The Program in 2005 assisted 175 children with medical treatments. Children registered in our program may have disabilities such as birth defects, epilepsy, diabetes, kidney failure, cancer, burns and loss of limbs. In addition to providing braces, wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, orthopedic shoes, prostheses and other equipment, the organization pays for ongoing medication, consultations with specialists, x-rays and other diagnostic tests. Young cancer patients and those requiring regular, sometimes very expensive, medication, tend to take up much of our budget.
We are funded totally by individual donations and local fundraising. We are most grateful for the generosity of some organizations and church groups from North American who already support us.
Fund-raising thus far during 2006 has exceeded past efforts, and with the help of a generous bequest the organization is growing. But so are the medical expenses and the number of children we are assisting. A DVD video presentation is now available to demonstrate our work and our needs to those who have assisted us, and to others who might like to join us in helping children who need medical care.
After a second open heart operation in September 2006, I decided it was time to move on and I announced my resignation as President just as soon as a new President could be sworn in. In February 2007, Ivan D'Costa took over as President I will still be involved in developing public relations materials and helping out where I can. The picture above shows me with Ivan at the Baubles Bangles and Beads Fund raiser, my last night as President.
To learn more about the work of Niņos Incapacitados, check out our website at www.programaninos.org where you can see some of the children we assist and learn about how you can help out as well.