In the three and a half years that Busi spent with us, she drew attention from staff and visitors alike. From a shy threeyear- old, unable to walk or say more than a few words, she blossomed into our beloved little ray of sunshine.
Thanks to the dedication of our carers and therapists – and financial support from friends like you – Busi learned to walk short distances in a walking frame. Her fine motor skills also improved and she now recognises colours, shapes and numbers. Best of all, she’s learned to speak fluently in both Zulu and English, is able to express her thoughts, ask questions and even report on her own developmental progress!
We were both sad and excited when, at the beginning of the year, Busi’s parents successfully enrolled her in a special needs school, where she will be able to build further on these skills. “Hamba kahle” to our special little star. We look forward to hearing of your progress at ‘Big School’.
Seven-year-old Prince joined Yellow wing about five months ago, and it wasn’t long before he formed a strong bond with group leader, Lilly Ramkissoon.
Although he couldn’t walk, Lilly was sure that Prince was strong enough. Using lots of encouragement and praise, she taught him to stand by himself, and then to walk holding both of her hands.
Prince is now confident enough to walk by himself and the two of them are often seen strolling around the Home and even into the offices! Sometimes he gets very excited and jumps up and down while walking; Lilly has to keep an eye on him to make sure he doesn’t fall over.
When he’s not out practising walking, Prince spends time in his wheelchair, or sitting at his own table and chair in Yellow wing. Being able to sit at the table has given him the confidence to feed himself, using a regular spoon.
It’s unlikely that Prince will progress to the point where he could transfer to a school like Busi. But with your continued support, and encouragement from our staff, he is progressing in leaps and bounds and we are all super proud of him.