The Down Syndrome Association of Nigeria is an organization that was founded by the mother of one of my friends, to fill a need that she saw in Nigeria to raise awareness about Down Syndrome. I have visited the website a few times, and there is a lot of really useful information for the public about Down Syndrome. We as a society have some misconceptions about DS, and it’s great that there are sites like this to sort us out, and even better, there are people in Nigeria who have recognized the need to raise awareness about DS in Nigeria, and provide a place for parents of children with DS, or teens and adults with DS, to get together.
And it is this goal of raising awareness that brings me here to ask you, my dear readers and bloggers, to help this organization out in any way you can. Of course financial donations are always welcome, especially at this time, and I am going to quote from a recent email I received from the organization which explains why:
LIFE SAVING HEART SURGERY FOR 3 DS BABIES
And we wish to make an urgent appeal for help, on behalf of the underlisted babies who have been diagnosed with serious heart defect:
Ajoke Taofeek (F) â€“ 9 months
Felicia Oyinloye (F) â€“ 12 month
Etim Gabriel (M) â€“ 18 months.
According to the Consultant Radiologist, if surgery is not carried out immediately, the babies will not have long to live. As at a few days ago, there were four babies awaiting immediate surgery, but at the time of this appeal, one of the babies has passed on.
In view of the urgent need for an immediate corrective surgery so as to save the lives of the remaining three babies, the association is making urgent arrangements towards this, but are not financially in a position to bear the total cost hence the appeal for partnership/support in this life-saving venture. It is estimated that the total amount required for the corrective surgery on the three babies in India is approx =N=10.5m. These donations will be used for the sole purpose and benefit of the children
Any donations, no matter how little, will be highly appreciated. Please note that all cheques should be made payable to: DOWN SYNDROME ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA or paypal payment to email@example.com.
If you feel led to help out financially, please do. I know you won’t regret it.
For those of you in Nigeria who would like to donate money in person, or volunteer your time, please call or visit the DSAN headquarters. They are located in Lagos, and can be reached by phone at +234 (1) 2704710, +234 (1) 8119718 or +234 (0)8032285545.
If you can’t help financially at this time, you are not off the hook! Here is some more information about donating your time and/or talents:
Volunteering connects you to our community of families, saves your organization money, helps you build a network of parents to share information, and helps increase public awareness. DSA Nigeria exists to help support your family’s needs, please help us continue the support.
Like talking to people? You’d probably be great at helping with our community efforts or staffing fund raising events that save us thousands of money.
Love parties? We’d love your help at one of our fundraisers. Or host a parent support group.
Got a special skill? We can always use writers, carpenters, marketers, etc.
Are you the quiet type? C’mon down and give us a hand in the office. Assist with mailings, answering phones, data entry, or preparing resource materials.
Have lots of friends? Help us organize a fundraiser. Start a support group. Head a team at the Buddy Walk Volunteering is a geat way to develop skills, fill in time, meet new people and make a contribution. It also looks great on a CV and makes you and the children feel good! For more info, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Lastly, I consider myself to be a fairly politically correct person, but the section on political correctness when speaking of DS (link removed because no longer active) was a section that I found eye opening. Read it!
Please do what you can to help, or pass this post or the link to the website, to anyone you think can help. It would be greatly appreciated by the DSAN.