Our students have been working very hard!
It’s been a month now since we opened our day program for individuals with autism and other special needs. The students have proven that every child is capable of learning if given a chance.
It’s been a month now since our day program in Sierra Leone opened its doors to students with autism and other special needs who have never been to school. I am very happy to report that the students are all eager to learn and doing very well. They are trying to produce sounds and some are trying to pronounce words.
Our first day program for individuals with autism and other special needs, opened in Bo, Sierra Leone on May 14th, 2018. The students range in age from 7 to 19 years old.
Junior and I returned to the United States from Sierra Leone yesterday. We opened a day program for individuals with developmental disorders and other special needs. It was heartbreaking to know that these young kids and younger adults have never attended school, as there was no place for them in mainstream schools. They were written off by society. Sierra Leone is a place where there is no provision for individuals with social needs.
All of these kids are considered by society as a product of either spiritual influence, fault of the mom, witchcraft, or child of the devil, and money should not be wasted on them. In just a week of love, support and safety, we have proven to their parents that they are as important as as any other child, and they are capable of learning and getting an education.
We had a visit from the Ministry of Social Welfare, and we met all the criteria for certification.
Junior’s Place of Hope at your service. 😀
Pics and post to follow. 😊😊😊
Hello! We’re definitely overdue for an update.
I’ve been in Sierra Leone for about a month now and I’m so pleased with the way things are moving along. We were fortunate to take part in the Kick Stigma Out of Autism event last month, which was a collaboration with the Sierra Leone Autistic Society and the Autism Sierra Leone Council. The event had such a good turnout. We were able to help bring awareness to autism, and had fun at the same time.
Thank you to all you wonderful souls who have donated, and continue to support JPOH. With your generous gifts we were able to buy supplies, and the day program facility is well on it’s way to be fully equipped!
The students have been registered and are all prepped for school to start tomorrow!
Today we joined Sierra Leone autism society and several organizations to raise awareness of autism in the capital city of Freetown. Junior was excited to walk three miles.