Under the guidance of locally based charity - Touch Ireland, a non-profit making organisation who takes care of vulnerable children in our world, we will be funding the building work for the Treasure Centre Block 2 School in Bamenda, North West Province, Cameroon in Africa
Building work is due to start early November 2007 and will hopefully be finished by April 2008. The 26,000 euro project will consist of a library, school rooms, clinic, children's resting rooms, counselling centre, kitchens, nurse's quarters, teachers housing and washing and eating facilities for the children. Sr. Kathleen O'Brien who is a member of the Missionary of Sisters of the Holy Rosary who is based in Cameroon, will manage the project where she then hopes to accommodate up to 80 children & young adults daily with education and medical care.
Children with physical and intellectual disabilities in Africa endure horrible conditions. As usual, the traditional beliefs of all sections of society are the source of good and bad things alike. For disabled children transitional norms have wreaked havoc over them. There are all sorts of beliefs and myths about disabled children. For years there has been no initiative to provide these children with solutions to alleviate their suffering. Nothing has been done to sensitize the community either about the rights of disabled children or their care. Disabled children are unfairly treated. Those who are not mobile are kept indoors and the local community calls those who venture out all sorts of names.
Sr. Kathleen O'Brien urgently needs the building of this Treasure Centre so that she can attract and retain trained staff and supply necessary back-up support to the children that require educational and medical help. Up until now the centre has operated in a one-roomed rented premises since 2002, the one room been a veranda, which is open to all weather conditions. This arrangement as you can imagine is absolutely unsuitable to cater for the needs of these children.
Dear Michael and Claire at ISS Recruitment Ireland
So sorry for that rushed email last evening. First of all I live in a village 17km from nearest internet and as it was getting late I was anxious to get home before dark.
Well this is just wonderful news for us here in Cameroon. How very happy and deeply grateful we are to have you as part of this project, in aid of very vulnerable children with intellectual disabilities.
You have made it possible for us to begin construction of block 2 as soon as the rains finish, October ending. Your tremendous gesture of giving us 26.000 euro leaves us deeply indebted to ISS Recruitment. I hope you will be able to join us on opening day, maybe mid 2008. A plaque bearing ISS will be displayed on the block. So Michael and Claire and all concerned with this project we thank you once again and wish you God's protection and blessing always. All this on behalf of all the children and young adults with intellectual disabilities who will pass through this Treasure Centre thanks to you.
Greetings to Seamus from Touch Ireland - to whom we are deeply indebted also.
Management & staff at ISS Recruitment wishes to thank you once again for your continued support in our services throughout the last 7 years and for helping to make such a worthy cause happen for these children in our world who need help from everyone!
Annual Sponsored dog race in support of Enable Ireland
Claire Farrell at the launching of the school magazine St. Patricks Community College in Naas. ISS Recruitment are the proud sponsors of this event every year.