collective experience in training and skills development, but recognise the need for some real farming experience and degree based learning.

A number of successful and experienced farmers, and lecturers in the agricultural field have pledged their support to the whole project. At least 22 weeks of the training program will be dedicated to theory, marketing, and financial management.

Suitable farms are difficult to come by, but we will continue looking in an effort to launch and run this project successfully.

2012

Rural Outreach

2012 was a year of expanding further into rural KZN (the need is huge!).

The Provincial Development Officer held a number of mini workshops that focused on life skills development, small and micro business management & entrepreneurial skills, and HIV-AIDS & Disability.


“Life is Sweet”

A sustainability initiative that was introduced towards the end of 2012.

We are starting with conference and meeting sweet packs, and will develop specialised mass market packs in the first half of 2013.

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We want every quadriplegic and paraplegic in KZN to be able to say with conviction that, “Life is sweet”.

This can only happen with an expanded service from the QuadPara Association of KZN to the 8 000 to 9 000 quadriplegics and paraplegics in the Province.


Wheelchair & Assistive Device Fund

A “Wheelchair Fund” was established to cater for the desperate need for good, workable assistive devices (pressure cushions and mattresses, suitable, fitted wheelchairs, etc.).

When the following sequence of photos is seen, it becomes essential to ensure this fund is well supported in future.

A wheelchair means everything to someone who doesn’t have one.

And from this...

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To THIS!

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2013

ASHLEY VILLAGE

Ashley Village remains a major success for the Association. In the Twenty years since opening its doors, it has grown into a home and a personal development ground for the forty one quadriplegics and paraplegics it has served over the years. Of these, nineteen have moved on to live within the community, eight are deceased, and fifteen are currently accommodated.  Ten of the residents are employed full-time, and five are retired, training, or looking for work.

Ashley Village employs a total of fifteen permanent caregivers, between eight and twelve trainee caregivers, three drivers, and two grounds men.

The booking centre for the Ethekwini Dial-a-Ride transport system is contracted to Ashley Village. Two quadriplegics (one from outside) and an able bodied Lady are employed in the centre.

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RURAL CAPACITY BUILDING                                                                                      

The rural capacity building courses started in 2009, and these are proving to be very successful, motivating, and life changing for those attending.

The Association has recently been given R900 000 by the Victor Daitz Foundation to purchase the property next door. Transfer was confirmed on the 8th December 2013.
The property will be developed as a capacity building and care centre that focuses on a holistic approach to developing persons with severe disabilities into healthy, positive members of an open society. The facility will be named the “Victor Daitz Capacity Building & Care Centre”. Some pledges have been made and proposals are pending to fund the improvements and equipment needed.

We are proud to have initiated this project in partnership with the Victor Daitz Foundation, and we feel well satisfied that it will continue extending a positive footprint to all corners of KZN.

Thanks to the Ashley Village residents who give their input and years of experience to the program.

         

CAREGIVER TRAINING

This project, although highly successful, is currently running with minimum student numbers. We continue to investigate the opportunity to run Caregiver learnerships through Services SETA, but are struggling to develop a program that can be accredited. Thanks must go to the donors who recognise the value of partnering the project.


TRANSPORT

lotteryWe have three vehicles that are extensively used to transport quadriplegics and other mobility impaired persons to and from work, training modules, learnerships, and some excursions (1 of the vehicles has done in excess of 500 000 kms and is almost twelve years old). Although a minimal transport fee is charged, the Association heavily subsidises the total cost of three full-time drivers, fuel, maintenance, insurance, and vehicle tracking. The demand for accessible transport, which was partially satisfied with the introduction of a Dial-a-Ride service, has once again grown to exceed 500 passenger trips per month since Dial-a-Ride experienced some serious fleet management problems.

We are part of the Dial-a-Ride and the Universal Access steering committees that meet with Ethekwini Transport Authority on a regular basis.


ROAD SAFETY

KZN members continue to participate in this worthwhile awareness campaign. You will see our quadriplegic and paraplegic members encouraging motorists to sign a pledge to drive safely, at strategic stops on the mainline at the beginning and end of most school holidays.
 

VISITATION, COUNSELLING, AND OUTREACH

We are often called on by hospitals to visit newly injured spinal cord patients and their families for specialised advice, counselling, and general assistance. Peer counselling tapered off last year, although an increased demand has seen us attending groups in Hospitals in the past few months.

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Mbali & Khulekani (both from the capacity building course) talking to students at Mason Lincoln School.

 

Our specialised equipment stocks are slowly increasing, which allows us to assist those who need special devices or treatment, but don’t have the finances to pay for them.  

QAK facilitated the identification of beneficiaries, and the purchase and delivery of fifty three rural wheelchairs and cushions, five motorised wheelchairs, a hospital bed and pressure mattress, a mobile hoist, and six pressure cushions with funding from the Midmar “Extra Mile” campaign (ten rural wheelchairs), and Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom (thirty one rural and two motorised). These distributions gave us five standard wheelchairs to revamp and give to others in desperate need. We also purchased a further seven rural wheelchairs to satisfy some desperate needs.

 

Some photographs

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Some wheelchairs and pressure cushions given away in 2013

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Some “Extra Mile” beneficiaries

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                     Some “Sibaya” beneficiaries ( 2 hand-overs)                           Wheelchairs ready for hand-over


A wheelchair and assistive device fund is long overdue, and is established as an adopted program of the Association. Mobility, accessible transport, as well as development and training are services a person with a physical disability cannot function without.

Medical supply hampers, food hampers, and free transport was given to some of our members who were struggling financially. The demand is ever increasing, and we would like to be able to expand these give-aways to a far greater pool of poorer members.

Many visitors – both individual and groups – were hosted at Ashley Village to keep and forge friendships.


PROVINCIAL DEVELOPMENT

lotteryHCIOur Provincial Development Officer, Sipho, has continued with the job of support group and rural network development, and is now moving ahead in partnership with the rural capacity building “graduates”. This has a two-fold benefit in that beneficiaries are supported by their local peers, and good potential capacity building students are easily identified.

We have reached out and visited Empangeni, Richards Bay, Scottburgh, Ladysmith,  and Pietermaritzburg, where we have identified a great deal of enthusiasm for resource and skills development, sports training, and self-help centre development. The task is massive.


INCOME GENERATION

MiniTown has picked up very nicely since reopening in June 2010. QAK receives around R24 000 annually from this project.

The Call Centre does the registrations, transport bookings, and passenger planning for Ethekweni Dial-A-Ride transport, and this will bring in a net income of around R175 000 for the current year, and will net a further R400 000 to March 2014 if we are awarded the Dial-a-Ride tender from December (or around R3.6 million over the 36 month contract).

Some of our buildings at Ashley Village are rented out at around R66 000 per annum.

The rural capacity building project also generates approximately R300 000 a year for Ashley Village.

Funding, however, continues to be a constant source of anxious and uncomfortable times, and income generating options are constantly being investigated.


HIV-AIDS, REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH, & DISABILITY

We are extremely concerned about a number of misconceptions that exist in a modern South Africa today.

QAK has partnered a research program at Durban-Westville University into the HIV-AIDS support needs amongst persons with disabilities in KZN.

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Our Provincial Development Officer was subsequently part of the interview team, and remains part of the project going forward.

ROLLING + also took off in KZN with ten peer facilitators being trained from QAK. As an organisation that has lost a number of staff members to HIV-AIDS, we look forward to this project delivering life changing information to growing numbers of persons with disabilities in KZN.


TRANSFORMATION

Although transformation has been on our agenda for some time now, this past five years has demonstrated a positive step towards demographic reflection and membership growth. 83.7% of the 933 disabled members are Black.

With increased rural capacity building over the past few years, we now have a Management Board that closely reflects the member demographic in KZN (now at 90% Black).

The Association is a certified value added Level 4 (100%) contributor to B-BBEE, and the beneficiary demographic stands at 83% Black.


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SOME R & R

We were privileged once again to partner the 2013 “Buddy Care” fishing competition at the Naval Base in Durban Harbour. There were around 150 fishermen with disabilities, who were well hosted by an enthusiastic Buddy Care team on the day.

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ETV Spot

We were privileged to host the production crew from “Kaelo Stories of Hope”, who showcased the Capacity Building program. This was aired on ETV in September.

Thank you to the HCI Foundation for arranging this.

2014

RURAL CAPACITY BUILDING

The rural capacity building courses started in 2009, and these are proving to be very successful, motivating, and life changing for those attending.

Thanks to the Ashley Village residents who give their input and years of experience to the program.

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Some of the CB Participants in 2014

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The success of the rural capacity building project has prompted us to look for ways to expand the program to a greater number of participants. An opportunity to purchase the property next door presented itself in 2013 and was eventually purchased with a donation that covered the full cost from the Victor Daitz Foundation. A huge debt of gratitude is owed to them for getting this expanded project launched.

Plans have now been drawn and submitted to establish a six-room Capacity Building & Care Centre, and funding proposals have been sent out to cover the estimated building, fitting, and furnishing costs. We are currently waiting for approval from the Council and some pledges have been made towards the cost of renovations and alterations.

It has been agreed to name the facility “The Victor Daitz Capacity Building & Care Centre” and it will increase the number of participants to 88 per annum, with a further 400 to 500 per annum reached as secondary beneficiaries.
 
Preliminary plans for the “Victor Daitz Capacity Building & Care Centre”.

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CAREGIVER TRAINING

This project, although highly successful, is running with minimum student numbers. We continue to investigate the opportunity to run Caregiver learnerships through Services SETA, but are struggling to develop a program that can be accredited. Thanks must go to the donors who recognise the value of partnering the project.


TRANSPORT

We have two vehicles that are extensively used to transport quadriplegics and other mobility impaired persons to and from work, training modules, learnerships, and some excursions (both vehicles have done in excess of 200 000 kms and are starting to cost for maintenance). Although a minimal transport fee is charged, the Association heavily subsidises the total cost of the full-time drivers, fuel, maintenance, insurance, and vehicle tracking. The demand for accessible transport, which was partially satisfied with the introduction of a Dial-a-Ride service, has once again grown to exceed 500 passenger trips per month since Dial-a-Ride experienced some serious fleet management problems.

We are part of the Universal Access steering committees that meet with Ethekwini Transport Authority for the IRPTN (or “GO”) Project.

 

VISITATION, COUNSELLING, AND OUTREACH

Peer counselling took an upward turn in 2014, with regular counselling & support visits to Greys and King Dinizulu Hospitals during the year, and calls are coming in from other Hospitals around KZN.

QAK once again facilitated the identification of beneficiaries, and the purchase and delivery of 10 child buggies, and one adjustable positioner  with funding from the Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom, three rural wheelchairs and two motorised wheelchairs to satisfy some desperate needs, a hospital bed and pressure mattress, a mobile hoist, and a pressure cushion all from donations and general funds. Two specialised (adjustable) rural wheelchairs were donated to the Association and these were passed on to two more quadriplegics.

The Provincial Development Officer also identified and measured beneficiaries, and delivered eight wheelchairs from the QASA-Bidvest Wheelchair Project.

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Some “Sibaya” beneficiaries

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In a Motorised Wheelchair for the first time           Outing for Hillcrest Hospital patients

 

A QAK wheelchair and assistive device fund is long overdue, and is established as an adopted program of the Association. Mobility, accessible transport, as well as development and training are services a person with a physical disability cannot function without.

Medical supply hampers, food hampers, free transport services were given to some of our members who were struggling financially, and some group outings were done for patients from Hillcrest Hospital and Phoenix Rehabilitation Centre. The demand is ever increasing, and we would like to be able to expand these give-aways to a far greater pool of poorer members.

Many visitors – both individual and groups – were hosted at Ashley Village to keep and forge friendships.


PROVINCIAL DEVELOPMENT

Our Provincial Development Officer, Sipho, has continued with the job of support group and rural network development, and is now moving ahead in partnership with the rural capacity building “graduates”. This has a two-fold benefit in that beneficiaries are supported by their local peers, and good potential capacity building students are easily identified.

We have reached out and visited Empangeni, Richards Bay, Nongoma, Scottburgh, Ladysmith,  and Pietermaritzburg, where we have identified a great deal of enthusiasm for resource and skills development, sports training, and self-help centre development. The task is massive.

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Empangeni Awareness “Imbizo”

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Nongoma “Imbizo”

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Relationship building                                          Rural workshop

Acknowledgement

A huge debt of gratitude is owed to all our donors and grant makers who have shared our vision over the past twenty two years. Without your generosity we would not have left the “starting blocks”.


These activities over the years make the QuadPara Association of KZN one of the top providers of real services and life changing opportunities to persons with severe mobility impairments in KwaZulu-Natal.

** 2015 and beyond **

A real challenge to continue growing to make a significant difference to the lives of those we have committed to serve.

We are truly proud of our development growth since 1993, but remain forever grateful to all who have chosen to partner our dreams over the years.

 

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