Support For Disadvantaged Children
What We Do
What We Do
Children who are born with disabilities face enormous challenges on Dominica.
Medical facilities in Dominica are not equipped for specialty pediatric surgery and so Lifeline supports The Dove Club families that they can travel to St Vincent to visit specialist clinics in collaboration with the World Pediatric Programme.
Children who are relocated or fostered due to fire or disaster, parental illness or death, or family crisis are especially at risk. We aim to find long-term sponsors which necessitates monthly visits with the children; this has proved to be a significant strategy in preventing abuse.
Lifeline also collaborates with Ready, Willing Enable and the Achievement Learning Centre to organize "day camps," often with support from Peace Corps and US volunteers who are on island.
About Dove Club
The Dove Club is a group of parents whose children are all patients of the World Pediatric Programme (WPP). This organization sends volunteer doctors to St Vincent to run Specialty Clinics. for children who have congenital challenges such as spina bifida, cerebral palsy, heart, neurological and urological problems for which there are no medical specialists based in Dominica. The programme also specializes in orthopedic problems such as scoliosis for which there is a surgical procedure that can be completed within a week’s stay.
The Dominican Government funds the children's tickets and the WPP sponsors the actual medical intervention costs. Parents have to raise their own flight money and pay for their accommodations in St Vincent.
Hassy, after leg surgery in St Vincent through the World Pediatric Programme. Thank you George & Angela Kent for your wheelchair donation!