Rethabilie Disable Centre
Jennifer Malatjie is the mother of Rethabile, a young girl with Cerebral Palsy (CP) and together they live in a very rural village near Acornhoek in Mpumalanga.
Having attended the CP service at Tintswalo Hospital for a number of years, Jennifer was sent to Malamulele Onward where she was trained as a Parent Facilitator in June 2014 as part of the Carer-2-Carer Training Programme. Along with her co-facilitator Princess, Jennifer has spent the past two years running workshops on CP for other parents, caregivers and families in the area.
Jennifer & Princess have played a vital role in the CP service at Tintswalo Hospital through teaching practical skills to other parents as well as helping to lead the monthly support group.
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a disorder that affects muscle tone, movement, and motor skills (the ability to move in a coordinated and purposeful way. CP usually is caused by brain damage that happens before or during a baby's birth, or during the first 3 to 5 years of a child's life.
There is no cure for CP, but treatment, therapy, special equipment, and, in some cases, surgery can help kids who are living with the condition.
Jennifer's centre does not only care for children with cerebral palsy but has opened their doors to assist parents who have children with other disabilities.
Rethabilie is nine years old and suffers from cerebral palsy.
Clarence is six years old & suffers from Hydrocephalus.
Thekgo is five years old & suffers from cerebral palsy.