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What is Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a term that is used to describe a group of disorders that affects a person’s ability to move. Cerebral palsy is caused by damage in the brain of a child during pregnancy or shortly after the child is born. Cerebral palsy is a live long condition. The symptoms can improve or worsen …

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The story of Ana

Ana could not walk or even stand on her own when her parents brought her to Crystal Foundation. She was examined by the physiotherapist and nurse and recommended for the physiotherapy program at Crystal Foundation. The physiotherapist at the Crystal Foundation rehab center recommended physiotherapy sessions for her. Her parents took up the challenge and …

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World Cerebral Palsy Day Celebration at Crystal Foundation

Crystal Foundation joined the international community on the 5th of October 2016 to commemorate world cerebral palsy day. The day coincided with world teacher’s day, which usually precipitates the presence of thousands of people from local communities in the Bui division of the North West region of Cameroon. Crystal Foundation took advantage of this coincidence …

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Responsibilities of Parents of Children with Disabilities

Bollywood superstar Aishwarya Rai Bachchan once said that “my family is my strength and my weakness.”  Families are a strong determining factor for the strength or weakness of a child with a disability. Parents of children with disabilities are one of the most vital tools that can help a child with a disability to attain …

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The Sad Situation of Children with Mental and Developmental Disabilities in The Face of Sexual Abuse

According to a review carried out by John Moores University’s Centre for Public Health under the World Health Organization, children with mental and intellectual disabilities are 4.6 times more likely to experience sexual abuse than those without a disability.  According to the world health organization, children and adults with disability are at a higher risk …

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Message From The Founder

“Why disability? That’s a question I get each time I talk to someone about Crystal Foundation and what we do.“My personal experience of growing up with a health complication exposed me to experiencing first hand some of the challenges children with special needs face. I was born with an Optical Nerve atrophy associated with a …

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A Volunteer at the Rehab Center Talks About Her Sister With Down Syndrome

Ana is a volunteer at the Crystal Foundation rehab center in Melim, under the “Big brother-Big sister volunteer program” where individuals from the community come and work one-on-one with children with disabilities. She is very committed to her work at the center and has been very resourceful and helpful to many children with special needs. …

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Club Activities at the Crystal Foundation rehab Center Serving as a Strong Tool for Social Inclusion

Club activities have proven to be a powerful tool for the social integration of the children at the Crystal Foundation rehab center in Cameroon into society. The children at the center have been divided into different clubs where they are expected to actively take part in the activities of the clubs. There is the traditional …

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Tips on Teaching Children with Down Syndrome

The first thing you must take note about teaching a child with Down syndrome is the fact that every child with Down syndrome is unique. What works for one child may not be what will work for the other child. However, there are general tips that can help you better teach a child with Down …

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Ridding Along with Local Communities in Cameroon

In the month of May 2016, Crystal Foundation provided assistance to persons whose homes were destroyed by a “terrible” storm. The Crystal team also provided assistance to children of a local government school that serves hundreds of children in the community. The Crystal team gave the children a new classroom. The local people of Melim …

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Economic Empowerment For Adamu’s Family

Adamou is only six years old and lives with his mother and four year old younger brother in the village of Tadu in the North West region of Cameroon.  He lost his father two months ago in a car accident. Adamu was born with multiple malformations. He is physically disabled, cannot speak and suffers from …

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Daniel’s Story

Daniel was born three and a halve years back to a single mother in the village of Kikaiykelake in the kumbo subdivision of the North West region of Cameroon. He developed severe knocked knees due to malnourishment after  his mother stopped breast feeding him two years ago. We found Daniel on one of our outreach …

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What is Down Syndrome?

Down syndrome is a genetic condition where a person has an extra copy of chromosome. In simple words, a chromosome is genetic material found in the cell of a human being. The human body is made up of millions of cells. Each of these cells contains 46 chromosomes.  A person with Down syndrome is born …

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What is a Learning Disability

Basics on Learning Disabilities What is a Learning Disability A learning disability is a condition that arises when a person finds difficulties learning at the pace which is expected of people of the person’s age group. A learning disability is a neurological disorder. It results from differences in the way a person’s brain is wired. …

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Mental Disabilities: The Need for Sensitization in Rural Communities in Africa.

My parents have served as medical experts for over 25 years now, but none of them knew what Autism, Down syndrome or Learning disabilities was until I told them, after just finding out myself. It is a general phenomenon in Africa especially here in Cameroon. Many people do not know what these mental disabilities are. …

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What is Autism

Before I came to Crystal Foundation, I could not explain what autism was all about. I have equally noticed that most writers, who have tried to describe the condition, do it in a language that many people find difficulties understanding. I have tried to explain autism in very simple words that can be understood by …

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Targeting Disability As In The Ancient Japanese Art of Kintsugi

Taking care of children with disabilities at Crystal Foundation can easily be compared to the ancient Japanese art of Kintsugi. Kintsugi is an ancient Japanese art that focuses on portraying great beauty in broken things. Rather than throwing away what is broken, it is mended together and a kind of  physical and spiritual beauty seen …

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Disability and Poverty

“A review of 14 developing countries found out that people with disabilities were more likely to experience poverty than those without disabilities. People with disabilities tended to well less off in terms of education, employment, living conditions, consumption and health. Higher health care costs than for those from families without disabilities can further reduce a …

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Inclusive education: The case of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities in rural Cameroon

Sustainable Development Goal 4, represents a global effort to “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” and eliminating all disparities and barriers to education for all by 2030. Unfortunately, such a lofty aspiration falls short of realization. Surviving and thriving in school is especially difficult for the majority of …

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A special Child With Special Needs

I am amazed at the wonderful things that can come out of children with disabilities. As a staff of Crystal Foundation, I have had the opportunity to interact one on one with the children at our rehab center and I can affirm that there is so much greatness in them that can only be made …

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A Special Needs Child Tacking Care of other people

You will never know the love and care that a special needs child can show until you break stigmatization barriers between you and that child and actually show respect to the child. Here in Cameroon, especially in rural areas like the one we are located in, it is usually very dusty because the roads are …

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Epileptic Treatment at the Crystal Foundation’s Rehab Center

Crystal Foundation offers epileptic treatment at the Crystal Foundation’s rehabilitation center. There are many children in local communities, and at the Crystal Foundation’s rehabilitation center suffering with epilepsy. Because of this number, Crystal Foundation offers great importance to epileptic treatment. The families of children with epilepsy receive epileptic treatment drugs from Crystal Foundation once every …

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Crystal Foundation’s Rehab Center Receive Appreciation Gifts From Individuals

You can never underestimate the strength and impact that a gift made in love carries. The atmosphere at the Crystal-Foundation rehabilitation center at the Melim community in Cameroon was suddenly transformed into a festive mood on the 11th of March 2016, when an individual of the community walked in with a giant carton of fried …

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Meet a Special Needs Child in Rural Cameroon, Who has held the Class Spell-Bound With demonstration of inner Potential!!!

Born to poor peasant farmers, his life seemed like he had no hope in the community. He was known, called and treated as a DISABLED CHILD by most of the people in his neighborhood. Everyone in his school thought he had nothing to offer and so, yes, it was hard for his teachers and parents …

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New Post- Beri’s Story

He is young, handsome, and cute, only 17 years old, endowed by the creator with a beautiful smile that he shares with anyone who comes around! He has been blessed with countless friends and did receive motherly love and care that very few children in his group can afford.   During the past fifteen years, …

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