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Colorado Rotarian Shares Hope and Dignity with Many
Each year Rotary eClub
One nominates an individual for a Distinguished Service Award. In 2012 Rotary
eClub One nominated David Talbot, who heads up the "Crutches for Africa"
program a non-profit initiative. After working on a documentary film and
seeing a need, Dave developed this program to deliver crutches to Africa.
Rotary eClub One was
impressed by Dave who, as a polio survivor himself, is very aware of mobility
issues. While in Africa he saw many people using tree limbs or other rough
devices to get around. In some cases people just scooted along on the ground
using their hands and arms for motion. This is how the concept of "Crutches for
Africa" developed. When Dave returned to this country he became aware of the
thousands of crutches that were buried in landfills across the U.S. Through
this program he has managed to bring hope and dignity to thousands of children
and adults that can now move off the ground and become participants in society.
Below is an article
written by Talbot, a member of Mountain Foothills Rotary Club, District 5450
(Colorado). The Crutches for
Africa Website is www.crutches4africa.org.
Crutches for Africa
By Dave Talbot
Special Report from the Rotary District
Since the new constitution was
ratified in 2010 a great deal of activity has flourished in Kenya for people
with disabilities. There are
specified seats for people with disabilities in their new senate and new
interest in creating greater access for people with disabilities. One of the major problems is that the
vast majority of public toilets in the country are of the "bomb site" style, a
hole with footprints on either side.
What does someone in a wheelchair do with this situation? Worse yet, how does someone crawling
deal with this? This is only the
tip of the iceberg.
We have been working with local
groups that have very successfully handled two distributions now. They have taken us into the bush along
the coast and also inland where we have been part of the distribution to groups
at these locations.
I am starting with the
evaluations and then I am stepping back and observing the Kenyans as they
proceed with the distribution.
This is the best direction for distribution to go. On their own, the groups have set into
motion tracking measures so anyone trying to "double dip" and receive extra mds
will be found out.
The needs here stagger me. Today in particular we had so many
people with Cerebral Palsy. Very
little that we can do other than collect more baby joggers as these seem
perfectly suited to this need.
Then there are the horrific infections. What can be done here?
Always we receive requests for
workshops. It seems each group has
a desire to maintain their equipment, or build a learning center for the
disabled. I explain that the scope
of what Crutches 4 Africa is dedicated to doing is bringing mobility devices to
them, period. We have found a way
to help here though. We are in the
early stages of building a web site that will provide space for each county of
Kenya. Each county will have space
for each disability group to list needs, goals, knowledge, expertise, whatever,
so long as it fits into established guidelines. This will increase the communication between groups in the country
and provide a worldwide platform for disability groups to express their needs
and seek sponsors for their projects and programs. The Kenyan site will be named Disability Network Kenya or,
D.N.K. The goal will be to
incorporate every country in Africa with similar sites/pages. The general website for access to each
country will be Disability Network Africa or D.N.A. (the strands of life).
We are also finding it
necessary to begin searching for no longer needed prosthesis and leg braces as
these items are in great need.
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