As we continue our current unit of inquiry, Inside Me – The Human Body, we are learning that our bodies have many different parts. Sometimes people get sick or have accidents that damage parts of the body. Sometimes people are born with damaged or even missing body parts. There are medical people who can help, but unfortunately, many areas of the world (like many areas of Tanzania) are poor and can not afford this kind of medical assistance.
Our class was visited by Mr. Erwin Telemans (Lenno’s dad), from Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation (CCBRT) in Tanzania. Mr. Telemans had heard that we were studying about the Human Body and asked if he could come talk to us about different ability people and how his organization, CCBRT is helping people with disabilities in Tanzania.
Lenno introduced his dad to the class by saying, “This is my dad. He works for CCBRT. He is a Physiotherapist (someone who helps people to walk and move around after an injury or operation). CCBRT helps people, kids and adults with disabilities to walk and move around easier.”
Mr. Telemans showed us pictures of children and adults that CCBRT has helped. He also brought in real x-ray examples for students to see what our skeletons look like inside our bodies.
At the end of Mr. Telemans’ presentation, students had many questions and comments. Students learned a lot about disabilities and how people and organizations like CCBRT are helping people to live happy and productive lives.
CCBRT was established in 1994 and is now the largest disability and rehabilitation center in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.