Jaymar has irreversible contracture on his left knee that caused him unable to walk properly. He was a victim of hit and run accident when he was two years old. The child and other siblings are abandoned by their parents since 2003 until now. They are currently staying with their maternal grandparents who are farmers and tilt the agricultural land owned by a private person.
The child was referred by a CBR volunteer in the area who felt pity with the plight of the child to Loving Presence Foundation, Inc. The staff then visited the child and found out that he was qualified for an assistive device which is customized to aid him in ambulation. After a month the device was fitted to Jaymar. It was such a heart warming event. The grandmother sheds tears upon looking at her grandson riding on his new wheelchair. And promised to send the child to school as the school year opens.
When we visited the child again as promised by the grandmother, Jaymar now is attending classes and is an honor pupil of his class. It takes a kilometer to reach Jaymar’s school but he still able to go to school daily. His older brother helped him maneuver the wheelchair. He is full of zeal in his studies. Despite of all the hardship brought by the parents abandonment aggravated by the accident that caused his disability he’s still hopeful and looks life beautifully.
Jaymar is one of the few PWD children who views disability in a different way. For him it is a blessing in disguise. For he believes that even in the darkest part of life there’s always a ray of hope and joy. Indeed, the disability caused by that incident served as fuel for him to study even harder. Give what is best in him. As the school year about to end, he belongs to top five in his class. Jaymar dream that someday he will attain the success that he really deserves and he will experience the abyss of fulfillment.
NATIVIDAD BUNGO, a 70 year old poor widow was almost blind when our visiting Ophthalmologist, Dr. Joseph Custodio, examined her during our community screerning. Urgent surgery was required to restore her sight. The surgery was carried out in Bislig District Hospital; the left eye first and few months later, the right eye.
After the second surgery Natividad Bungo said: "I can see again, much better now! Unbeleivable! I don't feel isolated anymore in the dark and no longer a burden to my family. I am very grateful to Loving Presence Foundation, the doctors and all those who helped me and gave me a new life".
17 indigent clients with Cataract were operated on during the Foundation's most recent medical activity. Natividad Bungo is one of them.
A one year old Angelo Lenasa with CLEFT LIP AND PALATE from Caramcam District, Mangagoy, Bislig City now has a NEW SMILE after his 3 hours operation at Davao Doctors Hospital, Davao City through the support of the Loving Presence Foundation and other generous sponosrs.
It is such a pleasure to witness the new found SMILE of this little boy, the joy of the family and friends cannot be explained.
53 indigent children from the district of Surigao del Sur availed the free Operation Smile.
HANDS-ON TRAINING ON RANGE OF MOTION (ROM) AND STRETCHING EXERCISES TO PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
Believing that parents play a vital role when it comes to rearing and caring their children, much more if these children have disabilities, without parents’ cooperation the development of a child would be achievable.
June 18, 2010 the Loving Presence Foundation staffs went to the nearby Municipality of Hinatuan, with one mission to bring changed to parents of the disabled children. A HANDS-ON TRAINING ON RANGE OF MOTION (ROM) AND STRETCHING EXERCISES was given to the 30 parents of children with disability. This was purposely conducted, hence, looking into the place and area of Hinatuan Municipality where medical specialists and services are quite limited.
June 18, 2010 of the afternoon Medical Staffs of the Loving Presence Foundation, Incorporated went to the Muncipality of Hinatuan, a day before the training schedule, with only one mission to bring changed to parents of the special children, other Persons’ with Disabilities and some of the Community Based Rehab. Volunteers in the said Municipality.
Speakers were the Municipal Health Officer, Dr. Emelie S. Viola, who gave her expertise on the latest Disability Survey of the PWDs in the Municipality and the Different Types of Disabilities and their Characteristics. Though, most of the participants were parents of PWDs but on their faces seen their astonishment especially when the speaker discussed on the increasing numbers of PWDs in their town. And then, Dr. Renato Jose Villanueva, the only Physiatrist in Caraga Region, shares his expertise on Neurophysiology of Motor Function and Physiology of Joints. Though the entire presentation and terminologists’ used were in English but Dr. Villanueva were able to deliver it to the participants as understandable as possible by using the dialect language and in active-participative discussion. Everybody enjoyed the topic but surely learned so many things.
In the hands-on proper, no one was left on their chair for everybody had been busy also following and performing of the exercises discussed by Physical Therapists. All of the parents were amazed seeing their special children who responded on every exercise they made to their children. Same exercises were conducted on the second day until facilitators were quite confident enough that these participants could perform the proper exercises at home with less supervision of the Physical Therapists.
After the training, parents were very thankful and blessed of the training they attended. A parent said that it was the type of exercise he had been waiting for to be learned for going to PTs will never be possible to them, because there are no Physical Therapists available in their town. Nevertheless, the training conducted would not be a guarantee for the special kids and PWDs to improve their physical condition for it will all lies to how the parents will apply the things he/she learned in the training with of course minimal supervision from the staffs of the RHU and the LPFI. For as long as parents will find time enough to spare their special time to their special kids, then we are confident enough that attaining even the Activities of daily Living of the child will not be impossible. Our special thanks to our donors, organization and the private individuals in Global Giving. Truly you gave us a chance to extend our help to our poor fellowmen specially the Persons with Disabilities.
THE NEVER ENDING HOPE FOR BUTCH
This is the smile of Butch, most might look this smile awkward or annoying but for us who knew him it’s the sweetest smile Butch could ever gave to us, his friends. Butch is such well-known guy to anyone else especially in the area. If one will talk of crabs and shrimps that’s Butch that will came into each of our mind.
In spite of his disability, Butch has all the courage and enthusiasm of finishing his studies. The foundation started helping him when he was still in high school. Most would drag him down and discourage him for Butch has difficulty in talking, writing and slightly in walking. But that never affected him, from his first course Bachelor of Science in Business Administration he shifted into 2 years of Computer Technology. Believing this computer course will equip him to face the challenge that lies ahead on a modernized world. Thus, the foundation never ended up of supporting his dreams be realized through the help of the Sitichting Liliane Fonds and the donors from the GLobal Giving
April 18, 2008, finally the big day came. The hope for Butch’s battle had been unveiled. It was a sunny Saturday we saw Butch on his black tuga filled with overwhelming gladness for Butch finally marched in the stage and received his diploma.
However, after the day, though Butch already had a diploma another challenge set-in, the challenge for job-hunting. Butch as of now is jobless, he wanted to find job but as of this moment it isn’t his luck yet. But this condition never had been a hindrance for him to pursue his motivation and desire to live a normal life since he is into business. A little but legal business, for his financial capital is limited, which includes buying and selling crabs. If given the chance to be supported with sufficient financial assistance for Butch’s business, his future would surely be bright for Butch was born businessman already.
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