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Centre for the Advancement of the Handicapped (93279)

UPDATE March 2013: The home-based therapy department, through outreach events and visits to health clinics in our province, discovered 214 new cases.

We have begun a new pilot program to form partnerships with local associations of people with disabilities. We have signed partnership contracts with two associations and have aided in the creation of a third.

We were blessed by the visit of a Swiss Physical Therapist named Christine Sommer. She gave lots of time and energy to training and working with our team during her six weeks.

For the second year in a row, all of our sixth-grade students passed the Certificate exams.

The pastor has been busy with three or four house calls every week. He has good success in sharing the Gospel with our clients and their families and several have accepted Christ!

In conjunction with teams from France and the USA, we held a summer camp for the blind children.

We have been investing in training of our Nigerian staff. Our Associate Director achieved his degree, plus team members took part in the first "West Africa Region Conference on Community Based Rehabilitation" in Ouagadougou.


     
  A Burkinabe girl in a wheelchair  
     

In 1989, Françoise Pedeau, a nurse and midwife, decided to borrow a wheelchair to help a disabled child named Moussa. But after seeing the profound change in the child’s life, Françoise knew that much more must be done. Soon the Centre for the Advancement of the Handicapped (CAH) was launched in Mahadaga, Burkina Faso.

Today, more than 20 years later, Handicapés en Avant provides medical treatment, post-surgery care, physiotherapy and specialty equipment to handicapped children and adults. A school on the property provides quality education for the deaf and blind. In addition, vocational and life skills training enables these children to gain independence.

Not only has tremendous expansion occurred in the last 20 years, the Centre has also physically, emotionally and spiritually transformed the lives of thousands of children and their families.

Thank you for your faithful partnership with SIM to make ministries such as this one thrive. We could not do it without you!

The Silent Crisis from Taylor Martyn.

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