Mustard Seed Ireland

MSC is a charity dedicated to caring for disabled and abandoned children in Jamaica, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Zimbabwe & Malawi.

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2020 PLAN

€ 128,284

raised of €300,000 goal

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Projects in 2019

  1. 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.

    Therapy is a key component of caring for children with disabilites. In 2019 we continued to offer this and all children with physical disabilities were assessed individually. MSC staff then devised a personal care plan with specific goals for each resident. A minimum of half an hour each day is spent in direct one-to-one contact with every resident. The rest of their time is spent on more passive activities such as correct positioning that 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.

  2. 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. 

    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 people living with HIV/AIDS typically attend schools outside of MSC. This is to encourage their participation in every day society and continues to work extremely well for the whole community.

  3. 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.

    One of greatest achievement of the year was the first phase of the development of Sophie's Place in Jamaica. Sophie's Place is home to almost 30 residents and had not been upgraded since it was built originally over 20 years ago. With funds raised through the Irish Volunteer Programme we were able to rebuild the accommodation and living area for all the residents. The first phase is now complete with bright open spaces and state of the art bathrooms and living areas. Perfect for wheelchair users.

2020 PLAN

€ 128,284

raised of €300,000 goal

1888

altruists

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Donations made here are eligible for a charity to reclaim in tax paid in Ireland