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Therapy for orphan kids

By Nthabisang Moreosele | Sep 10, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THUSANANI Children's Foundation is an NGO that looks after orphans in children's homes.

THUSANANI Children's Foundation is an NGO that looks after orphans in children's homes.

It was launched in 2002 by occupational therapists who realised that children with developmental problems were not receiving treatment in Soweto.

There were not enough therapists to cater to their needs.

Thusanani offered its expertise to homes around Johannesburg and to train child caregivers.

The NGO collects and distributes educational toys. They also organise outings for underprivileged children.

The NGO looks after children at Mother Theresa's Home, Lambano Baby Sanctuary, St Francis Care Centre, Agape Inner City Project, and the Love of Christ Ministries.

Mama Angel was given a guided tour of the offices and therapy rooms of the NGO in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, when delivering educational toys and recreational material for the children.

Bridget Schmidt says the therapists visit the homes to assess the children before adoption.

"We check visual perception, creativity, and gross motor activities so that the children do not encounter problems later at school," Schmidt said.

"We check the older children for speech problems and administer therapy."

Stimulation and hands-on therapy are used to bring the child up to normal level.

This increases the chances of adoption for the child.

"We teach care workers to make toys from waste to enhance therapeutic play. We have six staff members and an administrator."

The centre needs:

Occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists.

l A fundraiser.

l Equipment for its offices and clinic.

Special seats.

Toys and equipment for crèches.


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