At JPOH, our goal is to help every student with special needs to be the best that they can be.
Since most Africans are still embarrassed because of cultural stigma to bring their kids with autism or other special needs in public, my family and I went to MD from CA to educate our community about autism. We also had a mental health professional talk about mental health in the African community. It was a very successful awareness event.
During the summer which is also rainy season in Sierra Leone, schools are closed from mid July to mid September. To make sure our students don’t forget what they have learned, our staff at JPOH visits our students at their homes to work with them.
This past April, representatives from Junior’s Place of Hope (JPOH) were invited to attend the Pan-African Congress on Autism in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference took place from April 25th to April 27th. As Vice President, I was looking forward to learning more about new research in the field and to presenting the stellar work that JPOH is doing.
These goals were accomplished, and more! It was invigorating to meet other passionate parents, doctors, nurses, psychologists, and people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), All of us are working towards the same goal – destigmatize autism and increase awareness of local efforts to address the needs of people living with ASD. Bring on next year’s conference!
Junior’s Place of Hope
Since we are housed in a temporary location that impedes on our growth, we are building our own school that will be able to allow us to provide more services to our kids. Thanks to all our supporters.
Almost one year after opening a safe place for kids with autism and other special needs in Bo, Sierra Leone West Africa, we had our second autism awareness walk. Compared to last year, this walk had more participants as more people are not aware of autism and are giving their support.
School is back in session! The students are happy to be back and our teachers welcomed them with open arms.
We had an autism awareness walk in the capital city Freetown to educate more people about autism.
When we visit Sierra Leone, our son Junior loves to participate in activities that the students do. Here he is making bead necklaces with the students.