Our children are either blind or suffer from severely impaired vision. Additionally, many of them are to some degree autistic. Many have pronounced fears, some don’t speak at all or very little, some don’t engage with others or deal with movement disabilities. In some of the children we observe very quick progress in their development when they join the day care, for others this process is much slower.
With each one of these children you can literally see and feel how their day lightens up when they get to the day care. We witness how they feel at home and flourish in this environment. They know they are cared for, can play, be around other children.
Most of the children come here every day, that is to say they are dropped off by their parents. For some parents this is very difficult, they either have their own struggles or just can’t afford the journey.
In 2015, we would like to alleviate this journey by covering some of the public transport costs for a few of the children (e.g. Naomi’s mother has to pay 5 Euro for the bus for the two of them. If she wanted to do this daily, the travel costs alone would amount to almost half her monthly income). As a next step, we would like to be able to offer a shuttle service.
Almost every day we can celebrate small or big achievements:
- Sebastian has overcome is fear of the bathroom. He doesn’t need his diapers anymore.
- David is learning the names of objects – table, chair, plate. He has started to react when you call his name, and sometimes he now briefly looks you in the eyes
- Christina and Sebastian know whole songs by heart and play them on the piano
- Diana can tap the rhythm of one song
- Naomi is starting to learn braille, using an old (German) braille textbook
- Alexandru can spend hours on the trampolin and cheer with joy
- Raoul now eats with the others and has finally put on some weight