Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Home of Hope: part 2
24/6/2015 (By Nicole McGrath)

Yesterday concluded the time that Ken and I have spent at the Home of Hope. It has been our second home for the past 6 weeks, and we look forward to what God has in store for its future!
Here is a summary of what we have been up to, as well as some changes that were made this time around:
Reorienting the swings, now all the children are able to access them safely!

A therapy shelf and 3 bedroom shelves:

Footplates on the standing frames and wheelchairs, now the children can be in a better position.

Fixing of equipment, and modification of others. A base, some pressure tubing and some angle was added to this bucket seat for Faith, who is 18 years old and has cerebral palsy. Due to limited resources, this is the best seat she can be offered:

  Installing the swing on the verandah. Henry was particularly happy about this one!

Organisation of the new equipment in the therapy room (...well it looked like this
for at least 10 minutes!)

 Individual programs:

 Modelling of group programs:

In consultation with the OT, creation of individual programs to be hung on the wall around the home. Volunteers can now come and be a part of the therapy by reading about each child's goals and some activities that would help in their development. This one I'm particularly excited about, and looking forward to hearing how it goes with the team that comes on Friday!

Education talks to the staff on feeding, spasticity management and manual handling.

Hygiene matters:
We have had Em with us from Australia who is a nurse/midwife. She has been helping out with reinforcing the importance of hygiene for the children's safety and quality of life. She completed
a talk to the staff about hygiene matters, as well as demonstrating a nappy fold which would last a bit longer and prevent leakage.

Em will be continuing on with what we started for another week, as well as the women's health program, 'Wise choices for life' that she has been running with the young ladies at YSU and the youth at the Village of Hope. (To find out more:

Please continue to keep Home of Hope in your prayers, and pray for God's protection and strength over Edith, who is doing an amazing job giving a life to these children who would otherwise not have one.
God bless.

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