QuadPara delivers life-changing services

2016-05-10 06:00
 Photo: supplied QuadPara KwaZulu-Natal Association members enjoy an outing.

Photo: supplied QuadPara KwaZulu-Natal Association members enjoy an outing.

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QUADPARA Association of KZN is an autonomous non-profit and a public benefit organisation that has been developing since 1993, and is responsible for all its own development, projects and administrative funding.
QuadPara Association chief executive officer Cedric Hedgcock said: “Our aim is to deliver life-changing services to people with severe mobility impairments in KwaZulu-Natal by delivering projects that our donor and CSI partners can be proud of. Quadriplegics are one of the most vulnerable groups within the disability sector.
“Those who are discharged to rural communities without any support or guidance structures have little chance of surviving the first year – the only dreams available are often nightmares of pain, isolation, poverty, abuse and death.

“The association’s outreach, rural development and rural capacity building programmes offer hope and independence to those who desperately need it. We cannot do it, however, without serious funding and partnerships.”

The association is involved in various projects namely the Ashley Village - a home and a personal development ground for the 37 quadriplegics and paraplegics.
Ashley Village employs nine permanent caregivers, between 10 and 12 trainee caregivers, three drivers and two grounds men.

“The capacity building courses started in 2009 and these are proving to be highly successful, motivating, and life changing for those attending. We also embark on caregiver training.
“It has been a highly successful project, with almost 80 percent of graduates moving on to be successfully employed.”
The association has four vehicles that are extensively used to transport quadriplegics and other mobility impaired people to and from work, training modules, learnerships, and some excursions.
He said that quadriplegics in KZN also participate in a road safety awareness campaign, visitation, counselling, outreach, provincial development, income generation projects, driver training as well as HIV/Aids, reproductive health and disability projects.

Without the generous support of our donors, however, we would have floundered and closed before we started 17 years ago.
“A huge debt of gratitude is owed to so many donor partners and supporters who continue to care enough to keep our services going to an expanding number of persons with severe mobility impairments. Without them we cannot go on or develop as needed and planned.

“I feel satisfied that our service provision has started expanding and developing its focus well beyond the boundaries of serviced accommodation.
“We are well aware of the increased responsibility - we have to deliver meaningful services to a far greater pool of persons with physical disabilities in KZN.”

For more information on the organisation, call 031 701 7444.

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