Proposal for the Acquisition of a 25-Seater Wheelchair Bus
for the Associated Rehabilitation Centre for the Handicapped (ARCH),
located in Dibanda, Mile 14, in the South West Region of the Republic of Cameroon
1. Executive Summary
The Associated Rehabilitation Centre for the Handicapped (ARCH) is a specialised health facility that receives and attends to patients, especially those with physical disability. It is located in Dibanda, in the South West Region of the Republic of Cameroon.
The Centre was initially established by a group of goodwill Cameroonians who were concerned about the devastating effects of the polio virus. It is currently under the ownership and care of the Diocese of Buea of the Catholic Church in Cameroon. The Director of the Centre is Rev. Sr. Leonarda Ngoin Tubuo, a Sister in the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Therese of the Child Jesus of Buea.
It provides physiotherapy, orthopaedic workshop services (orthotics, prosthetics and special shoes). The total staff strength is 28.
This proposal is to solicit for funds for the acquisition of a wheelchair bus. The donor may also opt to acquire the bus and ship it to Cameroon.
The cost of the bus and shipping charges are estimated at US$60,000. The Centre will take up all charges related to clearing and an educational campaign, estimated at US$10,000. It will also be responsible for its maintenance.
2.1 General Objective
To procure a special-purpose bus for transporting physically challenged persons to and from the rehabilitation centre.
2.2 Specific Objectives
1. Procure a special-purpose bus with features suitable for transporting physically challenged persons.
2. Design and establish a suitable transportation system for physically challenged persons to and from ARCH.
3. Educate the communities about handling physically challenged persons using various media channels.
3. BRIEF HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
Each year we receive quite a lot of persons living with disability, and in 2014 we hit nearly 2,000. This makes it imperative for us to ensure efficiency of services in order to satisfy our clients and to achieve better results.
The table below gives an idea of how many people may need our services. The financial estimates considered will be for hiring a taxi to and from the Centre, because persons with disabilities find it extremely difficult to use the general public transport system.
ANALYSIS OF TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES OF 180 PATIENTS PER MONTH
No. Town of origin and distance from Centre Private transport
Public transport Total Number of patients Cost of Public transport per person (FCFA)
1. Limbe 15 km 15 35 50 8,000
2. Buea 7 km 12 38 50 6,000
3. Tiko 7 km 5 40 45 3,500
4. All other locations 35 Various amounts
Total no. 180
FCFA = XAF = Central African Franc US$1 = 580 FCFA
PROPOSED OPERATIONAL FEE PLAN
No. Town of origin and distance Cost of Public transport per person (FCFA) Fee for use of Specialised Bus (FCFA) Amount saved (%)
1. Limbe 15km 8,000 4,000 4,000 (50%)
2. Buea 7km 6,000 2,000 4,000 (66%)
3. Tiko 7km 3,500 1,000 2,500 (71%)
4. All other locations Various amounts
4.1 Problems to Be Solved
1. Physically challenged persons have difficulty using currently available means of public transport because they are not adapted for their use.
2. In our country currently there are no special provisions for transporting persons who are physically challenged.
3. Persons living with physical disabilities and their families are faced with financial difficulties in many cases since there is no social security support for them.
4. The Rehabilitation Centre faces much difficulty in scheduling patient care since patients can hardly make it on time for appointments, in view of the unreliable nature of public transport.
5. Financial difficulty in hiring vehicles leads to inconsistent attendance by patients, and this further reduces the efficacy of treatment and increases poverty through permanent disability.
6. In many cases, the period of treatment is prolonged due to infrequent attendance.
4.2 Benefits of the Bus Acquisition
1. Providing a means of transport suitably adapted to persons living with disabilities will make it easier for them to travel.
2. An appropriate means of transport reduces the daily amount of money spent by their families to receive therapy, and thereby frees some of them to carry out economic activities.
3. It will contribute to poverty alleviation by reducing the amount of money spent by family members to bring their patients daily for therapy.
4. It will provide physical integrity and social dignity to patients who can then carry out economic activities and contribute to family income.
5. The ability to travel in comfort and safety will provide a sense of security and esteem to persons living with disabilities.
6. Job satisfaction for the Management and staff of ARCH, as they can plan and execute treatment with better results, and be able to treat more clients each day.
The direct beneficiaries of the project will be the patients themselves. The Centre handles more than 2,000 patients per year. Our curative report gives a good picture of the types of patients we treat.
The indirect beneficiaries will be about 10,000 people, as families and companies are involved, considering that the client has to recover physical integrity to go back and function well in society.
5. METHOD AND PROCESS OF EXECUTION
The wheelchair bus is a special-purpose vehicle that is not readily available in Cameroon. Therefore we will contact agencies and dealers in special-purpose vehicles in Europe and North America to help provide it.
1. Contact special vehicle agencies in Europe or North America and procure the bus.
2. Arrange shipment to the port of Douala.
3. Go through the clearing process and transport it to the Centre.
4. Carry out planned educational programme.
5. Implement the designed schedule.
1. We are assuming that the bus will be received by end of August 2015.
2. Persons living with disabilities will respond to education and use of the bus.
3. It is maintained regularly so that we keep it in service for its useful lifespan.
5.3 Risk Management
1. Accidents: We shall provide insurance cover with a reputable insurance company to handle any such eventualities.
2. Improper handling: We shall engage an experienced professional driver.
3. Slip and fall: We shall provide a capable and trained assistant always on the bus.
No. Item Amount (US$) Source
1. Wheelchair Bus 50,000 Donor
2. Shipping and related charges 10,000 Donor
3. Port clearing charges 8,000 ARCH
4. Education 2,000 ARCH
Total one-time cost $70,000
5. Maintenance (per annum) 12,000 ARCH
6. Insurance cover (per annum) 1,000 ARCH
Total Annual Recurrent Cost 13,000
On successful acquisition of the bus and execution of the project, we expect to be able to safely and comfortably transport the persons living with disability in our area, making it possible to reintegrate them socially, and for families to be spared undue stress and poverty.
We therefore sincerely hope to receive financing to carry out this project.