Budaka Cheshire Home and Rehabilitation Centre

Budaka Cheshire Home and Rehabilitation Centre


The Project

Budaka Rehabilitation Home is a charitable organisation started in 1970.  The purpose of the Home was to improve the quality of life for children with disabilities in Palissa and surrounding districts in a relatively poor agricultural area in Eastern Uganda. Disabilities dealt with include polio, club foot, osteomyelitis, burn contractures, cleft palates and hydrocephalus. Currently, Sister Mary Florence in charge of the home. Short-term rehabilitation programmes are carried out including identification and mobilisation of the children, sensitisation of their community, medical or surgical treatment, provision of appliances and follow-ups. The centre is responsible for finding the children in their homes and convincing them that they can be helped in the home and in hospital, a fact which many people in the village doubt.

The Future

With FOAG funds, Sister Mary Florence has been able to fence the home and on FOAG’s last visit in February 2012 we were able to be part of the ’opening’ of this new security.  This fencing ensured that no vulnerable children were able to wander off from the home.  More importantly it was now more difficult for intruders to wander in which has happened on a number of occasions. FOAG was also able to supply funds for new kitchen stoves and renovation of the kitchen.  This has been a great asset to the home.  Sister Mary Florence stated that they were now able to cook without choking on the smoke and fumes.  The next priority is the installation of a water storage system.  This is a really essential item for this home.

The fencing which has ensured the safety of the children and protected them from any intruders who tried to enter. Some peace of mind for Sister Mary Florence.

Budaka now has 70 resident and 30 day children. Over 60 children have benefitted from medical treatment and/or surgery during the past year.  During this time the cost of surgery has almost doubled, despite very limited financial resources. Fencing the whole premises has been a target for some time, to both improve security and also to prevent children wandering away.

Budaka Home is a FOAG supported project which never fails to deeply move those who call in. Every day is a daunting financial challenge to Sister Mary Florence and her staff and yet the love and care which ‘her’ children receive is unfailing. To be entertained and greeted by disabled children who, on the face of it, have no reason to smile whatsoever, is a humbling experience...even to the most seasoned visitor. The Budakas of this world remind one of a true sense of perspective in an age where real values are often so distorted.

Budaka and FOAG History

When FOAG first looked at Budaka about eight years ago, the Home was in poor shape, with neglected buildings, poor living conditions for the patients and problems with the agricultural enterprises.   For various reasons there has been a dramatic change to which FOAG has been a major contributor, with improved water supply systems, new beds and mattresses and currently with new fuel-efficient stoves, as well as regular funding for children's operations, treatment and medicines. The whole place looks better - roads and buildings repaired, crops growing, productive animals and children looking more cheerful, not least because they no longer have to hand-pump every drop of water.

The Home works hand in hand with the community-based rehabilitation worker and the local leaders to bring the children for assessment. Every Wednesday the centre pick-up goes out to the villages to bring in the children and their carers for assessment at the centre. If they appear ready for operation they are taken to hospital the next morning where the next course of action is decided by the surgeon. The children who stay at the Home are those who need further treatment and help until they are fit to go back to the village. Sometimes their strength has to be built up by proper feeding before they can undergo surgery.   The children attend the near-by schools during the day if they are well enough. The Home has some land and animal projects which help with food and finance and a knitting workshop run by a severely disabled man which also provides some income. There is a small workshop for repair of appliances.

Project Co-ordinator:

Ian Kirby

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