Heart of Mercy
The Heart of Mercy project is like a large family, caring for children with disabilities, usually severe, and their parents or guardians, usually grandparents. It is based in poor villages surrounding the picturesque southern Malawian town of Zomba. Battling with abject poverty and a hostile social atmosphere which rejects their children, families feel ignored and isolated. Accomplish pays for a monthly meeting for the parents/guardians so they can come together to support each other as they face huge difficulties. A physiotherapist from Zomba hospital attends to give instructions about exercises and advice, so these parents are better able to care for their children as well as finding they are not alone.
Accomplish supports a thriving goat project. This generates income to help a family with the extra costs of supporting a child with disabilities. The goats belong to the children, which increases their social standing within the village.
As caring for children who are often incontinent is challenging, Accomplish provides soap to each family. Some children have also received a mattress, a book and or a stimulating toy. Accomplish pays for workers who visit each child at least once a month to assess development, provide advice and support. The value of these visits cannot be overestimated. Accomplish has provided PPE to enable these visits and meetings to continue during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Accomplish has also supplied wheelchairs, support chairs and stands, and is investigating sign language training. One deaf child now has her dreams come true with a place at a special school. Local schools are being visit by the Heart of Mercy Team to encourage them to provide for children with disabilities; this is a difficult task but we are pleased now seven of the children are attending local village schools.
Recent expansion of the project now includes 60 children whose parents have been willing to bring their disabled children out of hiding. To augment the monthly support meetings, some of the villages have started their own weekly meetings. The project is growing in confidence and standing locally. There are more children with disabilities who want to join the Heart of Mercy family. Can you help this to happen?