My Heart’s Appeal INC., a local non-governmental organization has hosted a fair for children face with disabilities, including Down Syndrome and other sicknesses to gather and have fun under the code-name “Big Mom Care.”
Founder and executive director Madam Lovetie Major told The NewDawn over the weekend the children fair is set aside for every last Saturday, each month to allow kids with deformities come together and share fun as well as release stress from their parents.
The humanitarian activist also said the fair is to give parents chance to rest, noting that often, parents are not able to take care of these children. “What prompts me to get involved in this initiative, I had a sister, who had Down syndrome and needed somebody to take care of her, and at that time I was the only person who was showing concern, it is against this backdrop that I developed interest in catering to kids with disabilities”, she narrated.
My Heart’s Appeal works with kids from 14 years to adulthood, but CEO Lovetie said not only taking care of Down syndrome children, but kids with other disabilities. According to her, Down syndrome disease comes about when the eggs are formed in a female, because every human being must have 46 chromosomes, if you have 47, which means you’re faced with Down syndrome.
She said the recent observance of Down Syndrome Day in Liberia is to showcase talents of kids in this category, because the theme of the celebration was enabling children with Down syndrome to be included in the society, adding that theme was chosen to allow the general public to participate in matters confronting the society, adding these kinds of children can be productive, if only they are given the chance to be in the society.
By Lewis S. Teh-Editing by Jonathan Browne