Ama Wheelies is both a home and rehabilitation centre for individuals with spinal injuries and more, we help disabled persons - victims of abuse! Traumatic accidents, violent car hi-jacking cause severe neck injury to the spinal cord, cause paralysis dramatically changing lives. After becoming disabled, they are left with their families who lack the knowledge or ability to take care of them, abusing and neglecting these disabled persons unable to help themselves! Accidents causing paralysis are more common these days. Government help is minimal. Quadriplegics have special needs, expensive medicines and appliances not covered by medical aid, hence the home Ama Wheelies for the special home that urgently requires your financial help.
The small home on a cottage opened 27 November 2010, although unable to accommodate all our members for presently only three members live on the farm, forming the skeleton required to function as a special home and rehabilitation centre to act as a model and example where families can come for training. Training is the base for our outreach and training programs, educating and enabling quadriplegics living on their own to empower themselves providing meaningful lives. Since our move to the farm in Lydenburg in November 2010, Ama Wheelies have proudly created awareness of the plight of the quadriplegics. Our quadriplegic home is the first of its kind in the entire Mpumalanga Province; and proposed to accommodate 16 individuals and reach another 29 with out home based outreach providing much needed help in the province.
A feature of Ama Wheelies is that these disabled individuals take care of themselves! Situated outside Lydenburg, No 6 Langdraai on Farm Rietfontein outside Lydenburg, here in RURAL MPUMALANGA, you can observe the hard work these DISADVANTAGED poor and DISABLED individuals are doing and why you need to help them get started with capital requirements!
But more, we live on a farm and we earn our livelihood. If you come to the farm, look at our gardens and the vegetables we grow; look at our animals and the cottage, although not ours, how we adapted it in short time to serve our needs. Once our farm is operational, we hope to be independent members of society able to hold our own; our request is funds for development. Lack of funds is our biggest obstacle! Come look at the rehabilitation centre; we teach sticky-keys and do computer setup for disabled persons unable to use the mouse, computer and communication skills. We even train farming methods, enabling quadriplegics to return to their homes with new skills and the ability to survive in a harsh world.
Why the New Quadriplegic Home in Thabachweu
You may ask, why the home started during these harsh economic conditions? Sadly, we have to report our members have been dying at their houses, after traumatic accidents and spinal cord injury causing their paralysis. Disabled, they are left with their families lacking the knowledge to take care of them. Quadriplegics unable to do anything for themselves need their family trained to take care of them and why we started the home as a model and example where they can come for training and the base for our outreach and training program, educating and enabling quadriplegics to empower themselves to have meaningful lives.
Ama Wheelies is the first and only home in the entire province of Mpumalanga for spinal injured persons. It was for this reason that Ama Wheelies was started! Persons experiencing spinal injuries faced the sad prospect of either spending their days after spinal injury with aging parents, stuck in Old Age Homes, or forced to relocate to another province where the necessary amenities are provided. Accidents causing paralysis is more common these days; Government help is minimal! In addition, quadriplegics have special needs, expensive medicines and appliances not covered by a medical aid. Ama Wheelies opened its doors for such young people wanting to make the most out of life and thus often referred to as the naughty boys in wheelchairs!
How Quadriplegics Are To Benefit
The new home developed by Ama Wheelies, offers quadriplegics and paraplegic's accommodation, work and sports opportunities. The province of Mpumalanga doesn't have wheelchair basketball; wheelchair rugby and athletics teams, and soon the Ama Wheelies sports team could represent the province! Amos Nkosi was proudly elected Mpumalanga Disabled Sportsman of the Year 2012 and 16 February 2013, Amos again won bronze during 45km's in wheelchair race.
Paraplegics able to use their hands also benefit from the structures created for quadriplegics, both in service and accommodation. The self-help centre was started by quadriplegics for quadriplegics to provide accommodation; transport and much other needed services for spinal injured persons living in the centre.
Guidance and help is provided to independent living quadriplegics opting to stay with their families. Ama Wheelies seek to help this vulnerable group through care Outreach and support services, skills development and capacity building in the poverty alleviation outreach initiatives.
Ama Wheelies is concerned with a holistic approach in its service delivery, caring for the spinal injured, as well as the caregivers for families. The focus of Ama Wheelies is to create a homely atmosphere for quadriplegics, in which they can express themselves to the utmost of their capabilities and live a normal life.
Not only is our cause worth; we are situated in RURAL Mpumalanga, serving DISADVANTAGED poor and DISABLED individuals enabling any donor to qualify for BEE and tax rebate. Our paperwork and record-keeping is in order.
Ama Wheelies is a section 21, non-profit organisation (reg 2008/021003/08), registered under NPO number 083-504 and Tax Exemption PBO no 930038997. Please help us as best you can; be it anonymous or by contacting us.