LOGAN VISITS GABRIELLA CENTRE
In her own words…
July of this year, I was lucky enough to visit the Gabriella Centre and meet Brenda and the wonderful children who attend the school. The experience was magical. The light that the children have within them could light up the world and GO Campaign has done so much good for the lives of the kids.
Later this year, I’ll be going back to visit the kids and help the school grow. Phase II of the school is about to begin but needs funding in order to progress to the stature we know it deserves. Your donation helps the kids learn life skills and gain education that they wouldn’t otherwise have the means to acquire. We look forward to being able to produce video footage later this year so you can watch your donations make a difference. We want our donors to get to know Brenda, the epitome of a goddess, and the kids who have brought so much joy to everyone they meet. Thank you for your generosity and love!
LOCAL HERO BRENDA SHUMA
Disabilities in Tanzania are still misunderstood, but there is hope. There are people like Brenda, a global trailblazer, pioneering a new path where children with disabilities can live their lives with dignity. Brenda founded the Gabriella Children’s Rehabilitation Centre in 2009 to support children with disabilities in their physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development. The centre provides diagnosis for children’s medical issues, proper treatment, and educational opportunities. As they go through the program, Brenda watches her children transform into confident individuals who are independent citizens and valued members of their family and community; to date, she has helped over 2,500 children. Brenda is a brilliant example of GO Campaign’s Local Heroes on the ground, and we are proud to partner with her to transform the lives of children with disabilities in Tanzania and across East Africa.
GO Campaign and the Gabriella Centre are partnering to build a new home for the center. This will allow it to reach more children and make it the preeminent center of its kind across East Africa.
The new Gabriella Centre is an investment in the future of children with disabilities; it is a bold and ambitious investment project that, once completed, will improve the lives of thousands of children whose futures are at risk. The new Gabriella Centre will be East Africa’s preeminent center children with autism and other mental and physical disabilities. The center will provide care and therapy for hundreds of children per year, offering assessment, therapy, boarding, vocational training, community outreach, awareness programs, and caregiver training for volunteers and families.
GO Campaign started our work in Tanzania over a decade ago. Over the years, we have heard first-hand accounts of disabled children being locked up, never seeing daylight, or, horrifically, being buried alive or tied to trees for wild animals to eat. A survey conducted by the Gabriella Centre in 2011 revealed that of disabled people in Kilimanjaro region, a full 44% were children.
Rehabilitation services for children with learning disabilities are inadequate throughout East Africa and much of the continent. There are not enough organizations that provide education to children with intellectual disabilities and even fewer that provide educational structure for life after primary school. The Gabriella Center helps disabled children to become independent, productive, and valued members of their communities. In addition, the Center works hard to eliminate the misconceptions, myths, and negative attitudes towards disabled individuals.
By investing in this dream, you will pave the way for a more inclusive and accepting world for children with disabilities, ensuring that children in East Africa can finally receive the support they need to thrive.
Logan and GO Campaign thank you for your support!