GLORES TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION CENTRE
The year 2015 was a busy in GLORES and we ran the risk of forgetting the children for whom the centre is being built. We had to reduce our activities in villages in order to progress the construction of the building. The rains were very heavy and threatened to destroy the work that had been done on the building. There was no damage and the building has reached a point where rain no longer threatens the building.
Trees were planted by a partner organisation, CAMGEW, and these will shield the building from strong winds when mature. The temporary storage building had been destroyed by strong winds and heavy rainfall.
The only works now required to complete the building are:
- the ceiling
- doors and windows
- installation of water pipes, sinks, lavabos, toilets and external tanks
- water connection to the mains
- electrical wiring and connection
- environmental safety works and work on channelling rain water
If the building is completed by December 2016 we expect to open it by Jan 10th 2017.
Survey carried out in 2015
Despite the time taken to progress work on the new centre during 2015 GLORES carried out the following treatment:
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During 2015 we received 200 children. Of these 175 were successfully treated.
The heavy rains made transportation very difficult on the poor roads to the villages.
Disabilities like cerebral palsy take a long time and cannot be managed within a year.
Generally hospitals in the country do not have rehabilitation facilities, there are few qualified personnel and there are only a few treatment centres.
Sensitisation in the villages was limited because of the transport problems caused by heavy rainfall.
Parents who were mainly farmers find it hard to meet the basic needs of their families let alone the expense of treating their disabled children.
The Liliane Foundation which used to sponsor our treatment of disabled children no longer does so since the death of its founder Liliane Brekelmans Gronert in 2015. Only 3 children had surgery during 2015 with the help of parents and GLORES contributions.
Why the new centre will increase the operations of GLORES:
- Transportation to the centre will be much easier as it is located on main surfaced highway frequently used by taxis and public transport
- The new building will be more spacious than our existing rented building. There will be several treatment rooms thus enabling many children to be treated at the same time
- The workshop is spacious thus enabling the production of prosthetics equipment
- There will be enough room for a therapeutic play area for children
- Many more people will get to know about the work of GLORES due to the location of the new building on a highway that will be used by many people going to football matches. The existing building we use is located in a poorly maintained road that is not used very much by the general public
- GLORES has future plans to construct another building that will provide living accommodation for children after treatment thus helping with their rehabilitation and easing the burden on parents who would otherwise have to make frequent visits with their disabled children during this rehabilitation period. Nevertheless there will be some limited accommodation for this purpose in the new building.
Most of the funds for our work since 2005 have come from the FIOH Education and Development Fund
With this help the following has been provided:
- Therapeutic equipment and materials
- Staff salaries
- Assistance with the cost of rent
- Financing of the new centre