Senses – Special Needs Centre

Club organises Iftar for special kids

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, July 21, 2014

DUBAI: A group of extraordinary volunteers organised a charity Iftar to provide a sense of integration to the students at the Senses Residential and Day Care Centre in Jumeirah on the occasion of the media interaction day.
The Iftar was organised by the Rotary Club of Jumeirah, Dubai as part of their ongoing support toward the centre struggling with financial constraints to cope with everyday operations.
Around 90 children with severe physical and learning difficulties are enrolled and the ages vary between 2 and 20 years.JAMIL-Senses-Charity-4
Dr Lina Owies, executive manager of Senses while talking to The Gulf Today, said that the Senses Residential and Day Care Centre, a non-profit organisation, is the first and only residential care facility for special needs in the UAE and the Middle East.
“Through specialised programmes that combine speech and music therapy, art, life skills, sports and physiotherapy, children from the age of two to nineteen with mild or severe physical disabilities and Down Syndrome receive the care they need. Senses provides a home with round-the-clock care for children who need special therapies offering them rehabilitative and educational programmes, as well as a nurturing environment where they can develop new skills and improve their abilities,” she said.
She lauded the support of Rotary Club of Jumeirah as well as others from government and private sector and stressed more support to run the centre smoothly and extend facilities to the children with special needs.
“For the last couple of years, the Rotary Club of Jumeirah has been supporting the centre through their various charity initiatives but the need is also growing very fast. We need more staff and the facilities as a number of children with special needs are on the waiting list because we have no more space,” she added.
The centre as Senses Care Home project was set up in 2002 with two children in a rented villa by Nadia Khalil Al Sayegh in Jumeirah who has over 20 years experience in the department of Labour and Social Affairs, concentrating on special needs children in Dubai.
The present building of the centre is set in a purpose built centre in Umm Suqeim, which was built under the order of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai in 2010.
The centre also aims to take care of differently abled orphans, based on the belief that their needs are unique. Many of the children suffer from epilepsy and are in need of round-the-clock care.
The residential centre has been created to be a home away from home for the students. Senses offers a range of opportunities for children to fulfil their educational interests and participate in new life-enriching pastimes, experience sensory stimulations and build self-esteem, increase independence and explore future life opportunities.
Many of the children at Senses require sponsorship for medical expenses, food, clothing, care and support and equipment.
Anne-Susann Becker on behalf of Rotary Club of Jumeirah told The Gulf Today that they have around 90 members and organise a number of events periodically to raise funds and awareness for the Senses Residential and Day Care Centre.

~ by jamilkhan on July 25, 2014.

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