It is always important to remember how blessed we are, and ICC has truly been blessed to be part of the lives of so many wonderful children, and to connect with more and more families who are committed to raising a child with a disability.
In this issue, you will read about a fun-loving little girl and her dedicated grandmother who live together in a tiny apartment in Changsha. I first met them a couple of years ago, as we trudged up the four flights of stairs to their home.
Lele is an outgoing 14-year old who lives with her grandmother on the 4th floor of an old building in Changsha. Lele has cerebral palsy. When she was born, doctors encouraged Lele’s parents to abandon her. She was not expected to live past the age of three.
The social welfare department in the city of Hengyang has requested that ICC’s care centre go on lockdown effective today. While there is no indication that Covid-19 presents a health risk at the centre, the officials want to be extra safe, since a welfare centre in neighbouring Hubei province (epicentre of the virus) saw an outbreak last week.
I am sure you are all following the developments in China, and are aware that the number of new cases of the coronavirus continues to climb. I want to assure you that all necessary steps have been taken to ensure the safety of the young people in our care and our staff.