They began exercises to strengthen Umesha’s muscles and improve her coordination: “I finally felt that I could begin to hope. I began to think that she would be able to get an education and live a normal life,” said Ajitha. She saw a vast difference in Umesha’s progress.
Even so, Umesha had trouble keeping her feet flat on the ground. So ChildFund helped the family obtain a special pair of shoes that cost US$104. The shoes, made to the clinic doctor’s specifications, help to shape Umesha’s feet, so she will gradually be able to walk normally.
Anoma visits Ajitha’s home at least twice a week to check on Umesha and help with exercises. ChildFund also provides transport for routine visits to the clinic.
“The support has gone a long way toward improving Umesha’s condition,” says Ajitha.
Through the CBR project, ChildFund builds caregivers’ understanding of their children`s disabilities by giving them access to diagnostic services, treatment counselling and government-funded support services. With greater knowledge of their children`s limitations – and possibilities – families can better care for their children and help them to lead fuller, more meaningful lives as active members of their communities.