STORIES OF HOPE
NORFIL FOUNDATION’s COMMUNITY-BASED REHABILITATION PROGRAM continues to provide hope for many parents of children and youth with disabilities. Through the CBR Program, they found a helping hand to care for, guide and lead their children.
Here’s the story of Nanay Emma and her child Jonalyn.
Jonalyn is a nine-year old girl with cerebral palsy -- a neurological condition that affects body movements and muscle coordination.
Upon seeing Jonalyn, you will immediately notice her deformed posture and her skinny arms and legs which would have mixed sudden movements and reflexes. Her muscles would sometimes tighten really hard, as if controlling extreme anger.
But Jonalyn does not appear to be an angry child. In fact, you will be amazed at how cheerful and friendly she is, smiling almost the whole time you are with her.
This was far from the old Jonalyn that her single mother, Nanay Emma, described. Nanay Emma said that Jonalyn used to be a lonely and downhearted child. She was also very afraid of seeing other people.
Nanay Emma said that NORFIL Foundation helped transform Jonalyn into the happy and cheerful child that she is now. Aside from arranging a free check-up with a neurologist and giving Jonalyn a free wheelchair, NORFIL Foundation’s social workers provided activities that exposed Jonalyn to a welcoming and caring environment. Nanay Emma was also given training on how to handle and care for children with disabilities. Her training also included basic physical therapy exercises that she can help Jonalyn do at home to help improve her posture and motor skills.
Life for children with cerebral palsy and their families may be difficult. But with proper interventions, we can help ease their difficulties and give them a chance to have a better and happier life.
NORFIL Foundation aims to make a difference in the lives of children like Jonalyn. Join us in helping children with disabilities, especially in areas where there is no access to needed intervention. For information on how you can help, please call 372.3577 to 79 loc. 17 or 20.
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