Goldstar Insurance, the largest indigenous insurance firm, yesterday morning donated 25 wheelchairs to Katalemwa Cheshire Children’s Home. The donation marked the start of a range of activities to mark twenty years of Goldstar Insurance serving Uganda.
Paul Kavuma, the deputy managing director of Goldstar Insurance, described the home for the disabled children as ‘special’ and committed that the insurers will continue to work with them. “We saw the need to support and we want to continue working with Katalemwa. This is not the last time you are seeing us. We will come back again,” Kavuma said.
Samali Matovu, the executive director of Katalemwa Cheshire Children’s Home acknowledged that the donation ‘will take us a long way in rehabilitating children’; she added that many parents cannot afford to buy appliances for their children hence the need for support from organizations like Goldstar.
Matovu, who revealed that sustaining the home’s activities is a challenge, said “With the new wheelchairs from Goldstar, children will be able to access social services like education because they can now move to school. Mobility had hampered them.”
For the last 46 years, Katalemwa Cheshire Children’s Home has been offering services to disabled parents and children. Among the services the home offers is physiotherapy, medial rehabilitation, psycho-social support and equipment, community outreaches, education, economic empowerment, home based care and advocacy.
They receive children as young as one year suffering from a range of complications and deformities. Many of the children are suffering from spinal bifida, hydrocephalus, cerebral pulse, intellectual disabilities, and bone deformities among others.
The home has a team of professionals who offer services like occupational therapy, physiotherapy, counselling, measurement and fitting of assistive devices, construction of therapy equipment at home using locally available raw materials and empowering caregivers with basic rehabilitation skills. The team also meets with community leaders to create awareness about disabilities and their management.