PARENTAL BONDING
Parental Bonding is a high-impact program designed to tackle the pre-existing problems that had led parents to give up their children in the first place. The primary focus is on children with disabilities from birth to 5 years. This program seeks to analyse how hardship, physical and other societal barriers prevent children with disabilities the right to parental love, freedom and human dignity. Hardship and other barriers led to early neglect and a surge in orphanage babies. It is within this context that Dream Aid Global seeks to address the following questions:

(a). What are the long term effects of neglect, parental inconsistency and a lack of love in the life of children?
(b). what barriers do young children with disabilities and their parents face when accessing services and how does this affect development and family life?
(c). what is the extent of inequities and unfulfilled rights of children with disabilities?
(d). What are strategic opportunities for further progress towards the fulfillment of the rights of all children with disabilities?

Dream Aid Global aims to establish opportunities and practices that could be used to address these questions to enhance participation of children with disabilities in societies and this requires an annual budget of US $ 46,000.


Dream Aid Global acknowledge the support of babies and their parents in the first two years of life to be a crucial aim of public health groups in the community, and that revealing the realities and drawing attention to the life situation of children with disabilities is the first step to lay the foundation for the establishment of strategic plans and effective services and support to children with disabilities in South Africa.

CHALLENGE

Parents of children with disabilities in the informal settlements in South Africa are among the most neglected groups in the policy domain as well as in the private sphere. Many of the parents do not have access to the most basic needs such as health services and education. They experience multiple deprivations of easy-to-use resources for parents and caregivers to utilise in navigating public and private sector services. These barriers are invisible in national policy agenda. The majority of the parents of the children face enormous economic, political, and social barriers that have an adverse impact that let them to give up their disabled children for adoption. This highlights the importance of supporting parents and babies in their crucial early years. Neglect is awful for the development of child’s brain. Parental inconsistency and a lack of love can lead to long-term mental health problems as well as to reduced overall potential and happiness. Without someone who is a reliable source of attention, affection and stimulation, the wiring of the brain goes awry. The result can be long-term mental and emotional problems.

Babies come into the world expecting someone to take care of them and invest in them, and then they form this bond with this caregiver. But for many orphanage homes, there isn't even a person to take them out of the crib. Now what happens is that they are staring at white ceilings, or no one is talking to them, or no one is soothing them when they get upset. Eventually areas of the brain involved in vision and language and emotion don't get wired correctly.

SOLUTION

This project seeks to encourage and advise families of children with disabilities to have faith and accept their situation. In doing so, we will equip them with a support network and as much information as possible, and to remember that their children with disabilities is a child and needs love and parenting just like all children. By encouraging and providing support to the families of children with disabilities, it will enhance their social standing and economic independence. Dealing with challenges in a supportive environment will also help to build and reinforce a parent-child relationship which every child should experience and enjoy.

We have developed the following mechanisms with strong potential to support families of children with disabilities.

(a). Early Identification and Intervention.
(b). ECD Practitioner Plan for families of children with disabilities.
(c). Timeous access to easy-to-use resources for parents and caregivers to utilize in navigating public and private sector services such that children with disabilities will, as they near compulsory school-going age, better access their right to an education.
(d). Support for families to solve common problems in providing good care for young children.
(e). Access to physical therapy and counselling.
(f). Extension of inclusive services that address discriminatory attitudes.
(g). Monitoring and evaluation framework.

We will be going into the hard places and closely walking with the community’s most vulnerable people and providing direct response to the identified families.

We are currently responding to some of the families of children with disabilities. Our first phase of response includes providing assistive devices such as:

Wheelchairs.
Scooters.
Assistive technology for children with Down Syndrome
Useful instructional tools for children with hearing impairments.

The organization expects to expand its response to up to 200 families of children with disabilities who are in urgent need but we can’t achieve this goal without your support.

With your tremendous support, we change the world for children through this innovative program. Donate today and make an enormous difference in our children’s lives.


LONG TERM IMPACT

It is no empty sentiment that baby’s brains need love more than anything else. Role of loving nurture in the emotional, social and cognitive development of children is powerful. Parenting is therefore more important than we could ever have imagined. Parents do a lot more than make sure a child has food and shelter. They play a critical role in brain development.

Infancy is a crucial time for brain development. It is vital that babies and their parents are supported during this time to promote attachment. Without a good initial bond, children are less likely to grow up to become happy, independent and resilient adults. If positive experiences do not happen, the pathways needed for normal human experiences may be lost.

We are taking this initiative to address the importance of early bonding on the long-term mental health and resilience of children and by so doing it hopes to encourage greater commitment and make the situation of children with disabilities more visible, so that parents, community leaders, as well as child rights activists and their organizations, commit themselves to better protecting and promoting the rights of children with disabilities.

Thank you for considering a donation to help keep special needs children and family together.

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