Two years ago the government of Saint Lucia terminated the health assessment for special needs children, this assessment is necessary to make a critical evaluation of children who have special need to understand if they should be in mainstream educational institutions, we advocated for the reinstatement of the program however the Govt has never reinstated the specialists, instead they appointed a pediatrician who works at a public health institution without the necessary technical expertise and a language barrier and its been downhill from there for parents of special needs children who are unemployed or are underemployed because they need to provide care and protection to their special needs children.
Our appeal for assistance for vulnerable, poor and marginalized families with special needs children continues, we provide disposables and food items however the funding has not been able to provide the level of support required i.e. disposible, non perishables and medical assessment for all who require, the level of support has been to limited number of persons.
We get numerous call for assistance on a daily basis, we cannot do it alone and we continue to request assistance from donors so we may assist those who cannot assist themselves in this times.
Dec 26, 2018
SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN NEED A LOT MORE
By Catherine Sealys - President
While we have not raised any funding via our global giving platform for special needs children we continue to support with inkind donations from people who support our organisation from the USA.
We supply disposible pampers, wipes and non perishable items to a limited number of children and pay for assessment fees for those who their parents are not able and they need to attend school.
Many special needs children and their families because of their economic status i.e. marginalized and vulnerable are without the required support from state agencies because of budget cuts, they are discriminated on within the public education system and parents spend lots of time battling to security the right to meet their children's needs outside of the home.
The system for supporting children and young people with special needs is verging on crisis. Against a backdrop of increasing cuts to agency budgets, parents are having to deal with poor decision making on the part of government employees which frequently stems from a lack of understanding that all children regardless of their disabilities are citizens who deserve the same rights as everyone else
Special needs children are citizens too!
Oct 2, 2018
WE CONTINUE TO STRIVE FOR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN
By Catherine Sealys - President
Our fundraising has not been as successful as we had hoped, however we continue to provide whatever assistance we can to select families of special needs children, we are being called upon to assist with many cases for medical assessments and to provide non perishable food items and other disposibles however due to financial constraints we can only help those who are extremely vulnerable.
We continue to hope that our request for assistance and cry for help for and on behalf of special needs childre and victims and survivors of gender based violence will be heard and both private individuals and corporate entities and they will voluntarily come forward to assist.
We continue to advocate for and behalf of the vulnerable, marginalized, poor, victimized and those who do not have the strength or courage to come forward and speak for themselves, we continue to advocate for the amendment of specific pieces of legislation to ensure all women and children are equally recognized in their own right and we continue to advocate for improved social services so victims of violence can feel safe while disclosing violence and most importantly we continue to hope that children in state rehabilitation institutions and private foster care are protected, cared for and rehabilitated so they may be reintegrated into society as productive individuals.
We welcome your donation to support families of special needs children!