NO ONE wants to spend time with the disabled, not even members of their own family or friends.
They are seldom encouraged to do things for themselves. So they become lonely and their spirit is crushed.
I did not find this with the people at the Vita Nova Centre in Daggafontein, Springs. The centre is completely nonracial and nondenominational.
The centre provides relief for children with cerebral palsy and those living with HIV-Aids.
Vita Nova means New Life and "new life" is what is offered to all who live at the centre and those who attend daily.
The centre has grown from humble beginnings to a well-managed home. It offers a number of ongoing programmes to residents and day-care patients.
Vita Nova offers a workshop, a stimulation programme and a haven for mentally handicapped patients as well as those confined to wheelchairs.
Some patients are transported to and from their homes daily.
A new hostel has been built to cater for babies. These include abandoned babies, those who have been abused and those suffering from Aids, cerebral and other disabilities.
Vita Nova also offers residence in a clean environment with a live-in house mother and father. Balanced meals are offered to the residents daily.
There are stimulation sessions for girls that include sewing and knitting as well as jigsaw puzzles and colouring. Boys play soccer and cricket. Walking, as a form of exercise, is encouraged for all residents and care workers supervise the walks.
"Unfortunately the centre is unable to hire a physiotherapist, but we have a stimulation teacher who holds sessions everyday," says Benardette Voules, a Vita Nova fundraiser. "We plead for assistance. Anything will be highly appreciated."
If anyone would like to donate anything, they can call Voules or Susan Homan on 011 849 7112.
Mama Angel donated groceries to the centre.