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Letter to Our Donors
There are many health issues that children and young adults face that can cause devastation to families especially middle income or poor families throughout a life time. If I asked you to guess what type of devastation I am talking about I am sure you would say cancer, heart disease, obesity etc. Actually, it's none of the above. How would you feel if you or a loved one were in this situation? The United States and Africa have a silent crisis: mental Illness and physical disability.
For the past centuries children and young adults in America and in the rest of the world have died prematurely due to short life expectancy caused by mental illness and physical disability and lack proper of treatment. This disease is being ignored because families hit by it are ignorant and do not want to expose the condition of their loved ones and feel it is a shame to have a child that doesn't look normal. Mental illness is caused by a combination of genetic, biological, psychological, and environmental factors not personal weakness or a character defect. Nearly 1 in 5 people in the U.S has a disability according to the Census Bureau Reports.
Mental illness and physical disability is expected to continue to torment families because most parents aren't educated, especially those in Africa who prefer to hide their children and wait for death to take them away, the cost for effective treatments and therapies to the disabled children that they must have on a daily basis and the cost to acquire the equipment is very high and moreover, health insurance in America does not cover the total cost. In Africa, health insurance does not cover these types of diseases or it doesn't exist at all.
This is why we at Caring Hearts Advocates have made a decision to create a 501 c (3) non-profit organization that aims at breaking the silence and creating positive interventions and taking the fight against mental illness and physical disability in children and young adults making a positive change in their lives. [Read more]