Malamulele Onward is a non-governmental organization which provides specialized therapy (physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy) services, equipment and caregiver training to poorly -resourced rural areas of South Africa and other African countries where children severely disabled by cerebral palsy have little or no access to rehabilitation therapy and equipment.
Our logo includes two icons, a baobab tree and a happy child, each of which represents something important to Malamulele Onward. The choice of the Boabab tree as our logo represents the Malamulele area where our project first put down roots, it is symbolic of where we began. The Baobab tree is known for its ability to provide shelter, water, food and relief from sickness. The magical Baobab tree, also known as the “Tree of Life” is strong, beautiful and majestic. It is a living symbol of life, growth and security. It grows in conditions of adversity yet continues to prosper and flourish. We see the baobab as a symbol of what Malamulele Onward offers to children with Cerebral Palsy and their carers.
The dignified colour of vibrant green and crisp white symbolises the stability, respect and commitment we demonstrate children we treat and their families. The Malamulele Onward team aspires to inspire possibility and unleash the potential of children with Cerebral Palsy. We believe with the right treatment and support the children we have the pleasure of meeting will begin to thrive despite their challenges and their carers find in us a place of rest and shelter. Children with Cerebral Palsy are the heart of Malamulele Onward. We strive to ensure that all the children we treat are alive with positivity, hope and personal fulfilment.
Our name, Malamulele Onward is derived from the Shangaan word “Malamulele” meaning Rescuer. The word Malamulele was chosen because of its meaning and because it is the name of the small rural town in which this project first began. Malamulele is a small rural town in the north east corner of Limpopo Province, South Africa. It is 250 km from Polokwane, the capital of Limpopo. The nearest large town is Thoyandou, situated about 70 km away.