The biggest challenge we face regarding infrastructure in our community outreach locations is space availability!! Whether we are in individual homes or in the local health centres, we are always restricted by the availability of space to work, and as the demand for our services grows this will become a greater problem. We are thinking of buying a couple of put up tents that we can transport in our mobile health unit, so that we can work outdoors, with shade and protection at all our locations. We don't want to lose the relationships that we have developed with the health centres and they are always short of space, even without our presence and so we must find ways to make it work for both of us.
In regards to the Dairy, this is primarily a project to raise money to support the child development centre and ensure sustainability. We are using it to raise awareness of the centre and the work we are doing through leaflets available at the sales outlets, as well as selling it directly from our centre in Fort Portal, information on the packaging and with social media and marketing through our websites. Is your cafe run by some of your beneficiaries/families? Does it help with your sustainability? I like that idea of a cafe/coffee shop on your property. Someone else suggested to us, on a different platform, that running a internet cafe or hub would be a good opportunity to get foot traffic through and raise awareness while also providing facilities that are needed by all.
Thank you for the suggestions of reaching out to Handicap International and the Leonard Cheshire home in Uganda. We have contacted both of these before, without a successful outcome, but we shall certainly try again, do you have a direct contact with either that we could try with an introduction - happy to do this through email rather than on the public forum.
Hi embracekulture, thanks for your comments. We have had a few children with Autism come through our programme, and we have tried some behaviour interventions, particularly through our occupational therapy programme and the school outreach programme, but we found that parents were very resistant to the recommendations that we made, in terms of addressing behaviours, creating routine and structure and even the understanding of Autism and it's management. Similarly, we have found local schools extremely reluctant to accept any children with Autism. I would be very interested to talk further with you about a parent intervention programme, and possibly some training from your team to ours to strengthen our knowledge and skills when working with children with Autism. We are currently running parents groups for children with cerebral palsy, with mothers trained to facilitate, and I think this idea could also work really well with other disabilities, including Autism. Many thanks and best wishes