Children with Disabilities Fund International (CDFI) is a Christian, all volunteer 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, which seeks to improve the lives of children with disabilities in developing countries.

The Need

In developing countries around the world, families of children with special needs often do not have the ability or resources to care for them at home. Many of these children are then placed in under-staffed, overcrowded and under-funded orphanages and other residential facilities.  Children with Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and other disabilities are often isolated in these environments, receiving only minimal care and attention.  There is a great need for special education services, physical, occupational and speech therapy, and vocational training.  Without addressing those needs, many children with special needs in these countries cannot thrive or reach their full potential.

The Response

In March, 2009 CDFI president, Bob Klima, first visited West Haven Children’s Home, located in a remote part of Jamaica. He was struck by the great needs of the children and the facility in which they lived.  As a result of that initial visit, Bob invited special educators, therapists and other volunteers from Virginia to go to West Haven on subsequent visits to work with the children.  Members of these teams envisioned establishing a charitable foundation in order to provide funds to help meet the enormous needs at West Haven.

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Board of Directors

Robert H. Klima, J.D.
Veronica Hope Harms, BFA
Holly Creasey
Keith Murray
Michael Harms, M. Ed.

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H. Robert Showers, Esq.,  corporate counsel
David G. Updegrove, C.P.A., corporate accountant