Antoinette Tubman Cheshire Home Receives Support

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James Ballah with some residents of Antoinette Tubman Cheshire Home

CU Health Science School makes donation, pledges electricity

Students from the Health Science School of the Cuttington Graduate School in Monrovia over the weekend donated assorted materials to the Antoinette Tubman Cheshire Home (ATCH) in Sinkor, which caters to physically challenged individuals.  The School also made a commitment  to pay  one year’s electricity subscription for the Home.

Items the school presented included eleven 50kg bags of rice, bales of used clothes, disinfectants and a set of wheel chairs.

James Ballah, a lecturer who presented the items to the management of the home, said, “my students and I discovered that many people living with various forms of disabilities are being cut off from mainstream society, yet they need the support of not just the government, but everyone including health and education-related institutions. We all need to extend the light of life to people in dire need.”

Ballah said that students whose efforts and resources blended to purchase the items, are  are taking courses in Public Health, Health Planning and Policy, Program Evaluation and Technical Writing.

He said that the Health Science School has publicly committed itself to identify and work with people and communities that suffer from health deficiencies.

On receiving the items, Jonah Bolakeh, the Home’s administrator, said that each caregiver takes home a meager salary of US$25 which was inadequate and also irregular.

Mr. Bolakeh called on the government to consider the plight of people living with disabilities as they are commonly left alone in hideouts and street corners to end up as “mere beggars.”

The presentation coincided with another presentation from a group of local business people, who also offloaded bags of rice along with other supplies for the home.

James Ballah with resident of the Antoinette Tubman Cheshire Home

The gesture by the two groups lightened the faces of patients and staff workers who prayed the Almighty God to bless those making the sacrifice to identify with them.

Ms Vivian Kenneh, an official from the Ministry of Gender and Children’s Protection, who attended both presentations, extended heartfelt thanks to the two groups for their thoughtfulness in addressing the needs and plights of the disabled, particularly those at the Cheshire Home.

Ms. Kenneh also commended the caretakers for having the “heart” to work with people living with multiple disabilities, adding, “some of these people cannot sit, walk or feed themselves. You caregivers are always there for them.  This is more than a job; it is rather care and love for humanity straight from your heart.”

The Antoinette Tubman Cheshire Home was established 1985 for the purpose of catering to  individuals with cerebral palsy and other forms of physical and mental disabilities. It currently hosts 13 people, two of whom are teenagers, while the rest are elderly men and women. Most of the patients are victims of birth defects, also known as congenital disorders.

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