Butiru Rehabilitation Cheshire Home

Butiru Rehabilitation Cheshire Home


The Project

FOAG has been involved with the ongoing commitment from year to year of providing funds for operations for disabled children since 2002 and currently this amounts to £3000 annually. The major disabilities that are handled at Butiru are polio, cerebral palsy, congenital deformities like club feet, epilepsy, hydrocephalus, spina bifida, T.B., burn contractures and hare lip.
Sr. Catherine Nabutyeka Head of the Home has wonderful dedicated staff who assess the children when they come to the Home, and refer them to Kumi, Mbale or Corsu Hospitals for operations. The children return to Butiru for rehabilitation and primary education at the adjacent Busumbu Primary School.
FOAG has been able to help with providing funding for a generator for the orthopaedic workshop, an ambulance for the transport of children to and from the hospitals and in 2011 a new motorbike for the two outreach workers Joseph and Florence who visit the outreach clinics in remote hilly areas.

The Future

Operations cost from £60 - £250 depending on the severity of the disability.
For 10 years FOAG has been raising money for operations needed by disabled children at Butiru; this is an ongoing commitment and FOAG continues to need more funds as operations are becoming more expensive. Seeing a child who could only crawl on their hands and knees being able to walk upright thanks to an operation and the wonderful aftercare they receive at Butiru is a most rewarding sight for the child, the family and the staff at Butiru.

To continue finding sponsors for Secondary education which costs £400 per annum.
FOAG also helps to find sponsors for children who would like to go to secondary school. Primary education is free in Uganda but fees have to be paid for at secondary school. Four children are being educated at secondary school thanks to the generosity of sponsors from FOAG. This is a wonderful way of helping a disabled child to receive a good education so that they can ultimately earn a living.

Ongoing commitment, care and love that is shown to the children by the Sisters, by Robert the physiotherapist, by Moses who makes the callipers, crutches and other equipment, by the Matrons Mary and Jane, by nurse Juliet, by the cooks and many others which all help to make Butiru Rehabilitation Home a very special place for children with disabilities.

Opened in 1964 Butiru Rehabilitation Cheshire Home is located 280km north east of Kampala in a village called Bumuketsi between Mbale and Soroti. The emphasis of the work is on short-term rehabilitation for the physically disabled, especially children. In 1992 a vocational training school for tailoring skills was set up. Butiru Cheshire Home is a non-governmental organisation. As a non-profit making voluntary organisation it totally relies on donations and alms giving.

Out reach clinics are carried out in various villages around the home within Mbale district by Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) workers. The children are assessed in these clinics and referred, treated or advised on correct interventions. Surgery is carried out at Cure Hospital Mbale, Kumi Hospital, Mbale Regional Hospital and Tororo Optic Centre. Physiotherapy work continues at the centre and in some out reach clinics. Two local people have been trained as CBR workers and they carry out their work in the communities using cycles, motorcycles and on foot. Through the CBR programme, the community and the (PWDs) have become aware of the services rendered by the home and they are showing a positive response to the programme.

The Centre also has an Orthopaedic workshop whose technicians were trained locally and they are now producing callipers, crutches, surgical boots, C.P. chairs, standing frames and repairing old appliances especially for children. Physiotherapy work is begun from the date of admission to surgery and post operative. Post surgery care is closely supervised at the Centre by the Physiotherapist and staff in that department.

Major Disabilities handled at the Butiru

Polio, Cerebral Palsy, Congenital Deformities, Osteomyalitis, Epilepsy, Hydrocephalus, Spinal Bifida, Vesco Vagina Vestula, T.B. and others. The deaf and blind are referred for specialised care. Butiru often provides help and care for malnourished children. The number of residents at any one time will always be 40 PWDs who are attending various programmes like: pre and post surgery care and other interventions. The number of students attending vocational training ranges from 40 to 50. The figures in the centre may fluctuate as the number of admissions and discharges vary on a daily basis.

Butiru's Aims

  • To offer short-term rehabilitation to children with disabilities.
  • To offer choice and opportunity to people with disabilities.
  • To enable clients to be self-reliant and encourage independence.
  • To provide orthopaedic appliances where necessary.
  • To provide vocational courses in tailoring for the girls and carpentry or brickwork for the boys.

Project Co-ordinator:

Jane Sturdy

Jane has been a committee members of FOAG for twenty five years. She became involved in FOAG because she was interested in overseas development as ...

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