The main caregiver at the HealthPage Liberia Children with Special Needs Home, Ms. Charlesetta N. Williams, has praised the Rotary Club of Monrovia for its continued contributions to the upkeep of the home’s children.
Ms. Williams, whose HealthPage Liberia runs the home, told this newspaper in an exclusive interview that she is praising the Club because it has always stood by the side of sick kids in Liberia, going back to her first encounter with the Rotary Club on May 9, 2014.
“During my very first meeting with them, they asked me what I wanted to help me run the home. In that particular meeting, they raised US$750 and handed it to me for me to construct special beds for the special needs toddlers of the home,” she narrated.
“From that day until today,” she said the Rotary Club of Monrovia has always been around whenever she needs help. She stated that the Club’s members are among some of the best donors to the wellbeing of human beings, including the children that HealthPage Liberia takes care of.
“Members of the Monrovia Rotary Club constantly visit the HealthPage Liberia Children at the Special Needs Home,” she added.
When HealthPage Liberia recently landed a suitable home with enough space for the kids to play, she sent out an SOS, as the house needed serious refurbishment in order to make it hospitable for the kids and the caregivers.
“The house needed to be re-wired and the plumbing works and other basic repairs needed to be done before I could move the children in,” Ms. Williams stated.
She said that the Rotary Club of Monrovia gave her more than US$600 “to get all of those things taken care of,” for which she is very grateful to the members of the Club, who also bought her a brand new refrigerator.
The HealthPage Liberia Children with Special Needs Home has three rooms, with partitions where the children can move about and play freely. In the house and compound, there are many toys and a playground for the kids.
Because of the Rotary Club of Monrovia’s continual contribution to Ms. Williams’ HealthPage Liberia home, she named one of the rooms in the home in honor of the Club.
Ms. Charlesetta N. Williams said the new home can host at least 20 children. She said she presently has 12 children, “and there is room for eight more kids.” However, she told this newspaper that she has 11 kids on the waiting list to be admitted into the home.
The special needs children Ms. Williams and her staff take care of suffer from a range of illnesses, including: Down syndrome, microcephaly, hydrocephaly, autism, cerebral palsy, and blindness.
Before Ms. Williams opened the home, she started HealthPage Liberia, which arranged for Liberian kids to go abroad for complex medical treatments that could not be done in Liberia because of the limitations in the country’s healthcare system.
Most of the children that she flew out of the country with the help of many philanthropists, including the Boston Children Hospital and the Shriners Hospital for Children, underwent open heart surgeries.