Families raising disabled children are struggling emotionally and financially due to the impact of lockdowns, curfews and restrictions imposed by countries to minimize spread, infections and death from COVID-19.
All families of special needs report a loss of income and increased household costs, as cost of disposable diapers, milk products, special snacks and food prices generally are rising rapidly due to a global shipping crisis causes by COVID-19.
A number of families told us that the pandemic has had a negative impact on their child’s health and wellbeing, so they’re emerging from an exhausting and really challenging period from every aspect of their livelihood and wondering how to reboot their lives literally.
As they try to recover and re-engage with health and social care professionals, quite a few reports, receiving less support than before the start of covid-19. What we’re also seeing are families struggling further because of the challenges of disability – firstly, they’re uncertain about the lifting of restrictions because the risks to their children’s health and wellbeing are greater.
Secondly, many are now in a much more vulnerable financial position than they were in March 2020, because of loss of income and increased costs. Raising disabled children already costs around three times more than children without disabilities, so mostly all our special needs clients have no money to fall back on and increasing levels of debt.
We were able to provide food and medical support to seven families and three scholarships to children with special needs.
A total of eleven families continue to received support, we want to continue with your help and support to assist these families we have been challenged in every single way over the last 18 months.
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