HAND MADE PRODUCTS FOR YOUR HOME
Imagine making something beautiful from pieces of worn out scrap.. I often think that is what the Lord does with us. This is what we also try to do in the ACE (Assistive Cardboard Equipment) workshop. Established in 2010, the workshop has been making chairs and standing frames for disabled children made simply from used cardboards / cartons. By August 2017, ver 1250 items have now been custom designed and fabricated in our workshop and provided to children with disabilty.
The chairs are individually designed by the Occupataional Therapy team at the Sanctuary, to meet the individual postural needs of each child that is measured. They are designed to keep the child upright and in a good position and alignment, This prevents development of contractures and deformities, enhances breathing, sallowing and digestion, and having a stable base of supports promotes function such as feeding and learnign to use hands. Most importantly, keeping the child at eye level at a table, enhances the child to interact socially with the his or her family and community. It is so important not to keep a disabled child lying down all day away from society and family and these chairs being light and mobile can allow the children to be outdoors and in the shambas with their carers.
Standing frames are used to help children training in standing by offerining supported reclined standing. This enhances the strength of the trunk and lower limbs and enhances bone growth and development. Assessment and measurement for chairs is done on any open clinic day.
The on site workshop employs seven mothers of disabled children to fabricate the chairs and standing frames. This team of mothers are known as the Sanctuary Artists. Half of their time is spend making the ACE cardboard equipment and the other half of the time they produce paper from local vegetation and scrap cotton rags. This paper is sold primarily through voluteers in Northern Ireland, but is also sold across Kenya, the USA and UK, in order to generate the income to help cover the costs of the cardboard equipment production. Visit their website for full details.