Reakgona: We make it! We are able! We manage!
This book that tells the extraordinary story of how an innovative method for helping severely disabled children developed and spread in one poverty-stricken area of rural South Africa. In 1993, Undine Rauter, a young German physiotherapist, found herself in a hospital there surrounded by abandoned children with multiple severe physical and intellectual disabilities. Here, she relates how, together with local colleagues, she developed a low-cost system of care based on supporting the children’s families both psychologically and physically. Mothers who participated in developing this care system named it Parents Guidance Centre REAKGONA (PGC). Founded on an initiative by Undine’s predecessor, Huib Cornielje, the PGC blossomed into a creative model that has spawned self-help initiatives in diverse villages in the surrounding region. In the second part of the book, Undine lays out the -sometimes surprising- ingredients necessary for developing such a system. This is invaluable information for care providers, health authorities and development organisations in both poor and wealthy societies.