Shortly after starting Seagrove Rehab Partners, Mark and Cindy had the great pleasure of meeting Renuka Harrigan, founder of the Arijah Foundation, a non-profit for children with special needs on the island of Anguilla. This country has a shortage of therapy providers compared to population need. Knowing first-hand how therapy can positively impact patients’ quality of life, it only took meeting the children once for Seagrove to feel an immediate connection and desire to help support Renuka’s efforts.
Renuka shares the following history and mission on their website, “Arijah Foundation is named after Arijah, an 11-year old girl born with a genetic condition affecting her mental and physical development. She was born on the tiny Caribbean island of Anguilla where there is little help for people with special needs. In an effort to help Arijah and others like her, we, her family formed a non-profit organization in her name to serve people living with special needs in Anguilla. Created in 2006, Arijah Foundation opened the Blossom Centre in 2010 as a place from which to provide services to help persons with special needs to blossom and reach their full potential. The foundation also offers outreach to children at all the island's schools and we do home visits if needed."
As Seagrove Rehab Partners is built on the strength of partnership, it is our sincere pleasure to partner with such a great mission. Because we spend our days helping those in long-term care, it seems fitting to give back to those at the other end of the continuum of life in order to represent our desire for all ages to have access to therapy. To that cause, a portion of Seagrove Rehab’s proceeds go directly to support Renuka in her mission.
For more information on the foundation, visit http://arijah.org and join our mailing list (link to contact form) to receive updates on clinic opportunities in the future.
In the meantime, if you have an old iPad, you may want to participate in the Arijah Foundation's A Voice of My Own Project, which uses donated iPad tablets as a tool for teaching children who cannot speak to communicate through technology. Visit http://arijah.org/services/ for more information.
The Arijah Foundation's founder, Renuka Harrigan, receiving a much-deserved award in New York this year for her accomplishments leading the non-profit.