With the help of some donors, we were able to provide food for some children and young adults with special needs in Kenema, Sierra Leone.
Today we celebrate our two year anniversary of bringing hope to families with special needs children in Sierra Leone and the USA. We have also helped to educate so many families on autism, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome and other special needs. We are educating one community and one city at a time to support, accepts and include individuals with special needs as part of the community. thank you all for supporting us for two years
Ay Juniors Place of Hope, we provide two meals a day for our students and 98% of our students depend on this meal for their daily nutritional needs, but since the school locked down, some of our students have been seen roaming the neighborhoods in search of food. Today with the help of supporters, we were able to provide two weeks supply of food for our students.
This years theme is transitioning to adulthood. At JPOH we help our members to master social skills that can help them be confident and independent members of society.
To keep our students and staff safe, we have temporarily closed our school until further notice. We will be calling and checking on our students to make sure they are safe.
Construction is going on now for our new school which will allow us to accommodate more students and their needs. We have reached wall height but needs more funds to roof and finish the building.
Our students are always excited to take pictures if they know I will see them. I like to know how big they are.
Our nurse at Juniors Place of Hope held an inservice on proper hand washing and ways to avoid the transmission of infection and ways to protect against been infected.
The first thing most people do when they see a child with autism or other special needs is to make a judgment, feel sorry for the parent or ignore them totally.
Individuals with special needs want what everyone wants, respect, acceptance and support. The first thing to do is smile, say hello and if it’s a child having a sensory breakdown the best you can do for the parent is to tell her ” you are doing a great job” you don’t know how much does six words mean to a parent dealing with a meltdown.
Our children’s response to different places and activities varies from child to child and parents shouldn’t be called “bad” or the kids shouldn’t be called “unruly” when you don’t know what they are going through.
Support, accept and respect individuals with autism and other special needs.
Henrietta Bassey, RN, BSN and ACAS