The needs of children with disabilities are often neglected due to the unavailability of specialized health services and rehabilitation. The lack of data and little help for poverty-stricken families means young children are not being diagnosed until later in childhood, which hampers their chances of reaching their full potential. It is estimated that 8% of children under the age of five have special needs and a staggering 92% of them do not
have access to resources’. This is why the Queen Geraldine Foundation is trying to make a difference by working with local authorities and government centers.
In cooperation and with the support of the LESAB Foundation, the Queen Geraldine foundation was able to complete reconstruction work at “The Shkodra Children’s Center”,giving direct assistance to children with special needs. The Foundation was able to complete the full reconstruction of the hydro sanitary systems, including specialized bathrooms.
The reconstruction process also included the kitchen and the dining hall, with a full overhaul,re-plastering and painting of the interior. New gas installations, ovens and other kitchen utilities came with the full refurbishment of tables, chairs and other furniture respectively.
The buying of a specialized transport vehicle so to pickup day borders and provide direct assistance to families at home.
The center continues to look after 50 resident children and 50 day boarders, giving specialized services to 100 disabled children daily. The children need individual and specialized care, which is provided by a trained and devoted staff.
The Queen Geraldine Foundation was also able to provide assistance to the Center for Children with Disabilities in the city of Elbasan, central Albania, providing insulation, new
doors and windows.