URRC - Informations & Activities

Background and History

The Usa River Rehabilitation and Training Center (URRC) is an institution of the Meru Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT), East Africa.

The ELCT is divided into twenty dioces, and the Meru Diocese is headed by Bishop Paolo Akyoo. About 71,000 Christians are organized under this diocese – of which almost 43,000 are children and juveniles, congruent to the young age structure of the country.

The Center's goal is to support people with disabilities in living as independently as possible.

Education

At our Center, we offer young disabled people the opportunity to learn the following vocations:

  • Carpenter
  • Tailor
  • Locksmith
  • Baker

In general, our students' education lasts three years, after which they graduate with an accredited certificate.

The URRC is a boarding school and accepts young disabled men and women aged 16 to 25 years, independently of their background, race, or religion. The URRC was opened in 1988. Since then, more than 350 young people have lived and learned at the Center. We currently have 65 boarding school and education spaces.

Follow-Up Care

After successfully completing their education, the young craftsmen and women receive tools and other work equipment for a symbolic price, so that they can establish their own small businesses in their villages.

Physiotherapy

Our Center also offers treatment, for our students as well as for external patients.

Village Work

In our program called „Village Work“, we offer help to disabled people living outside of our Center:

  • Family Counselling
  • Placement in sick care, therapy, or vocational education
  • Mini-loans for mothers with disabled children
  • Suppyling orthopedic devices (wheelchairs, walkers, etc.)
  • Organizing orthopedic operations for disabled children in cooperation with the Nkoranga Lutheran Hospital and the Project „Feuerkinder“

Orthopedic workshop and metal workshop

In our orthopedic workshop, we make artificial limbs (prostheses) and support braces (orthoses) of all kinds. We build and repair special bicycles for disabled people in our metal workshop.

Guest House, Store, and Pearl Project

The URRC earns a part of its income by operating a small guest house. People who would like to get to know Tanzania better, and see how we work, are welcome to come visit us. Furthermore, we make ceramic pearls and necklaces at our Center. We sell this jewelry and other handmade articles in our store.

In order to authentically illustrate our work, we have posted some of our clients' stories on the website. The links are located on the navigation bar to the left.

Karibuni sana!

In the carpentry
In the carpentry
In the tailory
In the tailory
In the metalworkshop
In the metalworkshop
Selling of handmade products in the Tanz-Hand´s-Shop
Selling of handmade products in the Tanz-Hand´s-Shop
In the bakery
In the bakery
The bakery-shop
The bakery-shop
Our guesthouse
Our guesthouse
 
Karibuni sana!

URRC @ Social Media

Kontakt

ELCT Usa River
Rehabilitation and Training Center
P. O. Box 47
Usa River - Tanzania

00255 / 27 255 34 27

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