Little bodies needing a bath
Evidence of malnutrition
Eyes that show fear and emit tears
These are outward appearances of orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children when they first arrive at an ICC children’s village. Immediately our staff provide for their obvious physical needs: the children are bathed and dressed in clean clothes, food is offered, and the children are given abundant assurance that they are in a safe place where they will be happy.
However, even with all these efforts to provide for the apparent needs of the children, underneath, lying hidden perhaps for months and even years, are wounds and scares from a past life that in many cases was filled with neglect, abuse and fear. As a child grows and develops within the children’s village these wounds and scares begin to manifest themselves in attitudes and behaviors that require intervention.
At the Las Palmas Children’s Village in the Dominican Republic, several of our children have undergone psychological evaluations and are now receiving psychotherapy and pharmacological treatment. Critical to the success of such intervention for these children is correct follow-up to this process and that involves ensuring that the children continue the medical treatment without interruption and without missing the established appointments as part of their therapy.
At a time when there is a great need at the project for this intervention, the project is also facing economic challenges as costs outpace ICC’s ability to provide for all the needs at the project. The medications and general process are expensive yet essential.
Being placed in a difficult situation, our administrator contacted the National Counsel for Children and Adolescents in the Dominican Republic to see if they would offer assistance. Here are the results, according to our administrator. “After satisfying all the requirements of that institution and a long waiting period, we obtained, by the grace of God, a satisfactory response from them in the sense that they will commit to providing monthly the needed medications for the treatment of the boys and girls in our program.” What a blessing this is and a cost savings to ICC of nearly $600 each month.