Brain Solutions
The Developmental Re-education Centre


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South Africa Report
in Sherborne on the 22nd of August
Eric Downey intends to complete a Half Ironman
(1.2m swim, 56m bike and 13.1m run)
in Sherborne on the 22nd of August
for Brain Solutions work in South Africa.
Brain Solutions work in South Africa


Since 1987, we have been working in rural and peri-urban communities throughout South Africa, teaching careworkers and parents how to help their disabled children develop to their full potential. The results have been astonishing.

We have seen children who were initially immobile, learn to walk. We have seen children with major visual difficulties learn to see better and children who were not speaking, learn to talk. These were not miracles. They were the result of the hard work by the children themselves and the dedicated, systematic and consistent hard work of the careworkers or their parents.

The advantages of teaching Careworkers

  1. One can help a large number of children as a careworker can help more than one child.
  2. The careworker can herself teach other careworkers, thus increasing the number of children who can be helped.
  3. In many communities in South Africa, there are limited employment opportunities. By learning new skills, careworkers improve their chances of employment.
  4. Many partially disabled people and the elderly can become very proficient careworkers of disabled children. This has not only helped the handicapped children but has given the careworkers an income and improved their self respect

At present we are working with 8 organisations and 17 different Centres
in KwaZulu-Natal, the Western Cape and in Johannesburg

These are the stories of some of the children:

Nonhlanhla , a polio victim, started at Esinqobile in the late 1980’s. She has her matric, obtained at the Open air school in Durban.

Ntombifikele arrived at Esinqobile aged 3½ unable to stand, walk or speak. Within a year, she could stand, walk, run jump and speak fluently and intelligently as well as lead singing. She has completed her schooling and both she and Nonhanhla are working at Esinqobile.

Siyabonga was blind, epileptic and totally immobile for his first 10 months at Esinqobile. He can now count cattle in a field 60 metres away, has not had a fit in the last 5 years and is able to walk and to dance. He can contribute positively to his family.

We have been commended by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

If you would like to support our work in South Africa,
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