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  1. Felix samura

    In rural Sierra Leone a child born with a disability is destined for a life of dependency. For the poor this burden can be extreme. Disabled children can be a social, financial, mental and physical burden to their families. Through lack of knowledge and skills of the family, the children do not get the appropriate help they need. The children do not go to school and hardly leave their homes. Therefore, they are not challenged and do not develop mentally or physically. Families will often favor a healthy child over a disabled child, when it comes to food and attention.

    Medical and rehabilitation treatment does not reach the disabled children in the poor villages. Due to the high level of illiteracy in villages, the families do not understand or know what benefits the government provides. In addition, villages are far from medical or rehabilitation centre’s, therefore transportation cost is another obstacle.

    The children who don’t have to be carried, can sit up straight and behave in a group can go to a
    Government school. In these schools they will have a place amongst 30-40 other children and if
    they cannot follow; there will be not much extra attention for them. The children will have a hard
    time finding friends to play with because they are not understood. Special education is rare but
    through a so called IED teacher, most schools get weekly support by a special teacher that
    visits schools that have enrolled disabled children.

    Very few opportunities exist in the work place for people with disabilities. With the growing
    Population size and the lack of jobs, very few people with disabilities get paid employment. They
    are often confined in their homes and are dependant on their family for life. Disabled support
    and awareness in Sierra Leone is in its infancy.

    Our District provinces have the highest number of disabled residents, to date only few disabled resource centres have been established in Sierra Leone. (Government of Sierra Leone Dept. of
    Economics and Statistics, 2014 census) Private clinics have set up schools and centers, but not
    all areas are covered and especially in the rural area’s it’s hard to reach the children due to
    Transport problems.

    C.Andrew Foundation will provides rehabilitation support for poor families, with the help of local
    healthcare workers from Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), specializing in different
    Disciplines. The foundation scheme will build and finish in the districts headquarters where healthcare workers will be employed by the Foundation to find the disabled people and provide them with free care, free aids, and a possible scholarship. Community Base rehabilitation
    (CBR) officers will visit the villages to identify the disabled people. Registration day for a specific area. During the registration days, doctors or nurses will be hire to assess and record the
    degree of disability in a National Identity Disabled Certificates (Pass Book) for each disabled
    Person. In addition, the family income and caste are recorded in the Pass Book. The pass
    book entitles the disabled person to receive the government benefits and it must be renewed
    annually. Only few NGO’s in the districts are working alongside of the scheme; they are not asking for government funds, but are approved by the government to work in rehabilitation and
    disabled support.

    C.Andrew Foundation, will set up disabled centre’s to provide treatments such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Only few disabled centre’s have provided additional vocational training. This is a positive step to addressing the immediate situation.

    C.Andrew Foundation will work with more local and international NGO’s that are trying to connect the provision with the ones who need it. Some NGO’s in the district have started to help disabled children that do not get help from the government program but more needed to be done. These children live far from the existing disable centres; therefore this Foundation will provide home-based care through our outreach programs. Transportation between the villages to the hospitals and rehabilitation centre’s, require time and resources from Organization.

    The NGOs, C.Andrew Foundation, will target the finding of disabled people, who have not been
    Registered or are still not receiving any rehabilitation. Apparently the NGO’s will not able to
    Cover the whole country areas of Sierra Leone. The centres will be ready to struggling to provide the care needed, with limited resources and limited skilled staff. They will mostly reach the children that can afford to travel. In the government scheme there is nothing written about long term or follow-up treatment. Overall one can say that the children are not challenged to use their abilities or to develop them. The focus is mostly on physical needs and adjustment, which are not enough to give a child a chance in the wider society. It will also need education and skilltrainig. Parents of disabled children are often insecure about asking for help. The provision benefits are difficult to reach when you get sent away or don’t get all the information from the doctors or social.


    1 Workers. Doctors don’t give all the information because of several reasons.
    2 They are afraid the parents will abandon their child.
    3 They don’t have time to do the proper assessments or tests (for free).
    4. They don’t always have adequate knowledge about different disabilities.
    5 Also, parents feel guilty about having a disabled child due to misbelieves and fear. Family and
    Neighbors are likely to encourage that feeling of guilt and a lot of mothers are left alone with
    the care of their child. In Sierra Leone, it is almost impossible for a woman to be independent. When a husband leaves them, they will be depending on the help of their family and charity. Because of the feeling of guilt, it is not likely they will raise their voice to stand up for the rights of their child.

    The educational policy states that if a child is “less than 50% disabled” they can attend regular
    Classes. There are only government run special schools in Sierra Leone catering for disabled
    Children. (Government of Sierra Leone Dept. of Economics and Statistics, Statistical Handbook
    2014). within the government schools, some teachers have completed the course in special education and can provide inclusive care for the disabled children. The program is called Inclusive Education for the Disabled (IED). In the education system there is currently some provision for special needs children, who are enrolled in mainstream government schools. These provisions include scholarships, bus passes and special education from IED teachers.

    In reality, a lot of disabled people do not have the opportunity to get the appropriate education, due to poverty and illiteracy in their family. The free benefits do not reach the villages because children are not registered after birth and the families do not know they are entitled to government provisions. Also, children will be sent away from schools because the school cannot provide the care needed and parents don’t know how to ask for special education or where else to go to. Children who do get enrolled in the normal schools are often neglected and
    are sitting in the back of the class without a possibility to learn at their own speed. Again, parents are not raising their voice to change this, because they risk being sent away. The NGO C.Andrew Foundation program will guarantee that the child will be able to learn at their own speed. Disabled children will be getting the additional attention they require due to the large class size. Parents And C.Andrew will fight to keep their failing children in the school so they are able to work, providing what income they can to support the family.

    Based on the information above, the NGO C.Andrew can conclude that many disabled children in Sierra Leone do not get the appropriate support. This project would like to contribute to the improvement of the current support. C.Andrew Foundation will work with other NGOs in the
    area, as well as provide additional support. The project will focus on promoting awareness of
    the existing benefits, offer support and influence the government policy. C.Andrew outreach team will visit the villages in the district to assess the community services and villagers. The NGO will identify the disabled children and determine what their initial needs are. Then the outreach team will decide what the best provision will be and who will provide those provisions.
    Based on the assessment of the current situation, we need to provide additional support. C.Andrew vision is to build a Special Education Center. The center will include special education, rehabilitation and vocational training. A future residential facility will also be available.
    The Earth Aid Holland Foundation wants to be the catalyst in the process, so that eventually
    C.Andrew Foundation can take the responsibility with local staff.

    The target group for the disabled support program will be children in the age of 0-15 with a
    mental and/or physical disability in Sierra Leone, who live in poor needy families that cannot afford (medical) care for their children.

    The overall goal of the Disabled Support Centre project is to improve the quality of life for
    Disabled children in poor families in Sierra Leone.

    Increased and more appropriate support for disabled children and their families
    Increased social interaction between families with disabled children in villages in the area.
    Integration of disabled children and young adults into the wider community.
    Education and Life skills development.

    The best way to achieve the goals will be through education. Challenging the children to
    develop themselves and by giving them a chance to come out of their isolation and
    Mean something for their environment. This is why the NGO C.Andrew wants to set up a centre for special education with multidiscipline support for mental and physical disabilities.

    The outreach team will visits the families to educate them on their rights and benefits, as well as showing them how to receive the benefits. In the NGO C.Andrew Foundation day-care centre, The NGO C.Andrew Foundation will start a successful workshop program for parents and caretakers. Through NGO will take away the feeling of guilt and empowered the attending parents to stick up for their child and find ways to create a better future. The parents with enthusiasm will be invited to topics like causes of disabilities, children’s rights and how to share worries.

    In the first phase of the project we will set up a centre where parents can come for support and
    education about government benefits and available provisions in the country. We will educate the parents that come individually and in groups. We will continue the workshops to give knowledge about the disabilities, possible treatment, provided facilities and benefits.

    This centre will also help to make individual future plans for the children. C.Andrew Foundation will help the parents make decisions about care for their child. Also this will include making a financial plan to secure future treatment and other plans. If needed, we can provide financial support in a way that the parents will be responsible through micro credits or sponsoring. A plan we need to work out is to increase the income level of the parents through small businesses that can be set in or close by the centre.

    In order to have an effective program, CAndrew Foundation would like to bring different disciplines under one roof. The primary focus will be on special education with additional support, such as physiotherapy and vocational training. All the disciplines will be working together for the same goal. Each child will have a specific treatment plan with individual goals that the whole team will work towards.

    The Special Education Centre will comprise of 2 therapy rooms, a day-care centre, and classrooms for education and training, an office and a staff room. There will be showers, toilets and a place to wash clothes. If funding permits, there will be a therapy pool.

    In the future, CAndrew Foundation would like to accommodate children who cannot live at home or who do not have a home. Although C.Andrew Foundation would like the children to live with their families as long as possible, it may be more beneficial in some cases for the child to live at the centre. A residential home will be added as part of the centre during Phase VI of the program.

    The Special Education Centre will be built in a location close to a government schools for the
    Children to attend. It will be close to major bus routes so that the centre is easily accessible.
    Special, individually tailored education will be provided at the centre’s for those children who are
    Unable to attend the mainstream schools.

    The centre’s will provide education appropriate to the needs of the individual children. The 0-5
    year old children will benefit from day-care with basic skills training such as walking, talking and
    small, manageable domestic tasks. Those from 6 – 13 will receive formal education, either in a
    local government school or, alternatively, in the centre itself. A program of skills training will be
    available for children over 14.
    A long-term goal of the program is to be able to influence policy at governmental level. Through
    this, special needs education will be given a higher priority and changes implemented at State
    level enabling all children with disabilities to access appropriate support and education in their

    1. In depth assessment of the area to include numbers and needs of children with disabilities
    and the provision available for them (with knowledge of other NGO’s) in affiliation with the
    Rehabilitation centre’s in Sierra Leone
    2. Make contact and links with other providers in the area, such as schools, clinics and homes
    (government and private).
    3. Set up an empowerment centre for the empowerment of disabled children and their parents.
    4. Find locations for satellite centre’s and recruit staff.
    5. Equip the families of disabled children with the knowledge and skills to provide targeted care
    for children and provide means by which the children can develop a level of independence
    relevant to their needs.
    6. Equip the families of disabled children with the knowledge and skills to provide targeted care
    for children and provide means by which the children can develop a level of independence
    relevant to their needs.
    7. Train staff in order to help them understand how they can take care of the children and
    challenge them to develop.
    8. Provide workshops in the villages through outreach and the satellite centre’s.
    9. Improve the accessibility of the provisions.
    10. Educate about the benefits and how to get them.
    11. Arrange transportation to provisions (hospitals, clinics and the Special Education Centre).
    12. Satellites will provide local support, such as outreach, education and care to those villages
    that are too far from the primary Special Education Centre.
    13. Build a Special Education Centre with a provision as complete as possible for disabled
    children and their care-takers and recruit staff for the centre.
    14. Sustain and expand the centre by assessing needs and program effectiveness, by provision
    of C.Andrew Foundation coordinators to monitor and support the centre’s activities and by
    identifying potential community members to continue with and develop appropriate
    15. Find financial support from the local government and local/international sponsors.

    1. A complete assessment of all organizations that will provide disabled care in the area and
    Whether the families can reach them.
    2. Effective coverage of provision in the area.
    3. An empowerment centre for education of parents and mediation between provisions.
    4. A Special Education Centre will exist with the following provisions:
    5 Medical Care, Physiotherapy and mental support. Day-care and rehabilitation for the children ages 0- Early intervention centre, vocational training for children.
    6 Resource centre for school going children, separate from the day-care.
    7 A resident for children who have nowhere else to go. Utilization of disability aids, such as crutches, braces and wheel chairs.
    6 Families with disabled children are financially and mentally supported to take care of their child at home.
    7. Children develop and are challenged to do so by their environment.
    9. The local staffs that understands and maintains the goals guarantees sustainability.
    10. Financial support for long term is guaranteed for at least 5 years.

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  7. Gerry van der Puijl

    Ik mis van alles en als ik een week in NL, wil Ik weer gauw naar huis.

    • sophia

      mijn heimwee word alleen maar erger il wil zo graag terug maar hoe???waar vind il nog werk huis ecc? hopeloos en ondertussen kwijn ik weg hier

      • Dim

        Hallo Sophia, misschien heb ik een oplossing voor jou. Ik werk sinds kort van uit huis en deze bedrijf zoekt nog mensen. Voor mij werkt dit perfect want je kan gaan en staan waar je wil. Mocht je interesse hebben laat het mij weten.

  8. sophia

    ik mis alles van Nederland!!!

  9. Corrinne Gerrist

    Er is zo veel dat ik mis teneerste mijn kleinzoon Mike en tja alle etens waren..drop limburges zuurvlees van paarden vlees mmmm jammmmie……….

  10. Pieter Verhoek

    Kroketten , Bitterballen en Frikandellen maak ik zelf.

  11. Herbie Rijndorp

    Leuk idee, ik mis mijn bitterballen!

    • Jos

      ….en kroketten, en een frikadelletje speciaal, en………. sorry, I am losing self control for a moment!

    • Martine Joanne

      Maak ze zelf -] zo gemaakt en nog veel lekkerder.

      Martine J

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