By: Antoinette Sendolo
People with disabilities in Liberia are faced with several lives’ challenges and kids at the Antoinette Tubman Chirshine Home are of no exception.
In an effort to improve the lives of kids with disabilities, the Monica Manley Charity Organization in collaboration with the Courage Foundation based in Minnesota, has donated several items to the Antoinette Tubman Chirshine Home.
Items donated by the Monica Manley Charity Organization in collaboration with the Courage Foundation were tissues, towels, creams, and soap amongst others.
The Courage Foundation is a non-governmental organization which was created and inspired by the personal experience of Zoe Lois Karnga who has a daughter who is visually impaired.
The mission of the Foundation is to promote and facilitate activities and initiatives aimed at protecting the rights of kids with disabilities.
According to the founder of the Courage Foundation, Madam Zoe Lois Karnga, the Foundation was established in order to help kids with disabilities feel a part of the society and ensure that their rights be protected.
Madam Karnga has encouraged mothers who have kids with disabilities to show their kids love and not let them feel left out.
She said kids with disabilities are gifts from God and therefore they should be treated as such, something which she said will help disabled kids have self-confidence to explore their God-given talents.
Meanwhile, care takers at the Antoinette Tubman Chirshine Home have named the lack of funding as one of their major challenges at the home.
According to them, kids at the home are not receiving the needed care because of lack of sufficient funds and this is causing a serious problem for them in caring for the kids.
They also complained that the government has no interest in kids with disabilities so, they are therefore, calling on the government and other humanitarian organizations to help kids at the Antoinette Tubman Chirshire Home.
The Antoinette Tubman Chirshine Home, which is located on 10th Street Sinkor is currently caring for and also providing academic training for several disabled kids most of whom have brain damage.
Liberia is signatory to documents that protect the rights of persons with disabilities. Amongst them is the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which is an international human rights instrument of the United Nations intended to protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities.
Despite this agreement persons with disabilities in Liberia are still faced with several lives’ challenges.