CDGC receives 20 foot container of donated paediatric equipment
The Child Development and Guidance Centre, (CDGC) was established in 1998. It is a registered non-profit organization in St. Lucia. Its mission is to provide early health care intervention to assist children with developmental delays to develop to their fullest potential.
This is achieved by investing in early diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and family counselling thereby enhancing access to education. These services are offered to children from birth to the age of sixteen years by a multi-disciplinary team comprising a paediatrician, a psychologist and therapists including speech and language therapy (SLT), physiotherapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT). It is the only facility that provides this comprehensive service for St. Lucian children.
In the last 15 years, over 1,250 children have been assessed and have received some form of therapy. Specific diagnoses include: cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder, Down’s syndrome, perinatal asphyxia, gross motor problems, sensory processing problems, cognitive delay and many others. However, there are many children who are not referred or who do not access the health care services that are needed for them to reach their full potential.
In November of 2014, a paediatric physiotherapist and former volunteer at CDGC, Judy Fullerton, returned to St Lucia on vacation. Over the last year she had very graciously collected gently-used donated equipment, toys, books and other items from all over the UK. She had also raised funds to purchase a 20 foot container, fill it with all these donated items and ship it to St. Lucia. With the help of the Ministry of Education, duties and taxes were waived. To date 20 children have been provided with specialised chairs, standing frames, walkers and strollers.
The CDGC, as well as the disabled children and their families, is very grateful for this donation which will greatly improve the lives of the children and enable them to make further progress in their development.
Judy Fullerton volunteers
Khalil all smiles thanks to
the CDGC assitance.