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100 Dominican disabled children more independent

by Fundacion Cuidado Infantil Dominicano
100 Dominican disabled children more independent
100 Dominican disabled children more independent
100 Dominican disabled children more independent
100 Dominican disabled children more independent
100 Dominican disabled children more independent
100 Dominican disabled children more independent
100 Dominican disabled children more independent
100 Dominican disabled children more independent
100 Dominican disabled children more independent
100 Dominican disabled children more independent
100 Dominican disabled children more independent
100 Dominican disabled children more independent
100 Dominican disabled children more independent
100 Dominican disabled children more independent
100 Dominican disabled children more independent
100 Dominican disabled children more independent
100 Dominican disabled children more independent
100 Dominican disabled children more independent
100 Dominican disabled children more independent
100 Dominican disabled children more independent
100 Dominican disabled children more independent
100 Dominican disabled children more independent
100 Dominican disabled children more independent
100 Dominican disabled children more independent
Amanda with one of her sisters
Amanda with one of her sisters

Amanda

Amanda was born with Down's Syndrome in November 2018 and her parents did not recieve any orientation about how to stimulate her development for 8 months. Then her mother was referrred to our Foundation by another parent in the program and enrolled in the home visiting program. The home visitor Mella started to work with her mother once per week, explaining about the Down's Syndrome condition and all the additional problems it can bring along, therefore she advised the parents to go for a medical consult and keep following up. At the same time Mella started to evaluate Amanda and show her mother every week a specific activity to stimulate Amanda in different developmental areas. Amanda was a very floppy little girl, did not make any sound, did not even roll over and had no head control.

Now after being in the program only 5 months, Amanda has good head control, can roll over and even sit up by herself, is repeating syllables, says even a few words, indicates her likes and dislikes and even applauds!   The next thing her mother is teaching her is to wave gooodbye with ther little hand.

Good progress thanks to the Portage program, the mother's stimulation and Mella's guidance in this process!

 

A triplet tells her story

Hello my name is Lizyermi. I was born in December 2010 with my two triplet sisters Lizyersi and Lizyenni. My brother Yelson was at that time receiving home visits from aunty Joselin, but already finishing the program when we were 4 years and 10 months old. It was Mummy who asked the supervisor to evaluate our development at the end of 2015, because she observed that we did not act like other children of our age. According to the evaluation I had the developmental level of a 2 1/2 year old child, instead f that of my real age. But that did not interest me really, I just had fun with my sisters. But Mummy was concerned that we did not know our colors, count, or put on our clothes and our vocabulary was very poor.

We live in a rural area, an lucky for us opposite a school. Aunty Joselín made sure Mummy made us go to school and aunty Joselin started visiting and playing with us every week and left homework for our mother to continue to play with us the same way. We did not always  cooperate, but Joselin and Mummy tried to make it a lot of fun and we started to enjoy the activities and games more and more and we started to pay also more attention at school and understand more about what the teacher was talking about. But we still had us repeat two grades twice. 

Thanks to the dedication of my Mummy and Joselin, two of us we have by now achieved all the objectives of the Portage program that goes until the age of 6 years. LizYersi has already finished and I will soon finish. It was really aunty Joselin and Mummy that taught us to read and write, because the teacher at school did not have enough time to sit with us.

Now in 2020, aunty Joselin will continue visiting to help LizYenni who is still struggling with her letters and some other things.

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I hope you enjoyed reading the stories of the 4 girls above and we from the Fundación Cuidado Infantil Dominicano would like to thank you for your support of our programs! It is very much appreciated!!

Triplets first Christmas party in the program
Triplets first Christmas party in the program
Triplets 4 years later with Joselin
Triplets 4 years later with Joselin
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Cesar
Cesar

Cesar was born with mild to moderate cerebral palsy. He went to special education for 7 years, but as there was no other place for him to go afterwards, he just stayed at home without doing anything at all. Thus Cesar and his parents were very happy to learn of the group for adolescents and young adults with disabilities that our foundation started up in 2016 just around the corner. Cesar was 20 when he joined the group. He had already learned to read and write a little and to communicate with rather unclear speech. He was a very shy young man and would not move from his seat or place where he was standing unless you literally would take him by the hand and lead him to the next place and tell him what to do. Now, after being at the group for 3 years, he will go and greet everyone in the group when he arrives!  He is a more social active young man, contributing more with the group and with his work. He is dynamic and imitates the activities of his teammates, dances, sings and plays ball, although with difficulty, but he still joins in with all the group activities and all the others in the group cheer him on.

Junior was 16 when he joined the same adolescent group as Cesar in 2016. He is living in a group home from the Lutheran church, and with 3 more of the young people living in the home he attends the group. His left arm is paralyzed, his left leg a little affected and he has no speech, but that has not held him back doing work for which he needs both hands, he tries and tries!. He loves coloring which he does very nicely within the lines.  He was also very timid when he joined the group and it was hard for him to make friends. But ever since he has learned to communicate more with his peers, in a way they understand, he has become an active group member. Above all, he loves to play basketball and soccer. He is very cooperative, kind and always smiles.

As we are coming up to the Christmas season, both Cesar and Junior are looking forward to the yearly rehearsal of the drama of Christ's birth. You can see them in the picture below: Cesar is the tall shepherd in the front and Junior is the (gray) donkey in the back.

We would like to thank you for your continuous support that helps young people with disabilities like Cesar and Junior become useful members of the Dominican society.

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas season and celebration, good health and many blessings.

Junior
Junior
Drama rehearsel Christmas story
Drama rehearsel Christmas story
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Jarles
Jarles

Every child and adolescent in our programs is so very different!  But with such great potential, that you would not expect meeting them the first time. Today I want you to get to know Jarles.

Jarles arrived at the adolescents program when he turned 12 and he had such serious problems, that the psychologist was not sure he would be able to fit in. He was not socializing, not paying attention to or collaborating with anything. He sat where he was told and there he was.

In the 6 months he has been in the Pekin group, he has changed little by little: He already socializes a little with the others, collaborates with putting and stowing the chairs and the tables and tries to attend and understand what is being said to him. He asks to go to the bathroom when he needs it.

His mother is very happy with his progress because she knows that her son needs to learn to be more independent and at home he did not have much opportunity to socialize with other people his age. In the group picture you can see him as a member of an outing with two groups of teenagers with disabilities to the monument in the middle of our town Santiago de los Caballeros.

And then we have a twin telling you their story:

We were born as a twin in the year 2006. When we were 4 years old, we had grown up into very wild and unruly boys and our mother was told that we had something like a "Disorder on the Spectrum of Autism". We developed a special language between the two of us and only our mother could understand us a little. We also liked moving around all the time and touching everything and getting into trouble.

Upon receiving visits from a home visitor from the Fundación Cuidado Infantil Dominicano, we began to learn to obey more and to speak better even though it was very little by little. Because our own language was much easier. She also taught us many other fun things like coloring, painting cutting and making displays. When they opened a special classroom in the local school, we attended there as well, but we really learned to write and read with the home vistor who is also a twin. She kept visiting us to support our mother to manage us better. First we wanted to write only very large like putting 3 enormous letters on one sheet, but now we can write on a line and even take dictation! We can also read words. We even learned to sing and we love it!!  We are a lot more independent now with looking after ourselves at home and helping with chores! Thanks to the dedication of the home visitor Carmen Luisa we have started to go to the adolescent group now also since the beginnig of this year.

There are about 36 adolescents and young people with disabilities in the 4 groups we run in 4 different locations.  Often progress is slow, but we celebrate the changes and the youngsters themselves enjoy coming to the groups.

Thanks to your continuous support we are able to continue our work with children en adolescents that live with different kinds of disabilities.

Jarles during a trip to the monument
Jarles during a trip to the monument
Danelvis
Danelvis
Daneurys
Daneurys
The twins during Play Therapy session
The twins during Play Therapy session

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Luis learning to sort by categories
Luis learning to sort by categories

Mum, there is Ada at the door!  I shouted to my mother, as I am always very happy to see her!  My name is Luis and I am 14 years old and I live with my mother, three brothers and a sister. When I was 7 years old, I started to stumble and fall a lot. So much, I could no longer attend school and had to pass my time at home.

Around this time my mother met Idenia a supervisor from the Fundación Cuidado Infantil Dominicano (FCID) and decided to enroll me in the home visiting program. They got me a wheelchair and arranged for me to continue to go to school so I could keep learning and also go for medical consults. But after my family moved a year ago, my mum stopped sending me to school, so I am grateful that Ada comes around every week to help me learn things I did not understand much at school. like geometric figures, add, multiply, coloring within the lines and many other things.  She has taught my mother the exercises that I need to do daily to keep my legs flexible. Some I can do by myself and for others I need some help!

Now Ada is talking to me going to see if they can get me to a group of young persons with a disability that meet two mornings in the week and are learning the same things I am struggling with. I am looking forward to that, because staying at home is rather boring, even when I do help my mum with some of the chores at home. We just need to sort out the transportation problem!

Twelve year old Lismary  has been going  for about 9 months now to the same group that Luis hopes to join soon. She lives in a place called Yaguita de Pastor and she also went to the public school in her neighborhood since she was little.  But when she was 11 she had not learned much, because they had just moved her with the rest of the students to the next class without her understanding what was being taught! 

Her mother also heard about our programs and decided to enroll Lismary in the adolescent group. This was great, because the group is small and she was the second girl in the group.  Her mother and even the same coordinator-psychologist Dulce is now really amazed by the progress she has made in such a short period:  Because she is now able to read, write simple sentences and does simple math, and many other simple skills like cutting corners with scissors, knowing the important dates the Dominican Republic celebrates in the year and many other things.  None of this had she been able to learn at school!  Another thing that happened is that her shyness has disappeared and she has become an happy and active participant in the group activities! Both her mother and Llismary are very happy with her progress!

We at FCID are very grateful for your support during the past year during which we were able to visit 97 children in their homes and work with 31 adolescents and young persons living with a disability in 4 groups!  We were able to keep the programs going and took a step in faith increasing the staff salaries to a little more dignified level in 2019.

We look forward to your continuous support as we would like to enroll more children and adolescents in our programs, so they can become also less dependent on their families and will be able to live a full and worthy life!! THANK YOU!

Lismary
Lismary
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Angel fitted in walker
Angel fitted in walker

“Please come pick up the walker, because Angel does not need it anymore”, said his mother Sofia to the community health worker Nurys last month. It was only a year ago that Angel received the walker through the cooperation with the Creighton University Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy students and faculty that have been working with our organization evaluating the children in our Community Inclusion program each year for the past 20 years! They also bring aids like wheelchairs, walkers and splints and take an afternoon to fit them for the children they have an appropriate aid for.

Angel has a shunt placed because his head cannot drain its liquid by its self and is generally delayed in his development! He was 6 and a half when the family enrolled in the program and he got the walker about a month later and now a year later he walks by himself, holds his bottle, can pay enough attention to play interactively and is learning to be more obedient. Because Angel has also a mild form of autism it is hard for him to eat anything solid. His mother is working hard to change this slowly.

As Angel is now walking by himself, his mother is now teaching him not to touch things, which now became the next challenge in the home! During the home visits he sits on her lap or is engaged in an activity, otherwise he would be walking about, and when possible outside, which is still safe as there is very little traffic on the narrow dirt alley where they live in a semi rural setting and all the neighbors know him!

Grateful for the assistance of Nurys and the big strides in Angel's development, Angel's mother pays close attention during the weekly visits so she understands exactly how to stimulate her son during the coming week in learning a new skill and becoming a little bit more independent.

Our work with children like Angel has been able to continue in 2018 because of your donations!

We appreciate you have chosen our project to support!

 

In 2019 we will continue to work with at least 100 children with developmental delays in 2019, and thank you for making this possible!!

Mother learning a new skill to be taught
Mother learning a new skill to be taught
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Fundacion Cuidado Infantil Dominicano

Location: Santiago de los Caballeros - Dominican Republic
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Trudy Bekker
Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic
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