Category: Inclusive, Enabling Communities | People with disabilities | 2 March, 2013 - 07:27← BACK
Nkosinathi Foundation facilitates a Rural Outreach Programme, in which community members are recruited, trained and employed by the Foundation as Field Workers. The Field Workers lives and works in their respective communities. In order to deal with the back-log of blind and partially sighted people needing rehabilitation and related support services, we have been implementing the following strategy: Train and employ sufficient Field Workers (in each geographic area) to catch up the back-log. Once the backlog is diminished the number of Field Workers is reduced (according to the need and size of the region). Finally a Satellite office is established with one Field Worker left to serve the needs of the remaining current and future recipients of services. Through this process our first satellite office was established recently.
Our lessons learned
The Satellite office is useful because it creates more awareness of our service; it creates storage and meeting space and privacy for any blind people who want to be seen outside of their homes because of lack of privacy in their homes.
Two problems emerged though:
If we do this again:
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In this one-page-pitch the Nkosinathi Foundation of and for Blind and Partially Sighted People describes how they have been taking on the difficult task of expanding their rural service by establishing satellite offices. Expansion is a challenge that many organisations struggle with, and in this pitch the Nkosinathi Foundation provide some useful pointers that could help others.