“When I learned that Christina will not be an “average child” I thought that in addition to her mum, I am going to be her only teacher. When my little girl was 4 years old, somebody told me that there is a school for Christina…
…and perhaps it is time I trust and share with someone else her education and care. In September 2010, having many reservations, doubts and fears, I sent Christina to Hatzipaterion Foundation RCCCP, to the day care program. A young girl introduced herself as “Christina’s teacher” – words that I never expected to hear about my little girl- and told me that “her biggest reward shall be, in the long term, her student recognizing her in the crowd”. These words laid my reservations to rest. A few days later, my Christina brought me her school bag and happily got on the school bus. I had no longer doubts…
We spent three very beautiful and creative years at RCCCP, and I say “we spent”, because I participated in the Parent’s Consultation Team. With the help of the discreet pair of RCCCP’s psychologist and social worker as team guide, I realized I am not alone in this… “journey”, that life is beautiful too and that it is never too late to find real friends – fellow travelers with whom, even though our children now attend different schools, we have lots to talk about and do together!
What did I ask for? A school for Christina… What did I get? A family and a big embrace… I sent a baby to RCCCP and I got back a different child… a little girl with her bag full of important provisions to be able to give it a try in another educational framework, less protected!
About the teacher who for three years never giving up on my “difficult” little girl… a diamond for RCCCP… whatever I say is not enough; but also all those who worked with Christina on her treatment, personal care and transportation, not only they were good professional people but real humane as well!
Thank you very much — for showing up just at the moment when I needed to entrust the care of my child to someone else — for not having to lower my expectations for what you offered to my and to my child and for not forgetting being humane even when your efforts were not sufficiently rewarded.”_
— The Mom of Christina Kollia / 2013
“It’s been almost 6 years and 3 months since the day our son Sotiris was born. What should we remember between now and then, the hospitals, the surgeries, the worries, the tears…
…Definitely what we shall never forget is the time we spent at Hatzipaterion Foundation. Sotiris started physiotherapy at RCCCP at the age of 7 months and occupational therapy 2 months later. All that is now just water under the bridge and he was admitted to the Center’s Day Educational Program and continued his therapy. Every morning when the school bus arrived to pick him up, he was very happy. The driver and the attendant always waited for him with a smile and love. The same goes for the other drivers and attendant. At the center, the toilet assistant patiently took care of him. We do not want to remember what our son went through but we always keep in mind the invaluable contribution of the center’s team because it is due to them that Sotiris has reached this point. They did not just provide their services but also embraced us with love and concern.
We are a family of six, yet Sotiris considers RCCCP as his family. Communication and cooperation with the team have been major catalyst in supporting our child with strength and patience. A child that could not stand straight and eat until the age of 4 can now run and eat by himself! I could simply say that it is a miracle but this would be unfair to the work that these people have put into it and to Sotiris’ strength and effort. Our feelings are mixed, joy and sadness, gratitude and awe. A big thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all the people of the center who contributed, each in their own way, to Sotiris’ progress!!!”
— Abraham and Eleni Demiris / 2013
“My daughter Anastasia is an 8 year-old child with cerebral palsy. She attends for the past 4 years the day care program at Hatzipaterion Foundation RCCCP. When we visited for the first time the Hatzipaterion Center,…
…I remember there was nothing that I liked, it looked unwelcoming and everything seemed difficult. How will she get here? Where will she sit? How is she going to eat? What if she’s drowsy? What if she coughs? What if she cries? What if she’s ill?
Obviously I was not at all ready to leave my child in any framework. The people at the foundation very politely had an answer or even better, they had a solution to everything. I did not trust them. They allowed me to make myself suffer outside the classroom for about three months, with extreme patience and real concern. Don’t worry, they used to tell me, it’s the adjustment period.
It was I who needed the adjustment because Anastasia adapted much quicker, she socialized and started developing relationships not only with her therapists and the teachers but also with her fellow students. Four years later, my daughter is still happy there and strives every day for the better because that is what she sees everyone around her doing at school.
I would like to thank all the people at Hatzipaterion Center for the love and care they show to our children.”
— Athena Karoussi / 2013