A local non-government organization under the banner “My Heart Appeal Incorporated has observed its 5th anniversary for children living with Down Syndrome in Liberia.
The local NGO says March 21 each year is celebrated globally as World Down Syndrome Day, where the voices of people with sickness, and those who work and live with them, grow louder.
The organization was founded in the American State of Maryland in 1996 as a non-profit institution to meet the special education and training needs of people with disabilities.
Speaking at the official celebration on Tuesday, March 21, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Madam Lovetie Major said, the organization was inaugurated in 2001 and has since defined its target population as the mild, moderate or severe intellectually disabled.
MHA is now incorporated in Liberia with future plan to extend to other West African countries as well. It looks forward to laying a solid foundation in the sub-region.
The celebration, which was held at the Christ The King Catholic Church in Gaye Town, Old Road, brought together officials of from the Ministries of Education, Gender, and Health, respectively, including parents and children face with Down Syndrome and other forms of disabilities.
CEO Major said key objectives of the celebration include generating funds to support the mission of My Heart’s Appeal Incorporated, providing a safe campus in Liberia, to give teens and adults in West Africa with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to get training in order to become productive as well as training programs for teachers and assistants to work effectively with them.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”, she noted.
She said her passion grew and was extended so that other individuals could have chance to learn without discrimination either on the basis of sex, culture or religion, saying “It is the belief of this corporation that all individuals deserve the inherent and socio-political rights to all the privileges enjoy by those we call normal people.”
By Lewis S. Teh-Editing by Jonathan Browne