SPECIAL NEWS | New Life in ICC Changsha Care Centre
There is new life that has come into Changsha Care Centre, with the addition of 28 precious lives to Senyu Home and Enquan Yuan.
During the summer, we received 10 children into Senyu Home. Within the community-based group homes, they are learning what it is to be a family. They are learning how to work together to care for each other. They are receiving love and support from the staff as they guide them in family life. These ten young people have a variety of disabilities including visual impairment, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy. They are all enrolled in the Changsha Special Education School. Since ICC has a vehicle, we can drive them to the school, which is over the other side of the city.
The government welfare centre wasn’t sure how they would get the children to school as they don’t have a vehicle, but ICC has been able to fill the gap. We also have a dedicated staff member who attends school with them and assists some of the younger ones to get around. After school, one of our teachers helps them with their homework and learning comprehension.
Enquan Yuan, the group home for children with moderate to severe disabilities, is a very happy place to visit with 18 children joining us in the last quarter of 2019. The government welfare centre recently expressed their praise of the work of ICC. They acknowledged that ICC’s strengths lie in having strong therapy and education services along with higher staffing levels than they can provide.
As well as the 28 young people who have been transferred into our care this year, we have also served other children who are still with the care of the government welfare centre. Monday through Friday, a group of children have been participating in ICC’s day activities programme. While they are with us, we provide them with three meals a day along with snacks. These children mostly have cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities. They each received an assessment by a multi-disciplinary team to better understand their needs, and personal goals were put in place. They have been able to receive therapy, special education, Circle Time and some much needed one-to-one attention.
Even though they only attend five days a week, we have seen these children gain weight, have an enhanced understanding of what is being said to them and increased participation levels.
Jinxiu joined Enquan Yuan after initially being part of ICC’s day activities programme that started in July. She was then transferred into the care of ICC. Even in this short space of time, she has made significant progress. When she first joined the programme, she was very quiet and didn’t express emotion. Today she would be described as a very happy girl who is able to respond to her caregivers. She is receiving therapy and special education. With therapy, she has improved balance and leg strength and rewards her hard-working therapists with her beautiful smile.
We look forward to seeing how Jinxiu continues to develop with the love, support and specialist services she is receiving as part of the Enquan Yuan family.
Lu is 13 years old and is one of the oldest boys to join the Senyu family. He is a big brother to the younger boys. He is able to lead the younger ones and help them follow the routine. They are learning about life in a family, and that there are chores that need to be done to keep the house running well. Since joining Senyu Home, Lu has developed a love of cooking and is often found in the kitchen alongside his caregiver learning how to cook different dishes. Lu was chosen by his school to be part of the running team. He trains twice a week after school and is fast. He recently won his races at the school sports day.
We are delighted to have these 28 young people in the care of ICC and to be able to provide them all with love, hope and opportunity.