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Job Offered: Occupational Therapist

Full time position available for hardworking, ethical, enthusiastic rehabilitation Occupational Therapist interested in hands-on work with children and young adults at Africa’s First Burns Charity Children of Fire based in Auckland Park, Johannesburg and in Pinner, London. It is a non-smoking organisation, free from prejudice, where innovative solutions are encouraged.
Children of Fire arranges surgery and rehabilitation of the poorest terribly-injured child burn survivors across Africa, integrating education and social intervention.
The therapist will work in a busy, interactive environment where teamwork is essential. The extensive and diverse input of colleagues is valued as many have practical OT knowledge. Therapist should be willing to make a long-term commitment as dipping in and out of children’s lives is harmful to them.
A passport and yellow fever vaccination are required for potentially-extensive travel within South Africa and further afield, often at short notice. Remuneration: Dependent on experience
Skills Required: Experience in paediatric rehabilitation. The therapist should be well-versed in assessment and treatment of both physical and cognitive function, splint and pressure garment-making, serial splinting and serial casting.

• Good English report-writing and communication.
• Able to assess children for splinting, pressure garments and exercise to optimise mobility and functionality, and ensuring patient/guardian compliance.
• The complexity of the disability or the age of an injury should not prevent an attempt to improve function or mobility as our 19-year-long track record demonstrates Escher’s view “Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible.”
• The candidate will be required to participate in case management meetings daily.
• Will conduct brief as well as comprehensive assessments to optimise functioning within the context of learning and development; solutions are considered in a life-long context, imagining what the future adult will need to do.
• Will interpret medical and academic reports to provide information and/or ensure that treatment is appropriate.
• Will plan, initiate and periodically re-assess the effectiveness of therapy plans.
• The therapist will be expected to train other therapists in the longer term and to prepare research papers on treatment techniques. Assistance with designing a hospital occupational therapy department is a long term goal.

Training in prosthesis-making might be provided.
Education/ Registration: A recognised degree in Occupational Therapy, HPCSA registered, specialism in hands or maybe an interest in specialising in hands, member of OTASA (or its equivalent in other country). Clean driver’s licence and own transport essential. No criminal record. If you are passionate about improving lives, please submit an updated CV, motivation letter, indication of salary sought and your availability to firechildren@icon.co.za
Closing date: 15th March 2015. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Just To Be

ONE IN THREE of the children that we help has been burned intentionally.
The pain that they have felt is unspeakable.
But long after the flames are extinguished, the pain goes on.
They are disabled by their burns. But more by your stares.
Scarred permanently.
Outside and In.
There is no day when they can forget that they are burned.
No day when society does not avert its eyes. Or look too long. Brutally.
No day when they are not at the receiving end of revulsion. Pity. Cruelty. Tears.
Oh for a day Just To Be.

There are other concerns.
So small. So practical. They could astound you.
Just to have a thumb and an index finger so that a child could hold a pencil.
To have two ears to fix your glasses to.
To have a nose to sniff with.
To have a prosthetic leg that did not chafe your skin raw.

Each child could stand up and shout: “It is not my fault!
“My place of birth is not my fault!
“My nationality is not my fault!
“I am human just like you.
“I want to walk, talk, laugh, run, smile, learn, grow, give, just like you.

“I am a member of the human race.
Let me return to it as your equal.”
There is life after the fire.

WHY walk 13 miles around London for Africa’s burned children? Or part of the way? Or sponsor a child?
There are massive tragedies and atrocities daily in our troubled world.
And being burned is one of the most devastating of them all.
Children of Fire need your help.
Just To Be.

To join the walk on Saturday 12th September 2015, email firechildrenuk@btinternet.com
Phone 0208 868 2967 or 077 11 02 3116
Donate to: Children of Fire, Barclays Bank, East Kent Branches,
Sort Code: 20-17-92 Account: 90103330.
If you are walking, please set up a Just Giving Page. We can tell you how.

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This is the website of the sister charities:
Children of Fire International
(registered in England and Wales, Number 1088785) and
Children of Fire
(registered in South Africa, Number IT121180/98).

The charities co-operate to help young survivors of burn injuries (whether by fire, chemicals, electricity or hot liquids) in Africa and to help and educate the communities in which they live, providing both prevention and cure. Some aspects of the Johannesburg School for Blind, Low Vision and Multiple Disability Children are also covered here as the GDE-registered school provides tuition for children awaiting surgery.

Contact Office Assistant: Abegail Ximba for details.
58 Auckland Avenue, Auckland Park 2092, Gauteng Province, South Africa
Tel: 011 726 6529 (international dialling +27 11 726 6529 )
Fax: 011 482 4258
MAIN charity email address: firechildren@icon.co.za

United Kingdom.
53 Rickmansworth Road, Pinner, Middlesex HA5 3TJ
Tel: 0208 868 2967 / 0784 1560 486
Email: firechildrenuk@btinternet.com

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