St. Francis Rehabilitation Center Pembe, Soroti
The purpose of the home then was to provide residential services to the elderly people whose relatives were unable to take care of them and the ex-lepers who had been discharged from Leprosarium’s. Other residents in Madera Providence Home then included persons who for unknown reasons were abandoned by relatives or shunned their own homes/communities as well as the poor people whose status rendered them homeless.
St. Francis Rehabilitation Centre Pamba -Soroti formerly known as Madera Providence Home was opened in 1969 by Rev. Fr. Van Russell, a Mill Hill Missionary, in collaboration with the Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa who acted as the administrators in the home. The Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa handed the Home to the Little Sisters in 1978. The purpose of the home then was to provide residential services to the elderly people whose relatives were unable to take care of them and the ex-lepers who had been discharged from Leprosarium’s. Other residents in Madera Providence Home then included persons who for unknown reasons were abandoned by relatives or shunned their own homes/communities as well as the poor people whose status rendered them homeless.
From 1986 to 1992 there was insurgency in this part of the country and many people in the region came to live in the home in search for security, safety and food. However, they were too many for the Sisters to accommodate or provide food as they relied on donors for resources to carry on with the service. Fortunately, the government supported with some basic needs like food, clothes and medical care but the facilities were far too limited. A majority of these people only received services from the Home and found their own accommodation elsewhere. For about five years the Home served as a feeding unit especially to the non-residents. By the end of 1992 the region re-gained stability and activities of the Home resumed for only three years.
In 1996 the home was turned into a rehabilitation center at the request of the donors whose policy focused on rehabilitation of children with disabilities on short term basis only. The administration of the Home in collaboration with the donors resettled all the residents among their close relatives. Because the activities of the Providence Home had changed a great deal Soroti Diocese requested the Sisters to vacate the Home. In 2005 therefore the Sisters found it suitable to relocate the Home to Pamba currently Known as St. Francis Rehabilitation Centre Pamba. Pamba Ward in Soroti Municipality, Western Division 1 ½ kilometers from Soroti Town and is easily accessible.
Our Mission and Vision
- Our Mission is to enable the children with disabilities live full potential and participate in the domains of development.
- Our Vision is to see successful, educated, confident people with disabilities that others look up to
As a congregation the mandate we have education , health, formation and social pastoral ministries of which St Francis rehabilitation center is part and partial and has been mandated by ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development under OVC/ alternative Care Department, on the 14th November,2019 to operate within the Teso, Karamoja and Bugisu sub regions but also Northern parts of Uganda that is to the districts not limited to Soroti, Serere, Kumi, Ngora, Kaberamido, Katakwi,Usuk, Amuria, Kapelebwong, Abim, Moroto and Sironku at a capacity of 40 children on board centre .
Current statistics of St. Francis rehabilitation center
ST. Francis has over the years had quite a large number of children with disability living in the center and so many of the children are now adults who are successful in different venture in life including the very ones operating the Bake for Life bakery.
Over the years the Center has the responsibility of providing education to the children in order for the children to be able compete with the rest of the world and their environment. From 2018 to 2020 60% of the children are in primary school of which 20% are in boarding primary and 40% of the children are in day school whereas the other 25% of the children are in boarding secondary schools and finally 15% of the rest of the children are in tertiary institutions/ vocational institution.
Community/home base care.
Rehabilitation process take period of about 1 year to 3 years maximum depending on the condition of the case before the child is resettled to their families there after the assistance still follows them to their homes for a period stated in their cases plan duration. The Center has got about 40% of their children supported from home while the other 60% still in the waiting list.
Out of 100% of the children cared for at the center in the period of 2018 to 2020, 30% of the children have had successful surgeries done at Oniyno hospital Kumi district and COSU hospital for bones at Entebbe. Most of the children about 99% of the children are been treated for malaria, flu and cough, stomach ache and skin rush.
Child Protection and Legal Frame.
Emergency response is the immediate assistance offered to the children when they are brought into the center depending to the critical condition of the cases. From 2018 to 2020, over 15% of the children were responded to in terms of medical checkup, enrollment into education, rehabilitation, therapy physiotherapy and occupational therapy as well as child protection.
Assertive device distribution.
Over the years St Francis rehabilitation center in partnership with Kumi referral hospital ONYINO have championed the support of assertive device to PWDs and in about 2018-200, the center has had about 40% of their client distributed to with a assertive devices like wheelchair, tricycles, crochets, CP chair for children and so much more.
Psycho social support and Economic support.
Counseling and guidance is yet another service offered to the household together with the children. In the period of 2 years 2019 to date, the center has reached to a total of 107 household who have equally benefited from the economic support.20% of these households have been given an income generating activity. Due to limited resource the center cannot provide for all the families which are great challenge.
Some of the persons that have helped us over the years