I went home recently to visit my dad who was ill. This was unplanned and an emergency visit.
He stayed in the hospital for 5 days and when he was recovering, I got the chance to go take a look again at the special kids’ indoor play area ( mini-therapy area ) that is being built for our special needs children at the Romblon East Central School, Romblon, Philippines.
If you have been following this project, we started to plan for this way back in 2017 when I started to set up a Go fund me page on my birthday in October.
In December 2017, two months after donors started coming in, we initiated the project.
It all began from this vacant lot at the back of the special kids’ resource room.
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Local Fundraising Projects
Our main fundraising tool, the GO FUND ME page, has paved the way to start the project. It is still running if you want to help our endeavour. Click here to DONATE!
We did two local fundraisings, as well, for this project with the purpose of soliciting financial help and also to raise awareness in the community, including the school, the parents and teachers that our special needs kids need our love and support.
The first fundraising was a bingo social done on January 2018. I personally witnessed how working together with the school and the Special Education teachers and special needs parents brought success to this worthwhile activity.
We raised a substantial amount which helped continue our project to finish the flooring area and build some structures like the stairs and the sensory path.
The second fundraising effort was done on December 2018, which we called ” The Christmas Story, ” a showcase of talents of the special kids. it was very heartwarming to see these kids perform their singing and dancing skills despite their developmental disabilities.
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Progress of the Mini-Therapy Area
From the start of the project in December 2017 up to this month, a lot of exciting progress has happened.
This was not a continuous progress though because it depended on a lot of things.
Of course, finances was our main consideration because although we had set up a Go Fund Me page, it only raised good money initially, then trickled thereafter.
We would like to THANK all donors, of course because YOU initiated and inspired us to go on until now!
There were months that the project got stalled, either because our finances were drained or the SPED teachers were so busy with other stuff in school from their daily tasks of teaching, to seminars, to school or division – wide activities.
Nevertheless, progress was so inspiring.
These pictures will tell the story of our accomplishments!
As of December 2018, the structures to hold the roof were in place. At this point, we were so happy that our project was really taking shape.
See our big smiles? We were beaming with pride and joy for this accomplishment.
It’s been a year since we started and we were standing on the solid floor and soon- to-be finished roof.
All because of the big support of our donors.
Roofing and finishing the walls were completed in February 2019.
Look at these photos. They will speak for themselves how working on the project slowly evolved.
All because of donors like YOU!
Our Indoor Play Area is now Painted!
Here comes the latest progress.
At my last visit on January 15, 2020, I came with my cousin who is also a big donor for this project. She noticed that it was so hot even though there was a roof already. Only then did I realize when she pointed to us that we needed a ceiling to dissipate the humidity inside the play area.
Thus, this is our next big goal- to put up the ceiling. Some carpenters have started this as I write this post.
Thanks to two monthly donors who continuously give their support because when we need to restart the project we have the money.
God has been so instrumental in opening up the hearts of these two gracious persons.
Please consider on still continuing to donate through our GO FUND ME page here. We still need a considerable amount for this.
Meanwhile, see how our mini-therapy area now looks! Isn’t it so fresh and inviting?
The painted walls are so bright and colourful. It added warmth and lots of personality to our small space.
The Special Kids Now Enjoy their Mini-Therapy Area!
On January 23, 2020, our special needs kids used our mini-therapy area for the very first time!
The three SPED teachers- Bing, Law and Nots combined their first session students where they set up their projector and let the students watch a film. Afterwards, they did some ball games and zumba, while others tried the monkey bars.
See the joy in the students and the teachers!
Incidentally, last Jan 23, 2020 Pangga my sister with Down Syndrome whom this website is dedicated should have celebrated her 52nd birthday.
I’m sure up there she is smiling with the special kids and maybe clapping in delight with them.
The teachers are in the process of asking help from the municipal government to buy 2 play equipment.
They also plan to put some minor educational and playful tools in the walls and on the floor, aside from the now coloured wheels.
In the next few months, hopefully we will finish the ceiling and put rubber mats on the floor to prevent accidents like falls and to make playtime more comfortable and safe.
The sensory path as well will be finished.
Your Help is More than Appreciated
Our vision of providing fun and helping our special kids maximize their social and motor skills with the indoor play area are now into fruition, all because you decided to give your financial support to make this happen.
To all our donors and benefactors, we honour you for your unwavering help.
We still have major things to accomplish, thus donations are still welcome.
God bless all of us.
As always I say when you give, it will come back to you a hundredfold or more.
Our special kids are so thankful to all of you!
The special kids’ indoor play area is definitely taking shape and will soon be in full use.