Where we work
Just Wheels is now registered as a charity in Tanzania and its first project is in Tabora.
Although Tabora is a significant size, infrastructure is poor meaning travel is very difficult, particularly for disabled people. There are very basic health care services and no services for disabled people. Unless you can afford to buy a wheelchair or tricycle and travel many miles to get it – which many disabled people can’t – you are left to your own devices. There are also virtually no physiotherapy services in Tabora.
Through long-term links we were aware of the needs of local disabled people. A local physiotherapist and wheelchair technician have highlighted this further and report that there’s no local workshop or supply of equipment and there are no physiotherapy services. Just Wheels made a visit to Tabora in 2017 to confirm the desperate needs for disabled people in Tabora.
Our work in Tabora
This would involve setting up a workshop and clinic near to the hospital, where disabled people could be assessed and supported and where wheelchairs would be made and then supplied, free of charge, to people with physical disabilities. We aim to fund the supply of around 50 wheelchairs or tricycles over the next 2 years – a small start in tackling a much larger challenge.
This is our focus project until 2020 and requires us to raise around £50,000. Fundraising is well underway for the project. All the individuals highlighted in our stories above will receive a wheelchair or tricycle.