Westlake is home to 12 000 local and foreign residents living on the bread line. Some of the children have never been given the basis of reading and writing. Others are from abused backgrounds and have difficulty in learning and communicating due to trauma, or have physical setbacks. Amazing Grace Upliftment Centre aims to address this imbalance by identifying children, of various ages, that need assistance to bridge the divide between a restricted development and a positive future.
This can be achieved through individual focus on particular difficulties and offering the remedial opportunities to rectify them. Such disadvantages include, literacy and numeracy deficiencies, physical handicaps such as speech impediments, underdeveloped muscular systems, hearing and vision impairments and social imbalances.
Their Aim is to introduce Occupational Therapists, Physio Therapists, Speech Therapists, Counselors, Psychologists and Remedial teachers.
Their hope is that through the various remedial interactions, these children would be able to re-enter the normal schooling system.
They would also like to introduce art, music sport and dancing classes for kids who might not have an academic future, either from fetal alcohol syndrome or other mental impairments.
The organisations secondary objective is to work with other organisations and ECD’s in the community, to identify where problems exist and to remedy them together.
“We also aim to assist with other community projects, such as soup kitchens, Mandela day, sports days, kids club etc, where possible.
We would like to arrange talks where the parents in the community can be taught how to assist with the remedial process.
Life is a Gift and it offers us the privilege, opportunity and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.”
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