My 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)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Drastic measure Re: “The birthright fight” (Editorial, Dec. 29): We have probably thousands, maybe millions, of people living in the U.S. who cannot speak English. Many of them have been born here to illegal immigrants. Isn’t it really ridiculous to condone someone coming into this country illegally, allowing them to remain, have children, and be supported by working people like me? How do you think I feel when I ride the MTA every day to work and back and see women with a bunch of kids, all speaking a foreign language, enjoying the educational, social, recreation and economic benefits for breaking the law? I am sorry to disagree with the Daily News, but drastic measures have to be taken to curb the current immigration problems. – Michael Rives Los Angeles Mayor photo op Re: “The birthright fight” (Editorial, Dec. 29): This editorial wants us to believe that according to Section 1 of the 14th Amendment anyone born in the United States is automatically a citizen. This amendment was enacted to grant citizenship to former slaves. The Supreme Court (Slaughter House Cases, 1873) ruled that the phrase “subject to the jurisdiction thereof” was intended to exclude ministers, consuls and citizens or subjects of foreign states born within the United States. Section 5 gives Congress the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of the 14th Amendment. H.R. 698, the Citizenship Reform Act of 2005, is now being considered in the House of Representatives to deny automatic citizenship to children of illegals. – Dominick Odorizzi Northridge Re: “Mayor: Recycle your trees” (Dec. 30): Is there one duty or goodwill gesture that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa can perform without posing for a publicity picture? First it was potholes, now recycling Christmas trees. Not only do we have to see these photo ops, but now we have the written story of how he had on a “working shirt and gloves” to perform the task. How about a mayor that really gets things done and not one that just smiles for the camera? – Pamela Franklin Granada Hills Government pride Re: “Patching No. 80,173” (Dec. 28): What’s with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and his pothole program? He just stopped it when it was getting good. The program filled 80,173 potholes for only $450,000. There are another half million throughout the 470 square miles of Los Angeles, and it apparently costs only $5.61 per pothole to fix. The regular pothole program suffers from the lack of political will to get Street Services workers to find potholes on their own. They just drive by 100 potholes to fill the one they are assigned to fill. Where has pride gone in Los Angeles city government? – Carl Olson Woodland Hills Has to spy When national security is at stake the president has to spy, even if he is breaking the law and may suffer the consequences. Since 1973, the Democratic Party has endorsed and approved immoral behavior to prevail, all in the name of “rights.” Why did President Nixon have to keep an eye on the Democrats? Scanning is sometimes necessary to protect American liberties. Every institution knows something about its clients. Combining them, everything is known about people. What is there to hide? – John J. Curti Tarzana No justification Regarding Thomas Sowell’s Dec. 15 article about the media getting war stories backward: He asks if there’s anything about our casualty rates during this Iraq war that makes them more severe than other wars. My answer is, yes. The main distinction is this was was started on lies and distortion. We were not attacked as in World War II. Therefore, any death or wounded American soldier is more severe. Why are they dying over there? Sowell cites, by pure numbers, we’ve lost fewer troops than other wars. That’s not justification for current deaths. – Cliff Bigler Canyon Country 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!