Innovation: The Home is the only organization in this, mostly rural, area to cater to the needs of the disabled. Cognizance is taken of the cultural diversity of the individuals treated at the Home and the issue of disability is dealt with in a holistic manner focusing on a range of socio-economic issues facing the disabled in rural areas. As a Community Based Rehabilitation Programme, emphasis is put on disability awareness and therefore a campaign is being hosted on a local radio station. The extensive Community Based Rehabilitation Programme is considered to be the Home's most innovative element.
Effectiveness: Prior to the initiation of the project, the community was not aware of the availability of Disability Grants and Child Dependent Grants or how to obtain them. Now most of the disabled persons of age receive their disability grants. The Adult literacy programme has a 60% pass rate in levels 1-3 in numeracy and languages and the project estimates that by 2001 it had reached 75% of its target beneficiaries.
Poverty Impact: Some of the disabled persons are already engaged in entrepreneurship, while 3 of the Home's 38 residents have found full-time employment there. The Administration Clerk is a disabled person and 100% of the staff have been identified as having no other source of income. The Cerebral Palsy centre accommodates 25 children and 6 of the 60 children at the Pre-School are disabled. The Home's vegetable garden produces fresh vegetables that are sold to the community and women are taught sewing skills, at the Adult Centre, that they can utilize in order to generate an income. The Adult Literacy programme addresses one of the main causes of poverty, thereby contributing to the upliftment of the people.
Sustainability: The project has registered as a non-profit organization in order to be eligible for a subsidy from the Department of Welfare. Despite, this funding not being regular, the sustainability of the project is reasonably assured.
Replication: The nature of the project is such that it can easily be replicated elsewhere. That said, the main constraint to replication is the availability of funding. It should be noted that the government is reluctant to erect new homes and more interested in Community Based Rehabilitation programmes where people can be rehabilitated in their own homes.