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Children with Special Needs in Africa

At Our Lady of Consolation Center for Children With Special Needs in Bambil, Cameroon, Marists strive to help children with special needs feel like others by facilitating their social integration and helping them attain a degree of autonomy. The Center, which was built in 2009, is the only facility helping special needs children in the area.

The Marist Mission Ranong Migrant Support Program provides a community center and opportunities for on-going education for migrant workers.
Marist Fr. Christian Abongbung, S.M., the first native of
Bambili, Cameroon to join the Society of Mary, is photographed
with children at the Our Lady of Consolation Center for Children
With Special Needs in Bambili.

In the rehabilitation process, the Marists place a special emphasis on the development of families and reinforce vocational training with five functional workshops. Parents are encouraged to create home workshops for their children to foster self-confidence and reinforce skills acquired for future autonomy. The Marist staff makes frequent home visits for family counseling and to assist with the home workshops.

The Center's maximum capacity is for 30 children, with 16 enrolled at present.  There are several children in the village who cannot reach the Center because of the nature of their disabilities, pointing to one of the Center's wish list items: assistance to create viable means of transportation for future students to help increase enrollment among children in need.

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