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Girl sitting outside in the sunshine with her Mother and the Community Disability Worker
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Andisiwe outside in the sunshine with her Mother and Buzeka the Community Disability Worker

Andisiwe has Cerebral Palsy and lives with her mother and sister. She spends most of her time in bed and had no rehabilitation in the last five years, but since Andisiwe been part of the Rural Abiblity Programme and with her new wheelchair that has been fitted to her body she can now enjoy a meal sitting up and even spend time outdoors.

Andisiwe Mnunu Story

Andisiwe Mnunu is 17 year old girl with Cerebral Palsy who lives with her mother and sister.  When Buzeka the Community Disability Worker first visited their home she found that Andisiwe spent most of her time in bed and that her mother was feeling unsupported and overwhelmed.  Andisiwe had had no rehabilitation intervention in the last five years and even though she had a wheelchair this did not fit her body properly so it couldn’t be used.  Andisiwe’s mother had given up hope as she had been told by medical staff that her daughter she would never be able to do anything.

There has been a really positive change in Andisiwe and her family’s life since they have been part of the Rural Ability Programme.  Her wheelchair has been fitted to her body and she can now enjoy a meal sitting up and spend time outdoors with mother.   The family interacts more with her and have noticed that she claps her hands and smiles broadly when people enter the room.  Andisiwe’s mother says that she is proud of what her daughter has achieved and is very grateful to the Community Disability Worker and the Rural Ability Programme.


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