By Maria Savva
After being forced to close due to financial difficulties, ‘Anemoni’ the Centre for Cerebral Palsy and Handicapped Children in Ayios Dhometios in Nicosia will be reopening in September.
The charity was able to secure state support as well as help and support from donors, said Commissioner of Volunteerism Yiannis Yiannaki.
Anemoni had suspended its operation after it became impossible to cope with the economic difficulties it faced. The announcement prompted an immediate mobilisation, which succeeded in raising enough money to get the centre running again.
“Prior to closing, Anemoni had an operational expense of about €250,000 a year which will now be around €150,000 a year.
After the council’s actions we have managed to find the appropriate means of help and support from donors and the centre will be operational in September. The centre will be working closely with relevant government officials to make sure that it is receiving all the contributions it deserves,” he added.
Anemoni’s objective is to provide proper care, support, and treatment to children with special needs. It serves as a day care centre, which accommodates children with disabilities from two to fourteen years old. The disabilities vary from light to severe mobility problems, loss of hearing or vision, and learning disabilities.
Yannaki said the centre was helping around 10 children. “Volunteering is very important in our country, and I believe that with good coordination and cooperation from the state and its ministries ‘Anemoni’ is on a good path to reopen,” he said.
Volunteer Neophytos Neophytou said steps were also being taken to see if there was interest on a long- term basis to provide help to children with special needs. “We have had very positive indications and response from various sectors, individuals and organisations willing to help,” he said.