FUNDOWN CARIBE

FUNDOWN CARIBE is a private non profit organization of common utility and private enterprise, whose main objective is to facilitate an integral attention to the population with Down Syndrome in the Colombian Caribbean Coast; offering support, harness and promoting the development of the capacities of these individuals, offering an attention that improves their quality of life, to forge their autonomy and inclusion in the family, school, work and society.-Workshops, Seminars and Conferences directed to parents and guardians of kids, youngsters and adults with Down Syndrome
Dec 29, 2014

Its time to say Thank you! / Es hora de decir gracias!

Computer course
Computer course

VERSIÓN EN ESPAÑOL ABAJO

This is a time for us all to refresh our lifes and consider what is most important to us. Step by step we keep on achieving our goals and that’s why we want to show you how much we actually appreciate and feel happy for your interest and support.

From the last issued report in October we’ve made a lot of activities:  An early stimulation  workshop, a pedagogical support training for parents and a basic computer course for 22 families who received a mini laptop at the end of the course  donated by Claro Colombia Company.

Christmas celebration was amazing ! There are no words to describe it, but we have a lot of smiles to prove it. Feel free to check on them through this link. http://on.fb.me/1Bc3rV8

We would like to share with you some of the most important achievements  during 2014 about the programs you have supported . http://bit.ly/1zFuV8r

In fact, it's very satisfactory for us and  It was possible, because of your generous donations to our cause. In this regard, we thank you for your support to take our programs a step further. We will continue to keep you updated about our work and events.

We wish you a happy New Year!

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 VERSIÓN EN ESPAÑOL

Esta es una gran época para revisar nuestras vidas y considerar lo que es realmente importante para nosotros. Pas a paso seguimos cumpliendo nuestras metas y por ello queremos contarte cuanto apreciamos tu interés y apoyo.

Desde nuestro último reporte en Octubre, hemos realizado muchas actividades: Un taller de estimulación temprana, una jornada de entrenamiento en apoyo pedagógico para padres y un curso básico de computación para 22 familias, que al finalizarlo recibieron como obsequio un mini portátil donado por la empresa Claro Colombia.

La celebración de navidad fue increíble! No hay palabras para describirla, pero tenemos muchas sonrisas para probarlo. Te invitamos a revisarlas en este enlace. http://on.fb.me/1Bc3rV8

Queremos compartir contigo algunos de los logros más importantes que conseguimos durante el 2014 en los programas en los cuales nos apoyaste. http://bit.ly/13JSxuK

En efecto, todo esto es muy satisfactorio para nosotros y ha sido posible gracias a tu aporte. Por ello queremos agradecer tu contribución para llevar nuestros programas un paso más adelante. Seguiremos manteniéndote informado sobre nuestro trabajo y eventos.

 Te deseamos un feliz año!

 

family Laptop giveaway
family Laptop giveaway
Early stimulation session
Early stimulation session
Christmas celebration
Christmas celebration
Christmas celebration
Christmas celebration
pedagogical support training
pedagogical support training
Oct 31, 2014

"Yo como Tu": A visit to Fundown Caribe

The Fundown team at their home offices!
The Fundown team at their home offices!

Paige is GlobalGiving's Champion for Customer Bliss in our office in Washington, DC. During a trip to Colombia, she had the chance to visit some of GlobalGiving's projects. Here is her postcard from the field.

When I arrived in Barranquilla to meet with Martha and Fundown Caribe’s team, I was greeted by the city’s infamous arroyos or rivers that form in streets during storms. For the several hours of torrential rains, Barranquilla slows to a stand still except for the kids running out to play in the flooded roads. Martha had planned on taking me to their event that day, an awareness building booth set up in the large and high-traffic mall in the center of town. However, the rains meant that the event was, sadly, going to be postponed to another day.

The good news is I was still able to meet with Martha and her team at their offices! Fundown’s offices are neat, clean, and multipurpose – some rooms have areas for young children to learn and play, others are set up as learning centers, and still others have medical supplies for the occasional check up days that Fundown Caribe organizes. What was most interesting about the office was that it is not a “center.”

“We do not keep kids here – we are not a care center. We are here to raise awareness about Down Syndrome in the community!”

And this is the amazing part about Fundown Caribe! They work hard to inform people that Down Syndrome isn’t the “disease” they think it is. Instead, the team works to let people know of the rights of those with intellectual disabilities, that they can learn and understand, and that the dignity of these individuals should be respected and protected! However, advocacy is hard to sell, especially when you’re working to treat your beneficiaries with respect. “People want to see sad photos,” Martha explains, “and we refuse to do that. We are here to show how those with Down Syndrome are the same as you and me!”

And indeed she is right! I was able to see all of the printed material they’ve been using, get an insight into the workshops offered to parents and teachers, and share ideas on how GlobalGiving can further help them with their work.

I even got the pleasure of meeting with Kristi, one of Fundown Caribe’s spokespeople! Kristi is bright and fun, an artist who loves music and is working at a publication. She also happens to have Down Syndrome. She’s a perfect example of the achievements Fundown Caribe – she’s an active member of a society that is sometimes not so accepting of someone who seems different than them, and she’s working with Fundown to help promote and continue their work! 

Oct 22, 2014

Por que necesitamos capacitar a los educadores? / Why we need to train teachers?

Conferencia para educadores / Teachers Conference
Conferencia para educadores / Teachers Conference

ENGLISH VERSION BELOW

La necesidad de formación de nuestros educadores , es una misión ineludible, ya que sólo en la medida en que los dotemos de herramientas que les permitan realizar su labor pedagógica con la debida pertinencia que requieren las personas con discapacidad, lograremos una verdadera inclusión educativa. 

 Durante el mes anterior realizamos un ciclo de formación con la particiación de 70 maestros de escuelas públicas y privadas, quienes durante 2 jornadas tuvieron la oportunidad de aprender sobre la flexibilización curricular, los programas individuales de educación y la implementación de centros de aprendizaje en el aula regular.

Así mismo pudimos acercarnos y compartir un taller con un grupo de  15 educadoras del Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar, quienes atienden niños en Hogares comunitarios.

Necesitamos de tu apoyo para  incrementar la inclusión de estudiantes con síndrome de Down y discapacidad cognitiva y para disminuir las  tasas de deserción escolar en nuestra comunidad. 

Haz clic aquí para conocer el estado actual de la inclusión educativa en la región Caribe Colombiana.

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ENGLISH VERSION

The need for training of our educators is an unavoidable mission, since only to the extent that we equip them with tools that enable them to perform their educational tasks with due relevance that persons with disabilities require, we will achieve a true educational inclusion.

During the past month we conducted a training course with the participation of 70 teachers in public and private schools for 2 days, who had the opportunity to learn about the curricular flexibility, individual education programs and implementation of learning centers in the classroom regularly.

Also we could share a workshop with a group of 15 educators from El Instituto Colombiano del Bienestar Familiar ICBF, who help children in community homes.

We need your support to increase the inclusion of students with Down syndrome and cognitive disabilities and to reduce dropout rates in our community.

 Click here to check the current status of inclusive education in the Colombian Caribbean region.

Taller en el ICBF/ community Home workshop
Taller en el ICBF/ community Home workshop
Taller implementacion centros de aprendizaje
Taller implementacion centros de aprendizaje

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