Project will help re-build and restore to near-normalcy the lives of around fifty cerebral palsy (CP) affected children who are brought to Balajothi Centre where we provide physiotherapy, speech-therapy, vocational training and counselling sessions to help the CP affected children become self-reliant, confident and useful individuals. Parents of CP affected children are also involved so that they are cared for in their home environment as well.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a non-progressive disorder that causes physical disability in development mainly in the areas of body movement and control. It is caused by damage to the motor control centres of the developing brain and can occur during pregnancy, childbirth or after birth. Children affected by CP have problems in perception, communication, cognition and epilepsy. It also leads to musculoskeletal problems resulting in difficulties in movement and balancing.
How will this project solve this problem?
CP affected children need regular physical activity to improve muscle strength & general health. This is accomplished through regular physiotherapy & other activities which result in increasing flexibility of muscles. We provide the therapy and trainings on a daily basis in a safe and secure environment. We also educate & enable the parents to follow through the sessions at home. This project equips Balajothi Centre with the much-needed physiotherapy equipment & training aids for the program.
Potential Long Term Impact
Neglect of a CP impaired child can lead to lifelong inadequacies impacting the child's life. Regular therapy & training sessions help the children lead near-normal lives. Failure results in tightening of ligaments & spasticity leading to permanent immobility. They are trained for: SELF CARE: bathing, toileting, dressing & grooming. MOBILITY: to safely and independently move around. Communication & Social Relationships: Child's interaction especially other people. Thus giving them SELF ESTEEM
Total Funding Received to Date: $5,325
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $5,325 . The original project funding goal was $5,000.