When Nathan was born, he was diagnosed with a major disability before his first birthday– and a prognosis that he would not survive infancy. The fight became personal for Nathan’s parents, who refused to accept that fate for their child. Through faith, courage and determination, they lent their efforts to learning how to help their child and as they learned, they shared this with other parents to pass on the hope they were experiencing.
They formed the Nathan Ebanks Foundation on the mission to ensure that all children, particularly children with disabilities and special needs, are included, empowered and supported to access and participate in holistic development - education, intellectual, emotional, social, physical, artistic, creative and spiritual - to release their full potential. Since formation, the Nathan Ebanks Foundation has impacted more than 5,000 children and their families through training and capacity building, influenced government policy in Jamaica, contributed to the development of Jamaica’s first Disability Policy and is contributing to a national change in the treatment of children with disabilities in Jamaica. Because of this giving, Nathan and scores of children with disabilities in Jamaica, are accessing an education, and are being included in life within their communities. But Jamaica still has a very far way to go in including and supporting children with disabilities and their families. Inspired by this family's story and the work being carried out by the Nathan Ebanks Foundation (the NEF) in spite of the struggles, a group of concerned Jamaican and American women established the Nathan Ebanks Children Advocacy Group Inc. as a platform to galvanize global support to help the NEF carry out its work in Jamaica.
Come Tuesday, November 28, the Nathan Ebanks Children Advocacy Group is proud to participate in #GivingTuesday. This global day of giving invites individuals to celebrate the holiday season by giving back and creating change in their communities and their world. Your support on #GivingTuesday - and everyday – allows us to fulfill our mission to reach 2000 additional children with disabilities over the next two years. By supporting the cause, you affirm with Nathan’s parents that children with disabilities are children first, and should be given their inalienable rights to live, thrive and develop their fullest potential. They should have access to proper healthcare and supports, they should be able to attend school within their communities and not to be excluded or bullied. It is the right of every child to have protected and cherished childhood no matter what. This is our duty as a society. This is our personal and corporate commitment to change!