Posted by: howvoicebegan | 18/01/2011

Spotlight On: The Disabled Centre

We’ve now opened up a disabled day centre just behind the children’s home. It has truly been a blessing for the children who have disabilities, most commonly Cerebral Palsy.

Frequently the family of a disabled child faces many challenges in a complex situation. Often a single mother is left to provide for her children. Sometimes they are unemployed because they spend their time taking care of their disabled. If there are other siblings, the siblings must help care for the other child and may feel unattended to because so much time and effort is devoted to taking care of their brother or sister. When there are no siblings and the parent(s) must work, the disabled child is often locked in the house during the hours that the parents are absent.
Though there are disabled centres around, they are often too expensive or do not include everything that the child needs; for example, the parent must also pay additional costs for therapies.

Busi, the director of Bophelong Disabled Centre, has a deep love for disabled children and adults and their families. Affected by cerebral palsy in her own family, she recognizes and can empathize with the challenges that these families face; her actions and energy for the centre are fueled by an understanding of the necessity of an affordable centre.

One girl in the home would sit in only position, never moving from it. It was obvious to Busi that this child would be placed in front of the TV each day in a chair facing the position she would sit in. Every day she would be moved from the bed to the TV and back to bed. She received no stimulation and had little opportunity to grow.
The caregivers in the home have been trained by an occupational therapist on how to assist the children so they will grow. In just one week, this girl went from sitting in only one position to moving more freely and improving flexibility. All she needed was someone to devote some time to helping her learn how to move.

People like Busi and the women who work in the home have a convicting compassion and love in them. They challenge me to stretch myself further and to look at an individual and ask myself, “How can I better love them? What can I do that they need right now?”

Busi challenges me to continue to work hard and push through despite what is in front of me. When I would often say, “I can’t do this task because this roadblock stands in my way,” she hardly notices, determined to pull through and make it work. And it does.

They set the bar high for those of us around. Faith, hope, and love abound in the disabled home; if you want to know what these three things look like in action, take a moment to watch these women work.

It’s a Matthew 25:40 and Philippians 4:13 kind of place.

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