Bongi Mente, Indiphile’s mom, has been a part of the Sabrina Love family and a classroom facilitator at Die Sterreweg since 2016.
Bongi, ” I am a classroom facilitator to the Rainbow Class – children that fall between the age group of 10 – 16 years. We teach them self help skills ,and do lots of lovely educational activities. I also work with the children that are in buggys*. I love to stimulate those kids it is easy for me to work with those kids.“
Indi, an only child, celebrated his 9th birthday on Wednesday and has been a student at Die Sterreweg since he was 3 years old.
Indi has cerebral palsy and has very limited ability to mobilize. He is able to roll by himself and sit for a few seconds. These are really great goals he’s achieved but he isn’t able to crawl, get up or walk.
As children with cerebral palsy grow and develop movement becomes harder for them and Indi in particular is a very big boy and is therefore completely dependent on his mom for all his needs.
Indi is such a happy healthy boy. Bongi is a really inspiring single mom who motivates the other parents and she is such an asset to the foundation.
To make it easier for her to safely transfer him from his wheelchair to bath/bed and vice versa they would really benefit from a hoist. This will help prevent Bongi from overstraining her back when lifting Indi. As he continues to grow, we would like to enable Bongi to continue to care for him independently.
Should you wish to assist in procuring a hoist to help Bongi, please click on the link and use the reference “Bongi and Indi”.
For more information on the items to assist Bongi and Indi
*Buggy – A buggy is a type of specialized wheelchair that has customized postural support. Good positioning in a buggy helps the child with Cerebral Palsy participate in functional activities and prevents deformities from developing.