Here, we are keeping a record of key events of the journey
Treloars School near Alton, Hants. The Treloars Trust provides education, therapy, medical support and independence training to young people with physical disabilities. The children had highly trained 1:1 carers and individual learning plans which were supported by excellent resources and facilities. This is something we MUST aspire to.
Imagine our excitement when we saw our land for the first time - before that we had only seen maps and pictures!
We arrived in Bohol on Wednesday 2nd April 2014. In the afternoon we took the short journey from our hotel to our land in the Barangay of San Isidro.
On April 5th 2014 we paid a short visit to Arms of Love orphanage just outside Tagbilaran, Bohol. We were made very welcome and given a short tour of the site. One of the staff gave us very helpful advice on setting up a work with children in the Philippines. Thank you!
14th April, 2014. After returning to Manila from Bohol, I was accompanied by Jifelane's brother Jimmy to visit the Chosen Children Village, Cavite. This NGO work has been established for over 25 years, caring for orphaned children and young adults with Cerebral Palsy. Seeing their facilities gave me some clear ideas of what we might achieve in Bohol.
On July 20th I paid a brief visit to the London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy. It was a 'reccy' to learn about the kind of facilities and programs we will need. I was made very welcome and hope to develop a partnership as Shekinah grows and develops.
The title to our land FINALLY arrives.
We had a wonderful welcome at the Philippines Cerebral Palsy Inc. headquarters in Makati, Manila.
We talked practicalities, vision and potential partnership.
In Panglao, Bohol we visited our land again. A discussion about 'right of way' was needed as our land does not have direct access to a Barangay (neighbourhood) road. We met one of our neighbours and the slow process of sorting 'right of way' has started. As you can see the Caribou has destroyed the fencing!
The fence is now restored!
We're excited to finally have our site live and ready to share our passion with the world!
We're planning to reach out to children with Cerebral Palsy and their families on the island of Bohol, Philippines. We would love to build a support centre to provide physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, basic clinical care and most of all fun and relaxation for the children and their families.
After much consideration, prayer and discussion, we're going back to our original plan of launching a charity 'Shekinah Cerebral Palsy Support'.
The good news is that the Governing Document for our CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) is already written
So the next steps are...
Could you partner with us?
We are now partners with Cerebral Palsy Epiliepsy Family Support Group and are planning a Seminar in Bohol at the end of 2019.
We are raising funds to help make this seminar happen and you can DONATE via our Just Giving page.
More details to follow!
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