First Start Opens Doors for Special-need Children

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The First Start Daycare and Academy has on May 12, 2014 opened its doors for children, who have disabilities and special needs, its director announced.

According to Mrs. Charlesetta N. Williams, owner and director of First Start, the daycare is for children, who are suffering from disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Multiple Syndromes and Autism.

“Today the parents started to bring their children in, we already had some challenges, one mother did not have money for pampers; we had to provide pampers which is very expensive in Liberia,” Mrs. Williams said.

Mrs. William also publicized that children, who  are described as needing special assistance due to intellectual disabilities, mobility issues, communication issues, learning difficulties and many more issues are promised speech counseling, physical therapy and above all, care.

“At the daycare, we have a physiotherapist, who will do physical therapy on the children. We have a registered nurse, who was sent by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare for our medical needs. The nurse is at the home from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. as well as the physiotherapist. And we have a social worker as well; we are looking forward to a speech therapist arriving from overseas soon. These children need therapy; some of them aren’t able to do anything on their own.” Mrs. Williams stated.

Furthermore, Mrs. Williams knowing the importance of such therapy that is reported to prolong the life of children who have mobility issues, and assured that each child directly will receive such rehabilitation.

According to Cerebral palsy alliance survey record online, 1 in 3 children are unable to walk; 1 in 4 is unable to talk; 1 in 10 has severe vision impairment; 3 in 4 experience pain; 1 in 4 have epilepsy and 1 in 2 have an intellectual impairment.

MOTHERS’ DAY

Mrs. Williams received a boast over the weekend after making a surprise visit during Mothers’ Day to abandoned children with these needs at various hospitals such as JFK, James Davies Memorial and Redemption awaiting their removal.

“On Mothers’ Day I visited all of the hospitals where all these abandoned babies are, and I wrote a card on their behalf to the nurses who have cared for them to say thank you. I also mentioned on the card where it’s very noticeable that the Rotary Club has gotten them beds and mattresses so that they can come home, I don’t know when but I hope it’s this week,” she added.

Also, there is recorded to be over 15 abandoned children with special needs to live at the academy, and Mrs. Williams asks that any parent who wants their child to attend the academy should be attentive in getting their child registered now due to space.

“We’re hoping to get full funding for the children. We’re charging for the daycare $10 a day and I’m trying to say to parents when you come for daycare, stick to daycare because if you say you want to change to residential care, it would be a difficult thing. We’re standing by for people, who will just drop off their child, but we have a lot of abandoned children ourselves with our own government and we have to hold theses spaces for them,” she alerted.

APPRECIATION TO ROTARY CLUB, OTEHRS

Meanwhile, Mrs. Williams continues to send her appreciation to all of those who have handed out aid towards her initiative and says that much more will be needed to assure that the children are properly cared for.

“Thanks to the Monrovia Rotary Club for their assistance of purchasing the beds and mattresses for the children through William (Bill) Martin, who took me to their usual meeting at the Embassy suit as his guest. All the wonderful guests both—males and females—did well for the kids. And we’re looking for more funding and more people to come and assist us.

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