This project targets children with disabilities; and more specifically, the very high, and very expensive need for nappies for children with disabilities; due to incontinence of children with disabilities. This project aims to address two very important issues regarding enabling children with disabilities to receive the much needed nappies:
Raising awareness of, and encouraging participation in the nappy run(s), to address this specific need of children with disabilities;
Raising funds for nappies, and getting high quantities of nappies for children with disabilities;
Parenting children with disabilities is an expensive endeavour that has become increasingly difficult for families in the midst of an economic crisis. The necessities for a family with children with disabilities extend well beyond food, clothing, and housing.
Almost double the number of children with disabilities, compared to their typical peers, lives at or below the national poverty line.
Children with disabilities are the focus of many highly-useful programmes, support groups, organisations, and resources whose sole goal is to support those who love and care for our special needs kids. However;
How many programmers or fundraising events targets incontinence?
Bowel and urinary incontinence, which are stigmatizing and sometimes difficult-to-manage problems, are common in children with disabilities. The most common incontinence product used for children with disabilities, is diapers, or as we would like to refer to it, NAPPIES.
Nappies are very expensive, and parents of children with disabilities very often do not have the financial resources to provide in this need; especially as the financial needs regarding a child with a disability are very high. Parents of children with disabilities in rural areas do also not always have access to resources to obtain nappies.
Children with disabilities use nappies for a longer period than able bodied children. The need for nappies is therefore an ongoing need for quite some time before the child does not use it any longer: either due to (if possible) or the use of other incontinence products.
Day-care centers and residential care facilities for children with disabilities also need nappies on an ongoing basis. Nappies, or money for nappies, are the most frequently requested items from these day-care centres and residential facilities.
Due to the ever-growing fundraising responsibility of the different organisations affiliated to the NCPPDSA (all Non-Profit organisations), the necessity to address the need for nappies, or money for nappies, influenced the development of this project.