Thrive Malawi Fundraising Goal
Our goal in 2017 is to raise $45,000 in order to deliver the following services by working in partnership with Kathy Bowler and COBT.
The COBT client base: Over 1952 children have been registered since inception.
|Year||New Children Registered
Rehabilitation Services: Physiotherapy, Occupational and Speech therapy
These services are available at the main centre in Area 25 as well as at the Integrated Preschool, Special Education Program and Outreach clinics.
The Outreach clinics provide therapy services in 11 rural communities so that the children living in these villages can attend therapy twice a week. In 2016 Outreach Clinics will be held in Mbabvi, Nambuma, Chitukula, Kauma, Mgwangwa, Njewa, Lumbadzi, Mchezi, Daeyang Luke Hospital, ABC Community Clinic, Nsalu and Mtandire.
|Children receiving therapy||2016|
|Occupational Therapy Program||120|
|Speech Therapy Program||60|
|Outreach Clinics Therapy Program||441|
Kathy Bowler Download Kathy’s Resume
3 Rehab Technicians
1 Occupational Therapist
1 Communications Disorders Technician
1 Sign Language Instructor
Enables children access to an orthopedic surgeon and surgery if needed.
Specialized EquipmentProvides the parents and their children with the equipment they need to carry out therapy at home. Funding is required to purchase the raw materials to make special chairs, pillows, arm wraps, walking frames, wheelchairs and other pieces of equipment such as harnesses and seatbelts. The Equipment Loan Program also purchases ankle foot orthoses, spinal braces and prosthetic limbs.
|Year||Total Recipients||Total Pieces of Equipment||Recipients of Wheelchairs||Total Recipients of Orthotics & Prosthetics||Number of Orthotics & Prosthetics|
Epilepsy Clinics in partnership with local Doctors
Provides children and adults with Epilepsy consultation with a doctor and access to epilepsy medication twice a month. COBT partners with the Lilongwe District Health Office (DHO) and whenever possible receives the medication free from them. Transportation costs to come to the clinic are also covered. In 2016 clinics were held as well at 8 Outreach Clinics.
Nutrition Support to help Children achieve their expected weight
Provides malnourished children with the assistance they need to increase their weight through provision of maize soya porridge and chiponde (fortified peanut butter paste). Malnourished children are weighed and height and MUAC (middle upper arm circumference) measurements are taken biweekly. Maize soya porridge is given to all children under weight for their age. Children with a MUAC of 12 cm or under or who have lost weight or have edema will be given chiponde as well.
Provides quality preschool education for children with disabilities and their able-bodied peers. The school operates from a house acquired by COBT in 2011 and at all 11 existing Outreach Clincs.
One Preschool Head Teacher, 2 Preschool teachers and a caregiver deliver preschool services.
2011: 40 children were registered.
2012: 75 children with disabilities and 10 able-bodied children were registered in 2012, daily attendance ranged from 40 to 58.
2013: 194 children registered including between 7 and 10 able-bodied children, daily attendance averaged 45 children, 11 students graduated to elementary school.
2014: 166 children attended preschool. Children are grouped into those entering preschool and those preparing to enter primary school.
2015: 145 children attended preschool in either the entry level program or the program for entry to primary school.
2016: 405 children attended preschool programs. 197 children attended the main centre for preschool across 3 programs: preparing for primary school, preschool, behaviour challenge program. 208 children attended preschool at one of 11 Outreach Clinics.
Special Education Program
Provides education services to children struggling in the school system or striving to enter the school system. Offered by a Teacher with a Diploma for the Learning Impaired and a Teacher with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a minor in Special Education.
2013: 100+ children and young adults registered, 30 attending on average every day, 8 children graduated to elementary school.
2014: 131 children were assisted through specialized programs: preparation to enter the school system, remedial for extra support, Standards 1 to 4, Standards 5 to 8, hearing impaired, visually impaired and behaviour challenged.
2015: 225 children were provided special education through 1 of 5 programs: Preparation to enter the school system, remedial Standards 1 to 4 and Standards 5 to 8, Hearing Impairment, Visual Impairment and Behaviour Challenges. Services are provided at the main site in Lilongwe (172 children) and new this year through 4 Outreach Clinics (53 children).
2016: 228 children were provided special education through 1 of 7 programs those provided previously and 2 new programs to support school readiness for those too old for preschool. 182 children attended the main centre and 46 one of eleven Outreach Clinics.
The combined demand for the Preschool and the Special Education Program is putting pressure on space and a third house for the Special Education Program is needed.
The Daily Feeding Program
Provides a full protein meal for each child attending our facilities every day. We serve a variety of meals to the children including nsima, the local staple food, with a protein source and a vegetable, rice porridge made from rice and groundnut flour, or maize soya porridge. We also serve a snack to the children attending some of the outreach clinics and the Epilepsy clinics.
2013 – 2016: 100+ children fed daily (Rehabilitation Centre, Integrated Preschool and Special Education Centre, 10 Outreach Clinics)