A local non-profit - with a focus on Brevard children with Down Syndrome - is recruiting therapists, teachers and others for a five-day camp for children with special needs this summer in The Ukraine.
Families Exploring Down Syndrome of Brevard, Inc. is hoping to build a team of occupational and physical therapists, exceptional education and other teachers, and medical personnel to participate with His Kids Too! – a national non-profit that serves orphans around the world.
“The week this summer hasn't been chosen yet,” said Theresa Mitchell of fedsofbrevard.org. “We are looking for people who are interested in helping out and then once we assemble our group, we will choose dates that work for all. We will also be visiting two or three orphanages that have expressed an interest in learning more about therapy and helping the orphans with disabilities.”
Mitchell said that many of these children have no support system or schooling.
“There have been 86 children in the community identified and the diagnoses are wide ranging,” she added. Some of the problem areas are autism, cleft palettes, general developmental delay and physical challenges, such as missing limbs.
“Anyone with a love of children would be a perfect match for this mission trip,” Mitchell said.
The volunteers would be expected to pay for their travel, plus about $35 per day for food and lodging. The group will stay in a newly-built community center in Donetsk.
“Fundraising is a great option for those who do not have the discretionary income to cover a trip like this,” Mitchell said.
For more information, please contact Mitchell at BrevardBuddyWalk@aol.com or review information at www.hiskidstoo.org.