Sylvia’s Day Centres for Severely Disabled Children
soon to be replaced by the new
Education & Therapy Centre
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Disabilities are common among children in the area where Sylvia works
They include Cystic Fibrosis, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Downs Syndrome and many more.
Sylvia currently runs two day centres, each looking after 40 children and each having 5 staff. Sylvia says: “The children come from very deprived backgrounds and have no other opportunity to develop and learn.” No charge at all is made to the families of the children. There is a short but most informative and moving video on YouTube:
enter - Sylvia Wright Ray of Hope - or CLICK HERE
The two centres are borrowed, rent free; they are simple, old and limited.
One centre is a church hall (see photo above) and the other is an outbuilding at a college. Play and learning materials are provided as well as some very basic physiotherapy equipment.
The centres are open 5 days a week. The children are transported from their villages, using whatever transport is available, with a number of the children needing wheelchairs. Supporters in Yorkshire have in 2014 provided the funds to buy this new bus for the children to get them safely to and from their homes in scattered villages.
The day is carefully structured and gives the children whatever education they can manage and a great deal of care, play and social interaction.
Lunch is provided free by a local supporter and a simple uniform is provided.
To read a magazine from one of Sylvia's two Day Centres in 2013 Please click this link.
A physiotherapist shuttles between the two centres.
The results are astonishing. The children’s disabilities are distressing and confining. At home, the children are often kept indoors and restrained while their parents go out to work, if they can find it.
At the centres, activities are carefully organised and each child’s progress, however small, is very carefully monitored and recorded.
The children make real progress in their learning and social interaction
The standard of care is remarkable and the staff are kind and dedicated.
Parents get some much needed respite and are offered guidance on caring for their child at home. In return, they often help in the centres when they can and are astonished and delighted at how much progress the children can make. The results are truly humbling!
The staff in all Sylvia’s projects contribute 1% of their salaries. All other costs are met by the Sylvia Wright Trust in the UK.
A wonderful, new Education & Therapy Centre in 2016
After long deliberations and fund-raising, a new day centre is currently being built for the disabled children in Sylvia’s care. Building started in January and is scheduled to be completed by the end of March 2017. The Centre, in the grounds of the school, will accommodate 100 children with a range of disabilities including cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis and other mental and physical difficulties. It is being designed to provide space, light and colour and a stimulating environment. There will be 9 classrooms (some with sensory, music and art facilities) and also a
physiotherapy room. Each classroom will have:
- its own toilet
- shower facilities
- outside play area.
There will also be a small therapy pool – a wonderful facility for disabled children.
The Centre is being championed by Miss Lee Morgan, an osteopath
from San Francisco, who has been raising money in the USA and has been
working on its design. Lee has been visiting India for more than a decade to work with local children. Tereza Heckenberger from Munich has also joined the team. She is an expert in methods of rehabilitation and education of disabled children.
Tereza Heckenberger & Lee Morgan
Specific UK donations are also supporting the project, topped up by a legacy. Several West Yorkshire Rotary Clubs are planning to fund equipment. It will be a marvellous service to the children and their families in the absence of any other worthwhile provision for their care, development, dignity and happiness.
Please contact Angela Clark (tel: 0113 26677 660) if you would like to sponsor one of these children. Their education and care costs about £10 per month, truly amazing value for what is achieved. The costs for a deaf child at Sylvia’s boarding school are higher (about £40 pm). Again, their achievements far outweigh their costs. Sponsors give what they can afford.