Drop in funding for NPOs

The audience at the Western Cape Cerebral Palsy Association AGM.

In his address at the annual general meeting of the Mowbray-based Western Cape Cerebral Palsy Association, on Thursday September 15, chairperson Noor Osman noted that managing a non-profit organisation has never been without challenges, but that in the current South African economic climate, the challenges have been greater than ever.

Reliant on both government funding and the goodwill of corporate and individual contributors, the downturn in the South African economy has resulted in a substantial reduction in the funding available to NPOs.

“Despite the ongoing funding challenges in the NPO sector, the WCCPA continued to provide much needed rehabilitation, care and support services to children and adults with cerebral palsy,” Mr Osman said.

The milestones achieved during the year under review included 2 555 therapeutic rehabilitation sessions to 1 563 children at the WCCPA’s cerebral palsy clinic, and 28 children with severe to profound physical and intellectual disabilities attended the special education and care centre, De Heide.

In addition, 526 families of adults and children with cerebral palsy received counselling and support, 55 adults with cerebral palsy continue to be cared for at Rosedon House, 92 adults with cerebral palsy were provided with access to employment and rehabilitations services and 32 adults attended a daily occupational programme.

“Traditionally the WCCPA rehabilitation services were facility-based but during the past year, the association embarked on a community and home programme where nine families in the Hout Bay area continue to be assisted. The WCCPA envisages rolling this programme out to other under resourced areas in the Western Cape.”

Mr Osman said it was an ambition of the WCCPA to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of people with cerebral palsy who require support, assistance and care.

If the public has any questions about cerebral palsy; the services provided or want to know how they can be of assistance, contact the WCCPA head office on 021 685 4150.