The Sedoo Initiative for Children with Special Needs-SECHILD is an experience based NGO. A couple Aondofa are blessed with four lovely children, Terhemen Daniel, Sedoo Deborah, Aondofa Joshua and Sesuur Daniella, TWO of these children Sedoo and Aondofa were born with some diagnostic category that made them children with special needs. The family in June 2007 lost Sedoo (to whom this Organization is named. Sedoo, a precious and pretty Daughter was born on August 22, 2005 with cerebral palsy and died in (June 2007) her childhood. Also In June 2014, the family lost Aondofa Joshua, their handsome Son born on January 18th 2007 with cerebral palsy.
The absence of professional assistance and support centers for the specific condition of these children and the desire to establish an institution for similar children with the reservoir that provides children with cerebral palsy and other disorders, families and their caregivers with access to comprehensive information and resources led to the founding of SECHILD. The Sedoo Initiative for Children with Special Needs is registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission under part “C’ of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990 RC No. 42610 as a not-for-profit, community driven development and non-governmental charitable organization committed to an often neglected target group within the Nigerian Society; vulnerable local children with special needs. This can mean a child with disability or a very special talent that would not be fulfilled without help. SECHILD is a non-profit programme that focuses on improving the lives of special needs children/persons including those with disabilities and medical conditions. The prgramme is to help these children regardless of their condition and needs.
SECHILD’s mission is to improve and promote the health and well-being of children with special health care needs and their families. The organization focuses on providing information to families and health care professionals. SECHILD’s work includes special projects, information, research and evaluation that impact care and support, quality of care, education and family partnerships in health care and support for children with special needs. In doing this, SECHILD is building bridges of partnerships and collaboration with a variety of groups to plan and implement grants and projects that improve care and increase access to support such children and their families.
SECHILD Residence Center: The Sedoo Initiative for Children with Special Needs-SECHILD has her administrative office and Care home named SECHILD center. SECHILD center admits for rehabilitation, advocacy, Care, special education, physio/occupational therapies, scholarship programme, and other intervention programmes for facilitation and adaptation of children/adults with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. Aondofa Joshua was the first child to be admitted to at SECHILD Center and he died while being cared. The center provides a means for meeting with support groups for information and other services trusting that together with other community programmes and especially parents, the organization can create awareness among the community about the needs families of children with special needs have and what practical things can be done.
SECHILD is in collaboration with other agencies and Ministries of Health, Women Affairs and Social Development, Education and others who envisage development of the care center of various profile that will contribute to individual development of the children/ persons with cerebral palsy and their involvement in public life.
SECHILD Center Facilities
Our strong believe is that SECHILD Center will grow into an even bigger space housing a school, bigger Care/rehabilitation center, Guest wing and a chapel set in her own grounds. The interior designed to provide a welcoming physio/occupational therapies, special learning environment with qualified Care Givers, Mediators, Teachers and Therapists with a heart to serve offering these following:
· Sensory Integration Room
· Fully equipped Art Room-Mediated Learning through Art Activities
· Cognitive Motor Studio-Dance Movement Therapy
· Two-Way Observation Rooms
· Computer Room
· Conference Room
· Outdoor Play Area
· Life-Skills Training Kitchen
· Family Room
· Counselling Room
· Special Learning Studio
· Medical Room
· Full Access for Wheelchair Users
· Lecture/Training Room
· Guest Wing
· Car Park
Management of SECHILD
SECHILD is managed by a Board of Trustees and an administrative management unit made up of the President, Executive Director/ Facilitator of the SECHILD Center, Head of Human Resources, Head of Advocacy, Rehabilitation and an Accountant. The Executive Council of SECHILD has powers to make rules and regulations for the day to day running of the organisation. The Executive Council has powers to implement all policies and decisions of the Board of Trustees.
SECHILD’s aim is to have manyspecialized Centers- which conduct special and corrective programmes as well as the upbringing activities of the children with special needs and individual of deprived parental/societal care.
The organization’s programmes’goal is to provide children with special needs the needed services, advocacy, care and items that they need for their daily living and enjoyment that are not currently being covered by any form of medical insurance nor provided by a community or government programme. Along with the goal, SECHILD offers support, training and information to parents and care givers of children with special needs and other disabilities. SECHILD aims to not only provide assistance with items needed, but to also create a community of support, encouragement and guidance through our residence care and physio/occupational therapies. SECHILD is developing a network of healthy relationships with other non-profit and for profit programmes in and beyond families in obtaining the resources available to them.
The organization’s mission is to collaborate with partners in addressing the needs of vulnerable children while promoting their rights with focus on advocacy and providing information to families and health care professionals. SECHILD’s work includes special projects, information research, monitoring and evaluation and family partnerships in health care and support for children with special needs. In doing this SECHILD building bridges of partnerships and collaboration with a variety of groups to plan and implement grants and projects that improve care and increase access to support such children and their families.
· To advocate for the rights of children with special needs and persons with disabilities
· To provide and promote better delivery of special educational services/ development of children with special needs and persons with disabilities for more effective intellectual growth to create opportunities for self-actualization through sponsorships and trainings
· To provide shelter and rehabilitation for children with special needs and persons with disabilities
· To provide residence care, physio/occupational therapy, therapies for children with special needs and persons with disability to enable them attain their maximum potentials
· To sensitize and raise awareness on the impact of non-inclusion of disabled person and educate and re-orient the general public on myths and local beliefs disabilities particularly on children with special needs their acceptance and inclusion
· To educate parents/caregivers on the rights of children with special needs, the parent’s responsibilities while building capacity through counselling services, intervention, trainings and support programmes for them.
· To stimulate the government of the rights of children with special needs and persons with disabilities within the framework of the national disability act.
· To promote a better delivery of special educational services for effective intellectual growth of children with special needs
· To provide professional support and information for children with special needs.
The organization is funded through agencies’ grants, private foundation grants endowments, private/personal donations and supporters.