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Feeding of the 5000 Outreach Foundation gearing up to raise awareness on issues surrounding children with disabilities

Published:Tuesday | April 28, 2015 | 4:00 AM
Jordan Bennett

As Child Month beckons, the Jordan Bennett-led Feeding of the 5000 Outreach Foundation is gearing up for its latest initiative as it seeks to raise awareness on issues surrounding children with disabilities.

"We are starting a campaign on May 1 as we want to devote that month to giving back to the youth. We will begin a campaign on our website and the Facebook page towards it. As a non-profit organisation that is heavily youth based, we have to look out for each other," Bennett told The Gleaner.

"We just want to showcase how good the youths are doing in Jamaica and also how we can help those who are not doing so well."

One such way in which this will be done is through a treat that will be held on May 15 at the School of Hope in St Andrew.

"What we want to do is educate the public on intellectual disabilities, which is where the disability is not visible when you look at them. For most of these children, their mental capacity has not passed a grade two or three level, so they cannot manage much. Probably 90 per cent of the ones who leave school end up staying home because they can't get a job, and even, then it is still difficult for them, as many of them don't even know how to cook for themselves or even sweep," Bennett said.

"What we want to do is not just educate the parents and general public but also to donate a stove, a microwave and, hopefully, a fridge to the department of the teacher who invited me, which is the Home Economics Department. She is teaching the kids to make breakfast, lunch and dinner so that when they are home, they know how to use items such as the stove," he added.

Throughout the course of the day, Bennett plans on having several activities, including sports and entertainment, to interact with the children. He will also be providing meals for them.

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