Dec 26, 2012

2012: A Successful Year for Inclusion

Inclusion, Colombia
Inclusion, Colombia

During the first trimester of 2012 we decided to join the virtual fundraising platform Globalgiving. Our goal was to work with people with disabilities through ICT trainings that develop their skills and competences in order for them to be able to take advantage of personal, familiar, social and economic development opportunities.

We gathered all the documents necessary for the Due Dilligence, accomplished the Challenge and started working to achieve our goal. During 2012 we trained more than 90 people with different disabilities, some of them are hearing impaired, some are blind, and the others have cognitive and physical disabilities.

But that´s not all, in alliance with our partners, we made a 30 hours course in a multimedia specially designed for hearing and visually impaired people. The multimedia teaches them basic concepts of the use of computers such as the use of the mouse, the different parts of the computer, the use of the keyboard, etc. This multimedia aims to be a resource in libraries and telecentres open to the public.

One of the characteristics that make our trainings special is that we´ve trained nearly 20 teachers and librarians specializing them in teaching people with disabilities. Three of our teachers have the same disabilities as theirs students, this makes the connection among them stronger and helps the understanding of the students’ needs.

The resources mobilized through Globalgiving have also served to the creation of new content such as booklets in braille and in sign language that facilitate the learning for deaf and blind students.

All this amazing work couldn’t have been possible without the support of all of our donors. We want to thank you all for sharing for the inclusion of people with disabilities in Colombia. We appreciate your help by sharing the message.

Thank you once again and ¡Happy Holidays!


Oct 2, 2012

#InclusionMakaia: a challenge with results

The project of inclusion of people with disabilities through the use and appropriation of ICT started early this year aiming to provide the benefits of technology to people with physical, cognitive, auditory and visual disabilities.

Last week we successfully completed the course of use and appropriation of ICT in the Fernando Gómez Martínez Library. There were 18 graduates with physical, cognitive and visual disabilities. The students were divided in small groups depending on their needs and their type if disability.

Luis David Elorza, one of Makaia’s teachers for digital literacy, made special emphasis during the course in the support of the academic processes that the students were going through. 

In Makaia we are very happy for being able to contribute with the development of our country through the social inclusion and the promotion of free access to knowledge and information. This is further evidence that there are no limitations for learning and that if we share with others we build a better society. 

Sep 4, 2012

Group of graduates with physical disabilities

People with physical disabilities learn to use ICT
People with physical disabilities learn to use ICT

Since early this year, Makaia launched a campaign at the GlobalGiving virtual platform that aims to mobilize resources in order to support the adoption and use of information technologies and communication, ICT, to people with hearing, visual, cognitive and physical disabilities in Colombia. 

We are pleased to announce that this week we had the graduation of 14 people who experience physical disabilities who received their certificate after twenty hours of training in the appropriation and use of ICT.

The participants of the course, which this time included wounded soldiers, could learn tools like email management, e-government tools and programs to make effective presentations. The training was also intended to strengthen the business ideas of the participants through ICT and to encourage entrepreneurship within the group.

We strongly believe that there are no limitations to learn and especially when we have amazing tools such as ICT. Generally, the attention that the population with disabilities in Colombia receives in other projects focuses on psychological support, and physical therapy. This is one of the main reasons that make our project very innovative and important to these people.

Last month, due to the great results we have had with the development of this project, and because of its high demand since its obvious relevance, we have decided to extend the project goal and begin the fundraising campaign to bring the ICT access to many more people with disabilities in Colombia.

One of our students thanks from Makaia on Vimeo.

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