Eastern Welfare Association For Disabled
EASTERN WELFARE ASSOCIATION
SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOL
ROYAL ROAD BEAU CHAMP
EMAIL ADDRESS : ewad firstname.lastname@example.org
Eastern Welfare Association for Disabled(EWAD) is an NGO that was founded in the year 1996 in a rental building at Bel Air Riviere Seche. The location was chosen because of its ease of accessibility for the member parents and their children.
In 2004, the association was registered by the Ministry of Education , after which it started operating as a specialized school and a day care centre. The specialized school caters to children between 3 to 16 years of age, while the specialized day care centre provides vocational training facilities to adults between 17 to 25 years of age.
The Aims and Objectives of Our Association are as follows:
- To promote social and professional skills among the disabled children through educational, socio-cultural, sports, games, and recreational activities. The aim of all of these activities is to facilitate their integration in society by becoming self-reliant and autonomous. Along the way, we want to facilitate them in learning a job through relevant training to facilitate their integration in the world of work, which eventually will pave their way for economic self- reliance.
- Carrying out visits to disabled children at their residence for providing them with occupational therapy and physiotherapy. Imparting education and training to the parents on how to take care to their children while administrating drugs, diet, hygiene protection etc.
- Ensuring the mandatory attendance in the Special Needs School/Day Care Centers of all children with a disability.
As of today, the actions of the association are as follows:
- Operating a Special Needs School for children and a work shop for young adults. The association has 7 specialized teachers, 4 instructors for training, one caretaker and one gardener.
- Regular monthly meetings of members and parents for problem sharing, mutual support and management of the day care centre for the disabled children.
- Operation of the school for 72 disabled children and a workshop for 32 young adults.
- Subsidized means of transport for conveyance of disabled children to and from their respective places of residence.
- Free lunch once a week for the disabled children and adults.
- Providing uniforms and shoes to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them.
The following are the achievements of EWAD to date:
- Free admission of disabled children aged 15 years and above, where and if so desired by the parents .
- Children posted to Mauritius Institute of Training and Development (MITD) to learn a job.
- Referral and close follow up of mature adolescents and young adults from the Day Care Centre into the world of work.
- A Mini Bus offered to the children by the Ministry of Women’s Child Development and Family Welfare.
- Participation of the Association’s children and young adults in numerous sport activities , including the Word Games.
The Association’s Future Plans are as follows:
- To allocate an occupational therapist for the benefit of the disabled children, who will handle children with all categories of disabilities.
- Employing a physiotherapist for the physically handicapped persons.
- Establishing a market shop for facilitating the disabled people to sell their products and to sustain themselves economically.
- Establishing a shelter for the disabled children to live in the future in case their responsible parties and parents are not there to take care of them.