The.Sponge.Project

About Us

We are working on a project to empower disabled people with information.

 

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Q. WHY DID YOU START THE SPONGE PROJECT?

* DISABLED PEOPLE DON’T KNOW WHERE TO GET INFO OR SERVICES

* DISABLED PEOPLE DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW

* DISABLED PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THAT THERE ARE NGO’S & SUPPORT GROUPS, THEY JUST STRUGGLE ON

* SERVICE PROVIDERS SUCH AS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS & NGOS OFTEN OPERATE IN THEIR OWN BOXES, & SELDOM KNOW WHAT SERVICES OTHER DEPARTMENTS, OR NGOs PROVIDE

 

Q. WHY DID YOU CALL IT THE SPONGE?

* BECAUSE THE DATABASE SUCKS IN INFORMATION, & WE SQUEEZE IT TO PROVIDE INFO

 

Q. WHO DO YOU HELP?

* DISABLED INDIVIDUALS OR STAFF IN NGOs OR GOVERNMENT DEPTS  FROM ANY PART OF THE DISABILITY SECTOR - PHYSICAL, BLIND, DEAF, COMMUNICATION, MULTIPLE, INTELLECTUAL, PSYCHIATRIC ILLNESS

 

Q. HOW DO YOU DO IT?

* COLLECTIVELY WE HAVE OVER 60 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN PROJECT MANAGMENT & OVER 40 YEARS

EXPERIENCE IN THE DISABILITY SECTOR

* WE ARE HUMBLE, HAVE NOTHING TO PROVE OR HIDE & ARE  NOT AFRAID TO ASK ANYONE FOR ADVICE

* WE ARE PC-WISE & HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY

* WE KNOW HOW TO FIND INFORMATION & HAVE DEVELOPED A LARGE DATABASE OF RESOURCES

 

Q. WHERE IS YOUR AREA OF OPERATION?

* WE WORK FROM HOME IN PORT ELIZABETH

* WE PROVIDE OUR SERVICE TO ANYONE IN SOUTH AFRICA WHO CAN SEND US A SMS FROM ANY PROVINCE, ABOUT ANY DISABILITY OR REHAB SERVICE

 

Q. WHEN DO YOU OPERATE?

* OUR SMS DONGLE IS ALWAYS ENABLED TO RECEIVE AN SMS

* WE TRY TO RESPOND WITHIN 12 HOURS OR LESS

 

Q. HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE ?

* NOTHING, & THE SMS CALLERS CAN USE THEIR FREE SMS's

* THIS IS A FREE SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY

 

Q. WHAT INFO DO YOU PROVIDE?

* IF CALLERS TELL US THEIR NAME, TOWN, DISABILITY & WHAT THEY WANT TO KNOW,

WE WILL REFER THEM TO THE NEAREST APPROPRIATE NGO OR GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT

 

Q. HOW DO YOU FOLLOW UP?

* WE SEND A COPY OF THE SMS CALL & OUR REPLY TO THE NGO/GOV DEPT AND ASK THEM

TO TELL US WHAT ASSISTANCE THEY HAVE PROVIDED

 

Q. WHAT SORT OF INFO OR SERVICE DO PEOPLE ASK FOR?

* DISABILITY GRANT

* WHEELCHAIR

* REHAB THERAPY

* CARE GIVER

* AAC SYSTEM

* LONG CANE, MOBILITY TRAINING

* BLIND SKILL - TYPING

* SIGN LANGUAGE TUITION

* SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER

* DEAF MUSLIM FRIENDS

* SPECIAL SCHOOL FOR CP CHILD

* BOARDING SCHOOL FOR CP CHILD

* JOB

* MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP.

* SOMEONE WITH ASPERGERS SYNDROME TO TALK TO

* SOMEONE WITH BRAIN INJURY TO TALK TO (OR COMMUNICATE WITH)

* SELL MY WHEELCHAIR

* ADVICE ON DIABETES MEDICATION.

* REINSTATE GRANT

* HORSERIDING

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