Calder celebrates 10th Anniverseary of disability awareness program
Posted: 09 Nov 2018
The disabled live a life of challenge because their varied impairments may severely inhibit their abilities and they are expected to cope with normal living and activities. So in the continued effort to raise awareness of their predicament, Calder Seventh-day Adventist Church hosted a program to highlight the challenges faced by persons who are differently abled on Saturday, 3rd November.
This year, the program celebrated their 10th anniversary of serving the disabled in the Calder community and the wider area. The special church service saw over 100 persons and representatives from all the organizations in St. Vincent and the Grenadines which deal with various forms of disability in attendance.
To commemorate the significant 10th year, the church has actually been celebrating for the past months of the year, highlighting a different area of disability – cognitive, developmental, and intellectual, among others - each month through awareness talks.
For each month a specialist in the particular field shared with the church members and members of the community to bring about a better understanding of what it means to live as a disabled person. Organizer, Sis Beulah Mapp (who was with the initiative from inception) was very happy that they had achieved their objectives each year of making donations to persons with disability. This year, they were able to distribute over 200 care packages and also make a monetary donation.
Several local companies partnered with the Church to see that the care packages were provided and delivered. The church service saw the Honourable Frederick Stephenson, Minister of National Mobilization, Social Development, Family, Gender Affairs, Persons with Disabilities and Youth, (who usually attends in person), send his thoughts via a representative. The Caribbean Union’s Director who oversees this ministry, Pastor Ashton Oniel, was the speaker. He spoke words of life which challenged the abled and differently abled to look to Christ, the one who will make us all complete.
The aim of the program is to create a cultural shift in community attitudes towards disability. This is achieved by equipping community members with the knowledge, skills and confidence to take personal and collective action to enhance the inclusion of people with disabilities, especially children, into everyday life.
If you would like to partner with the Calder Church in their projects and efforts for the disabled, you can contact any of their leaders for more information.