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Oct 12, 2017

Our Commitment to Helping Special Needs Children

This project report is a submission to GlobalGiving’s 2017 Fail Forward Contest, where organizations are asked to share a story of when they tried something new that didn’t go as planned and how they learned from it. Enjoy!’

Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia Inc advocated for and on behalf of special needs children and their families who are incapable because of  financial and economic reasons, provide basic resources for their special needs children, who previously received subsidized health care from the Government. In this year's budget the funding for health assessments was defunded and the contract for the medical specialists terminated. 

We advocated on social media, radio talk shows, newspapers local television news, etc. We know that most parents of special needs chilren cannot work or in some cases cannot find work that is flexible and its difficult to get a carer for some special needs children or the parents simply cannot afford a carer. 

We advocated so funding could be reinstated for special needs children and we needed people to rally with special needs children and their families, our advocacy was overly successful in that it created awareness and with awareness came the needs list from parents and families who had special needs children but could not afford medical health checks and basic items such as Pampers, Wipes, Bibs, Food, Clothing, Formula, etc. Our problem was then to find a way to solve a problem our advocacy had created - to assist families with the needs.

The Idea to advocate for the reinstement of funding by the Government  failed but created a new problem for our organisations, how to help those who were in dire need. we did not forsee advocacy created public awareness and expectations of assistance from the advocates, we were not in a financial position to fulfill those needs either, as we had no financial allocation specifically designated  to this cause.

We discussed this issue at length at our weekly meeting, the only palatable solution to assist this situation was to explore ways to raise funds to provide help, we settled on the global giving platform to raise funds, wrote our project, submitted and started our advocacy again but this time with an aim to raise funds to assist needy families of special needs children.

We learnt a valuable lesson, when advocating on a problem, ANALYZE  the problem from every angel and  from the standpoint of the persons who are affected, look at associated needs and what can help apart from advocacy to deal with the problem in a holistic manner.

To date, from funds collected locally, we have provided assistance to five families including medical assessments, personal care items and food. We are working at solving a problem of expectation we created with our advocacy by raising funds and being very persistent with donors who promised to assist and so far we have done well.

We look forward to assisting more families with special needs children who are not financially empowered.

 

 

Oct 5, 2017

HELPING UNDERPRIVILEGED SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN

Dear Donors,

First, let me just say, thank you on behalf of the Directors of Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia!

Your recent donation means that you understand just how valuable children with cognitive or physical challenges can be. Although your donation may seem small to the average person, you know that they are not. That's why you gave, and why special needs kids and their parents are full of gratitude for your generosity.

Donors like you help make medical checkups, therapeutic sessions and other critical needs possible, and ensure that our organisation continues to offer assistance to special needs children and their families who could not, otherwise, afford these life-enhancing interventions.

We encourage you to speak to your friends and family about the importance to assist special needs children who has lost funding from the state, those who are unemployed or marginalized need our help.

We want to assist the ones who cannot help themselves by also providing disposible disapers, wipes, grocery, wheelchairs, and other items which will assist in making their lives a little better. 

We see the standard of living some of these families and children have to endure and we want to make their lives just a little better. 

 

Again, thank you! We love your support.
Best always,

 

 

Sep 18, 2017

Thank you for donating!

Special Needs Children Funding was cut out in this year's budget, this situation has left special needs families who are not financially empowered without the necessary assistance to get critical health assessments and checkups, ability to provide personal care items such as disposible diapers, bibs, physical therapy and assistive devices such as wheel chairs and other mobility aids.

Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia Inc is fundraising to assist those marginalized and vulnerable families whilst advocating that the Government of Saint Lucia restore funding assistance to special needs children as quickly as possible.

We have raised US$557 from 13 donors, we are aiming for US5,000 from 40 donors by September 29th, 2017 to remain eligible on the Global Giving Platform and to raise much needed funds for special needs children.

If you have already donated, we ask that you share this fundraiser with friends, families and co-workers and encourge them to donate and share as well.

Thank You. 

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