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Sep 19, 2016

Sept 12th, The start of a New School Year

Dear Donors,

THANKS to all of you, on Sept 12th, 102 children started a new school year. All our students are receiving partial financial support, and 73 of them are receiving additional scholarships. We cannot express enough our gratitude.

We started the year with a newly designed digital induction program for teachers, individual educational programs for all our children, and a reviewed and strengthened audit and intervention process. In addition, we increased salaries at a competitive level, provided scholarships to all that requested it, and during the summer did all maintenance to our facilities.

However, due to the humanitarian crisis Venezuela is facing, this will be an exceptionally challenging school year. Creativity, your solidarity and significant commitment will be necessary to maintain our program running.

Food and medicines are scarce, and Venezuelans families are struggling to meet their children basic needs. Living conditions have significantly deteriorated during the summer due to increased insecurity and political turmoil, and galloping hyperinflation.

Recent surveys indicate that today only 40% of Venezuelans are able to eat three times a day. Basic services such as public transportation, electricity, and water are not available on a regular basis. Malaria and other diseases are spreading due to the lack of medicines and programs to fight against them.

Despite this challenge, our children, teachers and management are everyday giving their best to improve and maintain the education we provide, and our kids continue to improve. We are committed to doing our best to support them, and are designing for this school year programs to consolidate the institutional know how as well as help them meet their basic needs.

Autism is a daily labor of love. Together is possible, step by step, to overcome challenges, and continue creating opportunities.

Thank you for being part of AUTISMO EN VOZ ALTA

We truly hope that you are as excited as we are in our efforts. Your support makes it possible. You are our families best hope for this program to continue.

Jun 29, 2016

2016-2017, Looking forward thanks to you

Thanks to you
Thanks to you

Dear Donors,

THANKS to all of you, the dreams of many families are coming true! THANK YOU for your commitment, solidarity and for joining our 2016 annual fundraising effort. We cannot express enough our gratitude.

For the families we support the prospect of not being able to afford and continue the education of their children is just horrifying. Due to hyperinflation (i.e. 700% projected for this year) Venezuelan families are struggling to meet their children’s educational needs.  Thus, their best hope for this program to continue is through donors like you.

As of today, thanks to your generous contributions, our students will receive next year at least the same financial support they have received this school year.

In addition, we will be able to extend the amount and the number of scholarships we give. Imagine, more students to have hope of developing their skills towards a better and independent quality of life.  What a wonderful and exciting outlook! Today our Staff is fully engaged in processing admission and scholarship requests.

During the summer, our top management will review and strengthen our audit and intervention process to maintain the quality of our program.  In addition, our Program Director will implement the newly designed digital induction program for teachers and our Technical Director will prepare to develop the children individual educational programs. 

Autism is a daily labor of love. Together is possible, step by step, to overcome challenges, and continue creating opportunities.

Thank you for being part of AUTISMO EN VOZ ALTA. 

We truly hope that you are as excited as we are in our efforts. Your support makes it possible. 

Apr 18, 2016

Continuing our journey against the world's direst economic conditions

Venezuela is currently undergoing one of the direst macro-economic challenges in the world: over 500% year-on-year inflation (equivalent to more than the annual US inflation every day), major disruptions in food and public services supply, nation-wide energy crisis, and the highest violent mortality rate of any country in the world; As you can imagine, many families, including the ones we serve, struggle to met their basic daily needs.

While most private schools in the country have been forced to increase as of January 2016 their tuition and fees in light of the significant challenge our country is facing, we have decided to maintain this school year (i.e. 2015-2016) our current fee structure and support our families. We decided that we just can’t add to our families’ struggle; we cannot allow our kids to leave school because of financial reasons and/or not have access to the assessment they need. We must support them, and the autism community, by ensuring we keep providing access to the assessment services and education they deserve, while maintaining the educational level and impact we are known for.

In this context, we continue to be highly committed to the autism cause in Venezuela; to ensure we keep providing a specialized autism assessment and education solution to our children/teens in need. This school year we are making improvements in our assessment process, we are developing our digital induction training, we continue our staff coaching program, we have strengthened our technical department with the hiring of two specialized psychologists, and we continue improving our progress review and intervention process. The financial support we provide to all students in our specialized education program went from 31% last year to 44% this school year, and we continue to provide full and partial scholarships for as many as 60% of our population (up from 50% last year).

As you can imagine, this is only possible with the support of our donor community. We believe each skill a person with autism develops is a major step towards independence, integration and our best contribution to his/her well-being.  The smiles and relief of the parents, and the progress of our children and teens is our best reward.

We are committed to continue working with and for the autism community in Venezuela. With your support it is possible. Thank you!

 
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