In countries such as Jamaica, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Zimbabwe, children with disabilities are routinely abandoned.
The aim of Mustard Seed Communities is to provide these children with a safe and healthy place to live where they can have care and therapy, and strive to ensure no individual is abandoned twice.
Projects in 2019
Therapy is a key component of caring for children with disabilities. In 2018, we will continue to offer this and all children with physical disabilities are assessed individually. MSC staff then devises a personal care plan with specific goals for each resident. A minimum of one half hour each day is spent in direct one-on-one contact with every resident. The rest of their time is spent on more passive activities such as correct positioning that does not require constant supervision. Activities in the therapy department include Passive Range of Motion, Active Assisted Range of Motion and Active Range of Motion Exercises, stretching, massages, self-feeding, tactile stimulation, positioning, vestibular stimulation, assisted ambulation, cognitive therapy, coordination and multisensory stimulation.
The education of our residents is of utmost importance in our philosophy of care. Given the wide range of disabilities among our residents, there are unique needs for each child’s learning process. Children and young adults who are part of our Dare to Care program for persons living with HIV/AIDS typically attend public schools outside of MSC. Whenever possible, we send Dare to Care children to outside schools to encourage their participation in everyday society.
Since its creation, Mustard Seed Communities (MSC) has focused primarily on the well-being of the young and particularly of those who are unable to care for themselves, the ill, the disabled and the abandoned. As the presence of MSC has grown, our mission has expanded to continue to meet the needs of the most vulnerable. Designed in 1992 to provide a secure and spiritual environment for abandoned pregnant teenagers, the Mary’s Child program was created. Mary’s Child is more than just a shelter and is dedicated to stimulating growth in every facet of the young mothers’ lives.