In many African countries, a disability is still considered taboo or even a curse. As a consequence, people with disabilities are stigmatised and shunned. They often lead a shadowy existence below the poverty line. They are often denied the rehabilitation treatment they need – in part due to the lack of the necessary medical facilities and specialists.
In partnership with the Christoffel Blindenmission e.V., the Röchling Foundation is constructing a rehabilitation facility in the Siaya district of Kenya for people with disabilities. The association has been working for many years in developing countries to ensure these people receive the medical care they need. Besides providing treatment, therapy and resources, it assists them in getting an education and finding work so that they can participate as equal members of society. The independent facility is being built on the grounds of the largest district hospital, the Siaya County Hospital. Besides the rehab department, the plan is to set up an orthopaedic workshop and offer physiotherapy and ergotherapy programmes.