The Bush-Spa wants to bring your attention the “other” side of living and working, but also visiting this magnificent area of Zambia, as many tourists do not see the ongoing struggle to conserve this area for generations to come.
Norman Carr first started to operate walking safaris in the Luangwa and he realised that conservation could not work without the local people truly benefiting from the wildlife around them.
Community Based Rehabilitation
"Appropriate therapy helps the child (or adult) to enjoy herself, be useful, and take part with others, while mastering the skills for daily living.”
— Disabled Village Children by David Werner
Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) was first initiated by the WHO following the International Conference on Primary Health Care in 1978. CBR is seen as a strategy to improve access to rehabilitation services for people with disabilities in developing countries
Owner Nathalie and her team members of the Bush-Spa initiated the Touch Therapy Program, which is intended especially for children with a physical or mental disability and their parents.
Unfortunately their illness can’t be cured and there is a shortage (or even lack of) individual orientated activities for these children. Whilst regular exercises and activities are so important for their children, parents just do not have the funds or means to travel distances.
The primary objective of the programme is developping a training package designed to equip parents of children with health concerns and/or disabilities with the necessary skills to apply gentle massage and range of motion exercises. This is a truly holistic approach done in close communication with the Kakumbi Rural Health Centre and a qualified doctor. Objectives differ between children and parents and aim to enhance parents' perceived ability to cope with caring for their child by providing them with practical skills and to strengthen the bond between parent and child.
Most rehabilitation and therapy, be it for children or adults who had a life-changing experience, can and should take place in the home and community with loving support of family, neighbours, and friends. The caregivers and therapists in the Touch Therapy Program play an important role in this ‘community-directed rehabilitation’. By simplifying and sharing their knowledge and skills, they reach many more children and adults be it at the Bush-Spa or by our therapists visiting the homes.
Safari guests come to see the wildlife and the beauty of the landscape, and then start wondering about the people who live here. Maybe they have a discussion with their guide about his family or his schooling, or maybe they meet a woman in the shops who tells them about her community and traditions. And from these discussions comes an interest and concern for the lives and struggles of the people who call the Luangwa Valley home.
The need for cooperation with Project Luangwa (PL) was easily recognised.
As PL supports so many children and families in our local community, they easily indentify children and parents who might benefit from our sessions.
As important, our team wished to ensure accountability and transparency for interested parties, donors and stakeholders within the community.
Project Luangwa is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) formed in 2010. They not only have an excellent reputation in our community, but have the necessary legal status in Zambia, UK and the USA. The TTP works under their supervision and is therefore obliged to have all their financial controls and reporting in place, ensuring possible donors their funds are adequately used for the planned projects under the TTP.
Your donation would be highly appreciated, be it to sponsor a local community member to cycle distances for out-reach care, or to assist in purchasing wheelchairs, or a substantial donation towards a possible build of a Community Centre! But what to think of actually sending someone for additional education to become a physiotherapist or nurse! Project Luangwa and us can assist!