Nov 5, 2018

"God means you need to love others too!"

Estarlin
Estarlin

Stumble into one of the four new adolescent groups of our Community Inclusion Program, and you’ll see teens with disabilities working through a simple math problem , learning to recognize and draw different shapes, or sounding out words such as “mama” and “papa.” You may find a few practicing fine motor skills by threading a string through a toy, or you may see them working together as a team to play a game, clapping and cheering on each of their peers—regardless if they “win” or “lose.” If you’re lucky and happen upon the group Estarlin is in, you may even catch a glimpse of his Michael Jackson impression and dance moves.

Estarlin has made great strides in improving his social skills and patience by being in the adolescent group. He is often found helping out others in his group, and his language is improving now that he is in a group where he can talk to his peers more often. If they don’t understand him, he will work harder to pronounce better.
“I joined the program to do more for myself,” Estarlin told us. And later, he sweetly said, “When God says ‘You need to love me,’ he means you need to love others, too.”

The adolescent groups started in January 2016 as part of the Community Inclusion Program. Meeting twice a week for four hours at a time, adolescents have a chance to build on the skills they may already have and learn new ones that may allow them to seek employment later down the line. For many, this is the closest to any type of schooling they will receive. What’s also essential to these groups, however, is the social interaction. They learn to interact with their peers through conversation and team building activities. It’s great to see how they encourage each other and interact.


Katherine, a twenty-five-year-old,has already made many new friends and has made great progress in writing and reading. She loves to use her skills in reading for her favorite book: the Bible, and off course it enables her to stay in contact with her friends by WhatsApp on her phone, but using more the audio option. And one of the highlights of her year is participating in the “Walk for the Inclusion of People with Disabilities” to celebrate December 3, the international day of persons with disabilities, describing it as an “unforgettable experience.”

The adolescent group she attends is at walking distance from her house, an important factor that we always consider when placing students for safety but also so they can be active and get to know their own community.  Katherine loves to sing and is always ready to perform when the 4 groups meet together and in her church!


“Without this program, students like Estarlin may just be wandering the streets and could get involved with criminal groups. Students like Katherine would just be hanging around in her home, probably being a nuisance to herself and her family, because that is what most of them were through boredom before they joined the groups. Now they have a reason to “earn” going to the group and the parents use this thankfully to make them help out in their homes more also, giving them more responsibilities and making them less bored.


That is why we are so very grateful for your support, that help us run 4 of these groups and help the young people with disability (slowly) develop their skills.

Katherine singing
Katherine singing
Aug 2, 2018

Knowing how to talk helps!!

Andrew pairing things that belong together
Andrew pairing things that belong together

My name is Andrew and I was born on April 30, 2011, I live with my parents Antonia and Alcenio and I have two brothers, one from my mom and one from my dad. I am the smallest of the three. I was born with problems and after some tests it turned out that I had trouble listening and that's also why I was not talking.

My parents heard of the work of the Fundación Cuidado Infantil Dominicano (FCID) from a mother of another child and they enrolled me in their home visiting program. The workers also helped me to got hearing aids and to enroll me in the deaf school. Aunt Adalgisa visited me weekly teaching me many games like making pairs, know my colors, count etc. and offcourse with the pronunciation of words like mummy, water, milk, etc. Little by little she helped me with speech therapy and now I can pray and pronounce everything. I am also doing well in the school for the deaf!

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Hi, I'm Jailyn and I'm 10 years old. My mummy Rosario and my dad Felix were worried about me when I was 8 years old, because I had problems learning in school, playing with other children and socializing in general. They invited an aunty from the Fundación Cuidado Infantil Dominicano to came to play with me. I did not participate much, but my mom repeated the same activities with me daily and even though I did not participate much initially, I learned many things like awaiting my turn, remembering my address and telephone number, putting laces in my shoes, and the best of all: talking, since I did not say much and had a lot of trouble to pronounce words as well.

Now I like to go to school even got some friends and though I still do not understand everything they teach me there, I'm proud to be in the 3rd grade!

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Thanks to your support, The Fundación Cuidado Infantil Dominicano can employ 8 community rehabilitation workers and 2 supervisors  that  weekly visit 80 homes with schildren with developmental delays orienting the parents in how to stimulate their optimal development!

The same workers work also with a groups of adolescents in 4 different communities. A total of 26 adolescents that have not had a chane to gto to school participate in these groups. Our Psychologist oversees their indivicual wakr assignments

 

Jailyn learning how to write
Jailyn learning how to write

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May 22, 2018

The chances life gives us!

Delfina & Aneudy in 1994
Delfina & Aneudy in 1994

Delfina Polanco and her son Aneudy

Aneudy enrolled into our community inclusion program in 1994 because of a moderate general developmental delay. His mother Delfina became one of the first five Community Rehabilitation Workers of our community home visiting program the same year. She had finished only 6 years of primary school. After working with her son she was able to enroll him in the local school and at a certain point she decided to go back to school herself in order to be able to help Aneudy with his homework. Both of them ended up graduating from high school in 2005!

Since then Aneudy has been working many different jobs. Most likely his immaturity and the negative influence of his friends in his community did not help him much. But things changed for the better when he landed his present job as a night guard. His mother is happy that he has finally come to a healthy routine in his life and he and his girlfriend are expecting their first children, twins!  Delfina has been working as a supervisor in our program for more than 12 years now and supervised the work with hundreds of families in and around her community.

 

Malfi 

Community Rehabilitation worker Rosa Julia came to the supervision meeting last Friday and told us very enthusiastically that one of the 8 children with disabilities she visits weekly, had made a significance advance in his development!

Malfi is the 3 year old son of 28 year old Mayelin, who herself used to receive visits from the our home visiting program between 1992 and 1997, because of a moderate general delay in her development.

This might have been the reason why she never took her 3 year old son to any medical or rehabilitation department to get a diagnosis, until Rosa Julia got involved.

Malfi enrolled in our home visiting program only 3 months ago with a mild form of Cerebral Palsy. He was sort of crawling and now he has been taking his first steps!! This was celebrated by his mother and the rest of the family and even the neighbors were amazed with his progress in such a little time! Great work  by both Rosa and Mayelin in stimulating Malfi's general development!

 

Your donations continue to support 100 mothers like Delfina y Mayelin by offering them orientation, special techniques and counseling for the optimal development of their children!

Thanks to your support, children like Aneudy, Mayelin and Malfi are and will be included in the Dominican society as persons with equal rights  And alongside 14 other organizations for or of persons with disabilities, we are working towards them having equal chances also!!

 

Aneudy in his uniform ready to go to work
Aneudy in his uniform ready to go to work
Mayelin and her son Malfi
Mayelin and her son Malfi

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