RAINBOW REHABILITATION CENTRE
Encompassing the CCD offices, Rainbow House residents and Rainbow Day Care projects all under one roof, Rainbow Rehabilitation centre is a hub of CCD activity. Facilities include the Lydia Garden with therapy pool, basketball court and accessible playground; a soft play area; sensory room; sensory garden; computer room; toy library; physiotherapy room; and indoor hydrotherapy pool.
Started in 1990, Rainbow House provides a home for children with nowhere else to go, and has been specially designed to be accessible for children with disabilities. Some of these children have previously lived in government institutions and others are orphans or have been abandoned by families unable to look after them. In some cases, CCD has been able to trace family members and facilitate safe reunification, with some children even returning to their families for the school holidays or permanently.
The atmosphere created at Rainbow House is made as similar to a family home as possible. The children are cared for by house mothers during evenings and weekends and either attend local schools or Rainbow Day Care during the day. Weekends and evenings have outings and activities such as swimming lessons, church, visits to international schools, computer, games, table-tennis, going to the cinema and meals together.
RAINBOW DAYCARE CENTRE
Approximately 35 children from ages 2 to 15 years old come to Rainbow Day Care. They either live in government institutions or come from struggling families in the local community. A structured setting for education and therapy is provided to prepare children to attend local schools. The children are split into small classes with their own class teacher and enjoy a variety of activities and therapies including swimming, music, art therapy, physiotherapy and hydrotherapy. Our children wear uniform and get used to structured lessons with the aim that they can integrate into a mainstream school in the future.
INDEPENDENT LIVING HOMES
This project is for vulnerable young adults with disabilities, who have grown up at Rainbow House or in the social welfare homes. It is a step towards independent living, as every young person is encouraged to cook for themselves, and take care of their home. Every person in our Independent Living Homes is either in school, further education, vocational training or full-time employment.
COMMUNITY BASED REHABILITATION
Our community work cares for children with disabilities in their own homes and communities. This vital work reduces the abandonment of children with disabilities, tackles the stigma surrounding disability in society, increases disability awareness and empowers parents by giving them support and training.
At CCD's community centres children receive physiotherapy, speech therapy, social development, educational opportunities, school preparation techniques and learn independence and gain life skills.
Field workers also carry out regular home visits with families where they can see children in their own environment, improve this environment when needed (i.e. with specialist equipment being fitted) and also help parents to cope at home. We offer opportunities for integration into their local community and support their health, education and well-being.
All our services are offered to local families, many of them very poor, completely free of charge. This is holistic and sustainable work, and provides a long-term solution for children with the aim of preventing abandonment. Community field workers also visit hospitals, schools and community centres speaking about disability to reduce the stigma and educate people on disability rights.