The Cariad Project
I have set up The Cariad Project to support people with disabilities living in Africa. With support from Franck Banza and Dr Fabrice Nduba the BWIMWA Centre has been identified as the first centre The Cariad Project will support.
The BWIMWA Centre is in Kamina in the Democratic Republic of Congo and supports people living with disabilities. Under the direction of Hubert Nday Umba and Leon Mwenze Kabongo the centre has a school teaching 136 students with physical disabilities. The 12 teachers are also living with disabilities themselves.
The centre aims to provide social stimulus, medical support and education so that people living with disabilities can be integrated fully into the community and can improve there living conditions. By enabling people with disabilities to develop skills they can go to work and provide for themselves. This in turn reduces begging, risk from violence and unemployment which impacts positively on the individual and on the development of the country.
The centre is doing amazing work in difficult conditions; unlike the medical and education support we take for granted BWIMWA is supporting people despite a lack of equipment and supplies, lack of boarding for students and lack of drinking water.
The Cariad Project will seek to support BWIMWA through the provision of equipment which they have identified would improve the good work they are already doing. The equipment required can be split into medical and therapy and training and education;
Medical and Therapy Equipment
Infrared lamps, microscopes, ultra sound, glucometers, thermometers, wheelchairs, wheeled walkers, crutches, femoral and tibial prosthesis, orthoses and materials to make orthopedic shoes.
Training and Education
School supplies, computers, laptops, printers, cartridges, photocopier, soap making material, equipment for shoe repair ( fabrics, embroidery and sewing machines )
If you buy coffee or make a donation of money or equipment to The Cariad Project you will enable BWIMWA to support more people with disabilities and in a more effective way.
Sometimes when we donate to good causes it’s very detached and it’s not obvious how our money has made a difference by supporting The Cariad Project you will be able to see clearly how you are making a difference.
To see the good work already happening at BWIMWA take a look at these videos taken at the centre. It’s clear from these videos how much of a difference supporting BWIMWA will make.
DRC is a French speaking country, in summary the Director of the BWIMIWA Centre for Disabled People and Coordinator of the League for Disabled People in the Province of Haut-Lomami, Kamina, introduces himself and talks about their work: They have four centres in the Province and their aim is to empower disabled people and help them to become self-dependent and economically active. They provide apprenticeships and various training courses on: Dressmaking and sewing, plastic art, IT etc… They are facing challenges and difficulties as they are not well equiped, the centre is in poor condition and they need external support.
How You Can Help?
The Cariad Project is a small charity and any support would be greatly appreciated. You can make a donation through The Cariad Project Total Giving page https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/charity/the-cariad-project or you can create your own page if you would like to hold a fundraising event or take part in a challenge. A simple fundraiser would be a coffee morning. If you email me details of your coffee morning I can supply you with coffee and leaflets about the cause.
For something more adventurous The Cariad Project has teamed up with The Snowdonia Challenge www.breeseadventures.co.uk/what-we-do/snowdoniachallenge I will be taking part in the challenge this summer June 2018 if anyone would like to join me. And I will be taking part in The Wacky Rally www.wackyrally.co.uk in 2019. If you decide to do a sponsored event, either one of these or your own choice send me an email and I can supply you with sponsor forms and publicise your event via social media.
You can also give for free by shopping through The Giving Machine and choosing The Cariad Project as your cause. Whenever you shop, we receive a donation.