Wheelchairs for children

Although there is a sporadic supply of wheelchairs from overseas donors, they are sometimes not robust enough to withstand the rigours of the rough terrain in Africa and cannot always be repaired locally if faults develop. Bespoke wheelchairs for children are only made at the Orthopaedic Centre workshop at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre. As there is no government funding available for this service, children whose families are unable to pay for a wheelchair often have to manage without one and find it difficult to attend school. Blantyre is in the far south of the country, so families living in the central and northern regions are faced with additional challenges due to the cost of public transport.

What you could do to help

A donation of £85 would cover the cost of a made-to-measure wheelchair for a disabled child at the workshop in Blantyre.

Charitable status

ChildCare Malawi is unable to register with the Charity Commission because our annual income is less than £5,000. However, we are registered as

a Small Charity with HMRC, which entitles us to claim Gift Aid on eligible donations.

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