Cere­bral Palsy As­so­ci­a­tion ben­e­fits from Ger­man Small Grant Fund­ing

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the Dun­na­tor School, set to open in Septem­ber 2015.

The Cere­bral Palsy As­so­ci­a­tion (CPA) was formed to as­sist and ad­vo­cate for peo­ple af­fected by cere­bral palsy and to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion to the public about this life-long con­di­tion. Cere­bral palsy is caused by dam­age to the mo­tor con­trol cen­tre of the brain and as a re­sult af­fects con­trol of mus­cles. The brain dam­age that leads to cere­bral palsy can hap­pen be­fore birth, dur­ing birth, within a month af­ter birth, or dur­ing the first years of a child’s life, while the brain is still de­vel­op­ing.

When cere­bral palsy is re­lated to ge­net­ics, it is not pre­ventable and in many cases, the cause or causes of con­gen­i­tal cere­bral palsy aren’t fully known. Cere­bral palsy can also be caused by lack of oxy­gen dur­ing the birth process or by in­fec­tion or in­jury af­fect­ing the mother dur­ing the preg­nancy or the in­fant af­ter birth. There are ac­tions peo­ple can take be­fore and dur­ing a preg­nancy, as well as af­ter birth that might help re­duce the risk of de­vel­op­men­tal prob­lems, in­clud­ing cere­bral palsy.

There can be a level of nor­malcy for chil­dren af­fected by cere­bral palsy with early recog­ni­tion of this con­di­tion and with the right ther­apy and in­ter­ven­tion.

The Cere­bral Palsy As­so­ci­a­tion was reg­is­tered with the Min­istry of So­cial Trans­for­ma­tion in May 2012. The As­so­ci­a­tion cur­rently has a mem­ber­ship of 45 chil­dren of ages 1 year to 24 years. For more in­for­ma­tion about the Cere­bral Palsy As­so­ci­a­tion, visit http://cpastlu­cia.org or email info@cpastlu­cia.org

The Small Grants Scheme of the Ger­man Em­bassy - as part of the tech­ni­cal co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the Fed­eral Re­pub­lic of Ger­many and part­ner coun­tries - was first in­tro­duced in 1980 to give Ger­man mis­sions abroad the abil­ity to as­sist com­mu­ni­ties which re­quire small amounts of fi­nan­cial aid in ini­ti­at­ing “hands-on” projects that as­sist in im­prov­ing the so­cial and eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion. El­i­gi­ble groups can be gov­ern­men­tal or non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions, co­op­er­a­tives or as­so­ci­a­tions, etc. The re­cip­i­ent part­ner has to ac­tively con­trib­ute ei­ther by pro­vid­ing labour, train­ing fa­cil­i­ties and/or train­ers. For more in­for­ma­tion, vis­ithttp://www.portof-spain.di­plo.de

From left to right Mrs Karolin Trou­bet­zkoy, Ger­man Honorary Con­sul, Mrs Daria Robin­son Ernest, Pres­i­dent CPA, Miss Romona David, School Ad­min­is­tra­tor and Miss Diane Leonce, Vice Pres­i­dent CPA.

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