Chesire Homes Societies for Children celebrate Christmas early
It is Christmas season again and giving is in the air. This year Christmas celebrations started early at the Cheshire Homes Societies for Children with disabilities in which a party was thrown for 120 physically and mentally challenged children. The party was assisted by missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ; who help play with the children and attended to their other needs.
The essence of this party was to give these children a platform to have fun! Speaking in an interview with the host Jo Pope, she expressed that disabled children live a very tough life and are often stigmatized due to their disability. She urged parents of physically challenged children to take their children to the hospital for physiotherapy at a young age because it enables the possibility of the bones to be corrected. She emphasized that living with a disability is not a punishment but is simply something that is and should not be rejected by society. “we should show the disabled love and care because they are as special as we are.”
The party was filled with a merry atmosphere as the kids danced and sang songs while others played around the little play park and jumped around in a jumping castle without gravity being a problem. The children burst out with much excitement when surprised by the performances by Zambia’s popular artists Jk, Pompi, Slap D and Uncle Rex and the Band who set the kids in a fiesta as they danced and sang along to the songs performed by the artists such as pistol by Jk, no rent and Giant Killer by Pompi, Kuichaila by Slap D and some Reggae Jams by Uncle Rex and the Band.
There is so much that one can learn from these children, it is clear that most privileged abled people know very little about people living with disabilities. Among the children one can easily spot remarkable traits like confidence, kindness and humility. They are so friendly and fun to be around, and their magnificent attitudes toward life is something that’s so admirable and is a remarkable quality that some many individuals today lack. During the party, The Global Zambian Magazine interviewed a 10 years old boy named Ernest Phiri, he expressed his excitement about the party and was grateful to everybody that came to celebrate with them, like anybody else he has dreams for the future and aspires to become a soldier in the army when older.
The Cheshire homes for the disabled Children have been hosting these parties for three years now and they hope that people out there will change their perception on children with disabilities and treat them with love and kindness just like they would anybody else.