Geremie

Educational support

Date of birth

February 12th, 2015

Start of care

April 2020

Medical history

Congenital glaucoma

His story

Geremie’s father died in December 2018 in a motorcycle accident. His mother is alone to take care of her 4 children. When we first met her, she was cultivating a small plot of land to be able to survive, but this was not enough to provide for her children and to ensure enough food for everyone. We first supported her through food supplies, and we then financed the start of a business, in order to help her become financially independent. 

Geremie and his brother Emmanuel are both visually impaired. They have had congenital glaucoma since birth, for which we are financing their ophthalmic treatments. We also cover their tuition fees in a specialized school in Lomé, so that they can benefit from an education adapted to their handicap.

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Project and main actions

  • Preventive and comfort care for glaucoma: eye drops.
  • Monthly food supplies, followed by the founding of a business for his mom, in order to help her become financially independent.
  • Providing access to a specialized school for the visually impaired in Lomé.

Updates

June 19th, 2022

Emmanuel and Geremie have now returned home for the school vacations! They are excited to be back with their mom and siblings, with whom they will spend the summer. We will see them at the center every week during the animations and tutoring classes, when they will continue to practice Braille. Their mom is delighted to have them back for such a long time, and we have already started to discuss the upcoming school year. Indeed, we will continue to finance their schooling at the Centre Polyvalent Saint Augustin, a specialized school for visually impaired children, in Lomé.⁠

April 18th, 2022

Geremie suffered from acute otitis media and eye pain. His eyes got swollen after he hurt himself while playing. We treated him at the center, and he is now doing much better. We also received Geremie and Emmanuel’s school grades. They respectively ranked first and second in their classes!

February 22nd, 2022

Emmanuel and Geremie are both doing great! We visited them at their school for visually impaired children in Lomé, where we met with one of their teachers. They are both very dedicated to their studies and are making a lot of progress. Emmanuel was in the middle of a sports class and Geremie was surrounded by all his friends!⁠

January 30th, 2022

Emmanuel and Geremie visited us after their week of school! They are both doing very well. Emmanuel showed us how to use the cubarithm, a tool he uses at school. It consists of a grid and cubes with numbers and mathematical symbols written in Braille. It is used to perform calculations and create simple geometric shapes. Both are very enthusiastic about their school!

January 21st, 2022

Geremie is now cured of malaria and is doing great! His tests showed anemia, for which we are now treating him. He was thrilled to go back to school this week!⁠

January 7th, 2022

Geremie and Emmanuel are doing great. We visited them at school this week. They received the results of the last term, and Emmanuel is at the top of his class! ⁠

November 25th, 2021

We visited Geremie and Emmanuel’s mom while she was selling at the market. Her business is doing well, and she is delighted to have her financial independence today. We also went to see Geremie and Emmanuel, who seem very happy in their new school. The Braille classes are going well, and the boys continue to make great progress! ⁠

October 30th, 2021

As every two weeks, we went to pick up Geremie and Emmanuel in Lomé, so they could spend the weekend with their family. These reunions are always very emotional for their mom, who is very happy that her children are now attending school. Geremie and Emmanuel are both making a lot of progress. They have made friends and are delighted with their new school life! ⁠
They joined us at the center this Saturday for tutoring. Emmanuel took dictation with the other students, and Geremie got to practice on a Braille book, recently brought by one of our donors 🥰 ⁠

October 19th, 2021

Geremie and Emmanuel had a great start to the school year! Emmanuel is making a lot of progress, and Geremie even skipped a grade, given his abilities. Thanks to the classes he took at the center with our teacher Eli, he can already read Braille well. ⁠We have recently financed the start of a business for their mom, to help her become financially independent. She has started selling Liha, a drink she makes from corn and sorghum, and small jewelry at the market. We were delighted to see that her business has started very well! ⁠

October 1st, 2021

Emmanuel and Geremie had their first week at the specialized school for visually impaired children in Lomé. Emmanuel received a white cane (Geremie is still too little), and we bought them their school supplies.⁠ We met the host family who will take care of the children during the weekends, and we gave them the necessary food supplies for the month.⁠ It was an emotional day for everyone. The mom told us that she never imagined that her sons would one day be able to go to school like the other children. We will organize regular home visits so that they can spend time with their family.⁠ 

September 22nd, 2021

We visited the Centre Polyvalent Saint Augustin in Lomé, a school for visually impaired children. At the time, we were planning to enroll Emmanuel there. During our meeting with the director, she reassured us and their mom that despite his young age, Geremie could also start school. We discussed this a lot with their mom, and we offered to finance the school year of her two children. She was very happy to hear that they would both have this opportunity. Geremie and Emmanuel are very motivated and can’t wait to start! We have given them all the necessary material for school and accommodation. 

June 10th, 2021

Geremie and Emmanuel’s mom, who suffered from a severe erysipelas, is doing much better. She no longer shows signs of infection and the swelling in her leg has decreased.

June 4th, 2021

Geremie and Emmanuel’s mom became seriously ill. She was in great pain and had a fever. She suffers from a serious erysipelas caused by an infection. In fact, she had injured herself in the fields a few days before. Her leg became very swollen, red and hot. We financed the treatments. Two days later, the condition of her leg had already improved. We will update you on her status very soon. We also donated the monthly food supplies for the family. 

March 31st, 2021

Emmanuel, Hope and Geremie had playful classes this week. In addition to the Braille lessons, they explored their environment while learning the French words for everyday objects. This was done with songs, which made it easier to learn. Emmanuel is progressing very quickly. He practices a lot with the Braille slate, writing the letters of the alphabet, which he knows by heart. He is now starting to read sentences in Braille! Geremie is also progressing well, he knows the whole alphabet and is starting to use the Braille slate with the help of his brother. He always makes everyone laugh during the classes. As for Hope, she is having a little more difficulty learning the letters, but she is very motivated and loves learning with her classmates!

We also carried out the monthly food supply for Geremie and Emmanuel’s family. 

February 23rd, 2021

Braille classes are going well! Emmanuel loves learning Braille, and already knows the whole alphabet by heart. He first started using a wooden board with 6 holes, and he is now practicing with a Braille slate. Geremie continues to learn the Braille alphabet and makes good progress every week. He also practices representing objects, animals and other shapes using play dough. As for Hope, she has not yet been able to grasp the tools for learning Braille writing. Eli, our teacher, is currently focusing on games, songs and exercises to teach her the French language.

February 2nd, 2021

We gave Eli the donations we received for the project and introduced them to the children. They were all happy to use these new learning tools.

Geremie already knows the Braille alphabet down to the letter “O”. He is very keen and learns quickly.

January 14th, 2021

This week, Hope and Geremie learned to greet each other in French. They have also started learning how to write the letters of the alphabet in Braille. Geremie quickly learned how to write the letters up to “H”. This takes a little longer for Hope, as she had never learned French until now.

Eli uses many tools, including play dough, so they can learn to shape different objects, such as clothes. They are very happy and proud to go to school like all the other children, and they love learning while having fun.

January 8th, 2021

Geremie and Hope had their first Braille sessions this week! They get along very well with their teacher Eli, and were thrilled to start their first classes. A room is reserved for them in our center so that they can work in the best possible conditions.

During the first sessions this week, the children discovered the tools for learning Braille. Eli introduced them to the Braille slates & styluses they will use for reading and writing.

Since Geremie and Hope are still very young (5 and 6 years old), Eli uses a lot of games to facilitate their learning. In order to animate the classes, and offer them activities appropriate to their age, Eli also teaches them songs, which they both have fun learning!

January 5th, 2021

We made the monthly supply for Geremie, Emmanuel and their family. They are all doing very well!

November 11th, 2020

Ophthalmologist consultation

We took a second opinion on the treatment of glaucoma. The doctor who received us was very empathetic but clear about their situation. Unfortunately, glaucoma is irreversible at this stage of the disease. They have been living with it for far too long, and the damage to the optic nerve is too advanced. However, to delay the progression of the disease, there are medicated eye drops, which protect the eye from ocular hypertension, responsible for the destruction of the optic nerve. These eye drops are very expensive and must be administered for the rest of their lives.

Ongoing support

In addition to the monthly food supplies that we provide for Geremie, Emmanuel and their siblings, we now finance the cost of regular follow-up consultations and the purchase of various eye drops, ophthalmic creams and physiological serums.
Geremie has not been attending school as he can hardly see anything anymore. This makes him very sad, as he often stays at home alone and bored. We are looking into giving him access to Braille classes.

October 3rd, 2020

We carried out a food supply for Geremie and Emmanuel’s family, as well as for Nestor and Natacha. Geremie and Emmanuel have been on a new treatment since last month. Emmanuel, who was complaining of headaches, told us that these have disappeared since the beginning of the treatment. We will meet them again next month for a follow-up consultation.

September 17th, 2020

Geremie and Emmanuel had an appointment with an ophthalmologist in Lomé. He examined the children and confirmed that their glaucoma is very advanced, as it was not treated from birth. The surgery is possible, but given the progress of the disease, he cannot guarantee that their vision will improve. The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia, but the clinic equipped for this kind of surgery is currently requisitioned because of COVID-19. He advised us to consult another ophthalmologist for a second opinion. In the meantime, he has prescribed more powerful eye drops to help reduce their pain. 

September 8th, 2020

We visited Geremie and Emmanuel today. Célia, who is currently in Togo, introduced herself to the children and their mom, who expressed a lot of gratitude. The roads to Lomé being now opened, we will make an appointment with the ophthalmologist this week.

July 8th, 2020

Today, our Head Nurse, Evrard, carried out the monthly food supply for Geremie, Emmanuel and their family. In addition, we gave 5,000 FCFA (7.5 euros) to their mother so that she can finance the use of the mill to grind flours as well as their use of water. We provided them with eye drops which allow Geremie and Emmanuel to hydrate their eyes and reduce their pain while they wait for an appointment with an ophthalmologist in the capital (the roads are currently closed because of Covid-19).

June 10th, 2020

We regularly bring food supplies to Geremie and Emmanuel’s family. These are composed of rice, spaghetti, oil and tomatoes.

Contact us

70A Impasse de l’Amiradou
83190 Ollioules, France

+33 6 61 73 08 64

(English contact)

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