As a natural extension of ACR's Clean Water for Children's Hospitals in China, we are developing the scope of this project to include schools for special needs children, particularly those with mental or physical medical issues.
"Special needs" are often defined by what a child CAN'T do, so part of the work of these schools is to foster understanding of what these children CAN do - that mentally handicapped children are young people of self-respect and value, who are in turn due respect, love and acceptance.
Special needs children - particularly those with medical issues - are as vulnerable to water-related illnesses and serious conditions as children admitted to hospitals, and with futures that are every bit as uncertain. For now, ACR's choice with these particular children is to focus on how we can help in the present. Please join us in bringing clean, safe drinking water to aid the healthy development of special needs children in China.
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