MHA Gives Special Packages to Down Syndrome Kids, Volunteers

first_imgMy Heart’s Appeal Incorporated (MHA) has provided assistance to over 50 volunteers and 49 children who are suffering from Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities from around Monrovia.Down syndrome is a genetic condition in which a person has 47 chromosomes instead of the usual 46. It is one of the most common causes of human birth defects.The initiative is part of MHA’s regular activities of providing support, care and training opportunities for persons with Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities in the country.“We are here today through our CEO, Lovetie Major, to give you a 25Kg bag of rice, anti-Ebola buckets and special cartons comprising various items to all our clients and volunteers. This was planned for December during Christmas but due to the late arrival of the ship in Liberia we had to postpone it to now.”Making the disclosure and official presentation of the items on behalf of MHA, Madam Sue B. Telewoda, said the organization was committed to supporting their clients, children with Down syndrome or intellectual disabilities.  According to Madam Telewoda, who manages the Bigma’s Care Place Respite Care of MHA, the items provided were donated by the CEO and friends in the USA.“Mrs. Lovetie Major and all board members were grateful to all the parents for the level of care they continue to provide.”“The Bigma’s Care Place Respite Care is one of the programs of MHA that bring our clients and volunteers together every last Saturday in the month for six hours of one–to-one care and attention. They have indoor and outdoor games, general meeting for story time and music with care from volunteers who are selected, screened and equipped for the work.”She reminded all their clients, parents and volunteers to continue to observe the Ebola prevention measures prescribed by the Ministry of Health and partners in order to remain safe from the epidemic.Also speaking was Titema Telewoda, Sue Telewoda’s sister. Titema expressed gratitude to her parents, sisters, brothers and friends of the MHA for their support.“My sister Lovetie and other people have been working hard to make us happy and we are happy today to get all these things. We want them to continue to help support us with training and education for some of us who want to go to school and training for some of my friends who want to be trained.”She continued, “When we are together, we can be happy to play, dance and move around also.”Cynthia Fahn, a caregiver, explained that taking care of children with Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities is a serious challenge, as many people in the community would show discrimination against such persons.She expressed thanks and appreciation to MHA for the level of support provided.Also speaking, Emeka Obiamiwe, a friend of Titema Telewoda and owner of Nubian FM, pledged that his media institution will work with MHA to ensure that Down syndrome children are educated and become productive.“It is our responsibility to look out in society for people that need assistance, to make them productive and educated also.  We sometimes build our high fences in the community and don’t look beyond the fence to reach out to people that need us because we don’t think it is necessary.”He said it was unfortunate for many people in our society to show discrimination to children who are suffering from something they have no idea about.It has not been established how many persons suffer from Down syndrome in Liberia. However, one caregiver said the number could run into the “hundreds.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Local athlete Ontario bound for rugby glory

first_imgHe’ll take part when the team travels to Ontario to take on clubs representing other Canadian provinces.Despite not actually making it down south for tryouts, the young rugby player was able to submit a video showcasing a variety of his skills to U14 team’s manager, Don Brown, who obviously was quite impressed by what he saw of the 13 year old.Gray says he thought the exciting news of making the team would take a few more days to reach him.- Advertisement -“I was surprised and shocked. I didn’t expect to find out that quick. I did the tryouts and three days later my dad called me and basically said I was selected for the team.”He says he’s not only excited for the opportunity, but also a little bit nervousNow an official member of the U14 squad, Gray says it’s business as usual until the day he departs down south.Advertisement Back in New Zealand, Gray was selected to play for the South Canterbury Rugby team, an experience he said was a lot of fun as well as educational.Gray says that despite playing a game on a new continent, there isn’t too much of a difference between rugby Canada compared to New Zealand.”The difference is just that some of the people haven’t been playing rugby for as long. I mean, they are pretty good for people who have just started. I don’t think there are any other differences… it’s just more popular back in New Zealand.”Flights and accommodations, along with the $1,700 fee to enter the tournament, are not cheap, but luckily, local companies in Fort St. John have sponsored the northern representative, an act of kindness Korbyn Gray wishes to say “thank you” for.Thanks are extended to Qwest Helicopter, WL Construction, Eagle North Ent., Take One Transportation, Eagle Vision and Chris Luther Ent.Advertisement The young rugby player will journey to Vancouver come July 22, where he and his new team mates will meet and begin their training camp, held on Jericho Beach from July 23-27.They will fly to Toronto the following week for the beginning of the national tournament.center_img Gray, believes his two strongest positions on the field are the 5 position, as well as full-back, as they are the positions that allow players to catch the ball and make big runs. He also says he enjoys the kicking aspect of the game, a skill he feels he is “quite good at.”Another part of the game Gray thinks he’s talented at is side-stepping big hits, a very important skill to possess in an extremely physical sport.The 13 year old is no stranger to the game of rugby, as his first experience of playing a game came at the age of four, and signed up for club play by age five back in New Zealand.Experience should be beneficial for Northern B.C.’s representative on the team, as this won’t be the first time Gray played on the sport’s big stage.Advertisementlast_img read more

CHILDCARE WORKER ‘SCAPE-GOATED’ OVER TODDLER INCIDENT WINS TRIBUNAL CASE

first_imgLaura won her caseA DONEGAL CHILDCARE claimed she had been scape-goated and ‘wrongly blamed’ for leaving an 18-month old toddler unsupervised outside a creche for 10 minutes has won her Employment Appeals Tribunal.Laura Johnston was the only qualified creche assistant on duty in the playground of Letterkenny Community Playgroup Limited when confusion led to the boy being left outside after playtime on March 22, 2011. A tribunal heard that on the day of the incident an unqualified student was with her looking after 12 children aged between 18 months and three.She had been organising the children into a queue to return inside when she had to leave the queue to bring another child over. She noticed the door to the premises was open and the children had already gone inside and she was unable to do a headcount.Another boy had been left outside before he was noticed missing ten minutes later.Ms Johnston was suspended from her post the next day before being dismissed from her position after being found guilty of gross misconduct.After an internal appeal she was reinstated to her job but a decision of “serious misconduct” was kept on her record and she was given a final written warning which she refused to accept.The case heard that on her return to work she was told by creche manager Geraldine Burke that the mother of the toddler did not want Ms Johnston near her child again and she was assigned other duties.She objected to the findings of the creche appeal panel, left her job and was later declared unfit for work by the Department of Social Protection.In its ruling the Employment Appeals Tribunal found in favour of Ms Johnston.The tribunal referred to a HSE expert on the case and noted: “The witness stated the 12 children and 1 adult (the claimant) present in the yard on the day in question was against the Regulations.“A student present in the yard, although with level 7 training, was employed as a student and therefore did not count as an experienced adult to assist the claimant supervising the 12 children on the day in question. The student herself had to be supervised; she was there to observe and ask questions.”In a majority finding, the tribunal panel said: “The majority find that the procedures that led to the original decision to dismissal were unfair. These are as follows:“1. Child (B), who was relied upon by the Claimant, during the investigation, as a reason for her distraction, was believed, by the Respondent, not to have been in the room at the time of the incident. However, this belief, which supported their view that the Claimant was not being entirely honest during the investigation process, was never conveyed to the claimant during the investigative process.“2. The Claimant was advised that some things would be discounted from the findings, namely that she tried to cover up the incident. However these were not discounted.“3. No other staff member was scrutinised or investigated, this led the claimant to believe she was scapegoated. This belief is not without basis considering there were a number of staff directly involved in the events of that day.”The finding ruled: “As a result of the design of the room and the staff present being inside the room, they could not get a full view of the children outside. The staff needed to be outside and not inside, to mind the children when the children were outside. There were insufficient staff numbers present at the material time to ensure that the children came back inside safely.“The staff on duty and where they were located should have taken account of distractions that could arise, e.g., a child being upset or un-cooperative, which did in fact occur, and which distracted the claimant from doing the head count properly.”It added: “The claimant was not solely guilty for a child being left outside, therefore the decision to dismiss was unfair.”CHILDCARE WORKER ‘SCAPE-GOATED’ OVER TODDLER INCIDENT WINS TRIBUNAL CASE was last modified: July 11th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Childcare WorkerLAURA JOHNSTONtribunalwinlast_img read more