At the end of August we celebrated the first anniversary of our Fundacion. It was a happy occasion, the more so because we are very grateful for what we were given to achieve this year. We made progress at our Home, in our Activities Centre, as well as in the society at large where we were able to draw attention to our work, and help people look at people with intellectually disabled persons with different eyes.
Of course this would not have been possible without people like you who have given financial support. We’d love to share with you some mainly photographic impressions of our activities in the past year. Can we count on your continued support? Together we can really make a difference.
1st anniversary of the Ruach Foundation
Our overall mission is to contribute to fulfilling the rights of adult intellectually disabled persons in Juigalpa, Nicaragua. Our aim is to create a more human society for all.
We join forces with various organisations in Juigalpa to further enhance the position of this vulnerable population group.
The three pillars of our work are prevention, stimulation, and protection.
What was achieved in the first year of our existence?
We provide information, give advice, coach and create awareness regarding the care , needs and rights of people with a disability, to the general public, and to families who have a child with an intellectual disability.
- On average 2 persons per month seek advice
- We gave 3 interviews on local TV-channels
- We gave 4 |interviews for local radio stations
- We held a workshop with a church youth group
- The Foundation increased its visibility by a one-week event in a bookstore
- We sold piñatas in two book shops and in two small neighbourhood shops.
- We had a stall on a market, at a congress, etc.
People with an intellectual disability also have talents and deserve their place in society:
«LOOK WITH DIFFERENT EYES »
Central to this pillar is our community home. In the home 4 adults with an intellectual disability live together with their carers. Three of them have come from very precarious high-risk situations.
We are inspired by the vision and mission of the international L’Arche (The Ark) community.
Our vision: Care, stimulation and affection! Celebrate differences and learn from each other!
Coaching: learning-by-doing (there are no universities that prepare people to work with disabled people) and retreats (once in 3 months).
With the help of volunteers: (inter)national
We moved home: an opportunity for growth
Stimulation: our activities club (talleres)
Tailor-made programmes for 10 persons with an intellectual disability.; we aim to extend this service. Quality control and setting appropriate targets with parents/relatives of the participants of the activities club. Sale of workshop products (piñatas)and raising awareness in society.
We are grateful for what we reached in 2017! Therefore, we ………
- live up to our slogans: “Unity is power”
“Help me be who I really am”
- renew our effort to be a ‘light’ in the society
( because the needs are big and many…..)
- continue inviting others to help us:
if our work inspires more and more people, we will be able to make more progress in contributing to a better world, not only for intellectually disabled persons, but for every one.
More information? visit www.vivirjuntos.org