Autism Awareness Month
For the second time in a row, the national monument of Senegal le monument de la Renaissance Africaine was not lit up in blue in April to commemorate Autism Awareness month. With the threat of the coronavirus still present, CHIP-I had to devise alternative ways to celebrate the month and to continue to bring awareness.
Small stipends were given to 15 centers in Senegal to form a “jumelage” or twinning with another center to have a special activity for the children with the 2 centers working together. T shirts, snacks and bags were allotted to each center and participating children. The children produced various forms of exciting artwork. Fundraising was done at local banks, insurance companies, and private agencies and individuals to raise money for the event. Visits to the centers on the day of the activity was marked with photos.