Since May 2013, On His Path has been supporting the Sierra Leone Clubfoot Brace Shop through grant funding and, most recently, supplies for brace making. The original funding was provided to allow the brace makers to secure the rental of a workshop, equipment, and supplies.
One of the challenges faced was procuring good quality leather at an affordable price. Most of the time, they found themselves using ladies handbags to make the braces. This is another example of how Americans are so blessed; we have the ability and means to buy whatever we need, whenever we need and without difficulty. Once On His Path heard of this challenge, we went to work communicating with the brace makers to determine exactly what was needed. The leather was sent to England to be hand delivered by a visiting physician to alleviate any issues with customs and potential theft. Upon receiving the supplies, the brace makers were able to produce 175 braces of different sizes as requested by the national clubfoot coordinator. They were also able to produce three abduction braces for difficult cases as requested by the specialist for the clinics.
“God is our helper, we have incorporated some orthopedic work in producing Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFOs) for bigger children with clubfeet and an orthopedic boot for an adult with high shortening which was well fitted. We have also continued in normal shoe making work.”
The workshop has also recruited two street boys who are willing to learn and who are now in training for the production of braces and orthopedic devices.