100 Dominican special needs kids more independent

by Fundacion Cuidado Infantil Dominicano
100 Dominican special needs kids more independent
100 Dominican special needs kids more independent
100 Dominican special needs kids more independent
100 Dominican special needs kids more independent
100 Dominican special needs kids more independent
100 Dominican special needs kids more independent
100 Dominican special needs kids more independent
100 Dominican special needs kids more independent
100 Dominican special needs kids more independent
100 Dominican special needs kids more independent
100 Dominican special needs kids more independent
100 Dominican special needs kids more independent
100 Dominican special needs kids more independent
100 Dominican special needs kids more independent
100 Dominican special needs kids more independent
100 Dominican special needs kids more independent
100 Dominican special needs kids more independent
100 Dominican special needs kids more independent
100 Dominican special needs kids more independent
100 Dominican special needs kids more independent
100 Dominican special needs kids more independent
100 Dominican special needs kids more independent
100 Dominican special needs kids more independent
100 Dominican special needs kids more independent
Rosaura learning putting rings on a peg
Rosaura learning putting rings on a peg

We have great news today!  But before letting you know what it is, I would like to share the stories of Rosaura and Wilmy with you!!

                                                  Rosaura

Rosaura lives with her father and two younger brothers. She has cerebral palsy which affects her entire body and limbs. Because her father works all day and her brothers attend school, she spent her days laying on her bed and could not leave there because of her condition. Instead of talking, she howled like the dogs that she heard howling from her room, she hurt herself and was aggressive with other people. The family sought help from the Fundación Cuidado Infantil Dominicano and a community Rehabilitation worker began working with her and her family. Rosaura was already 13 years old at that time. A year later Rosaura spends her days with an aunt and enjoys the time with her brothers and her father at night when they return from work and school. She can now eat alone, drink from a glass, move around the house in a wheelchair, communicate with gestures, go outside to get some sun and has learned to have limits. Everyone is happy with the important changes in Rosaura's life and that of her family.

                                                    Wilmy

Wilmy Martínez is a 15-year-old young adolescent who suffered a brain hemorrhage at birth, which caused delays in different areas of his development. He had never been to school, but he knew his numbers and was doing simple math when he entered the adolescent program in March 2016. A year later, Wilmy recognizes the letters of the alphabet, writes his name, multiplies without difficulty and even read a few paragraphs with help! He always joyfully attended and supported others.  In 2020 Wilmy graduated from the program and is working as a salesperson at an aunt's variety store.

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I hope this gives you a little more idea of our work with the families of children with special needs and the adolescents and young people living with disabilities.

First I want to thank you for your continuous support of our programs and the good news is that this week from March 8 to 12 there is a fundraising campaign.  All donations up to USD50 dollars will get a 50% match from the GlobalGiving platform. 

We appreciate all the support you can give us and would encourage you to share this report with familiy and friends.

 

Rosaura
Rosaura
Wilmy receiving his certificate
Wilmy receiving his certificate
Wilmy working in the variety shop
Wilmy working in the variety shop
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Angel
Angel

Since September, our staff have started to visit the families in order to re-evaluate the children to make sure we are sending them via WhatsApp the most appropriate activity to be practiced.

Here I share the story of two boys from our program:

Hi, I am Angel and I'm 12 years old.  I have no brothers or sisters. My mum learned about the FCID program through the community worker Adalgisa. I entered the program when I was 8 years old. I didn't understand much of what they were teaching at school at that time, as they just past me on to the next course without having to get any good notes. This is policy of the Ministry of Education until getting to the third grade.

My mum died a year ago and I now live with my aunt Charo. This makes me sad sometimes. I miss my mum a lot, but my aunty is very nice and helps a lot with teaching me new skills.

Every week Adalgisa taught my mother, and now my aunt, how to teach me something interesting and during the past 4 years I have learned to distinguish and name colors and the letters of the alphabet, read and write just a little, I am better at just copying!   I also learned to draw, add and subtract and much more.  Even during the pandemic Adalgisa continued to send my aunt activities.

This year I finally passed to the fourth grade   

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Hi, I'm Ismael and I'm 11 years old. I live with my mum in Santiago. I have 2 sisters back in Haiti. We are all three from different fathers. 

I entered in the program when I was 7 years old. The promoter Ada taught me at home because I did not learn at school. It was much better than in school, because Ada continuously encouraged me to learn in a fun way and helped my mum to do so also.

I was always waiting for her with a smile.

During her weekly visits she helped my mother to teach me daily and that way I finally learned the alphabet, reading and writing, my colors, even though it still is sometimes hard for me to remember well how to write the letters. I also learned to add and many other things like the days of the week, the Dominican holidays etc.

During the pandemic, my sister came from Haiti and she was helping me with my classes, because my mother works during the day. Also three months ago she had a baby and now i am an uncle!

During the last visit in the past week, I graduated from the home visiting program because I already learned everything from the Portage milestone list and Ada invited me to start attending a group of teens where I can learn even more!

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I hope you enjoyed reading the stories of Angel and Ismael.  Thank you very much for your support for our programs!  We hope to be able to continue our programs in 2021.

Therefore I invite you to put the Givng Tuesday matching campaign on your agenda.It will be on Tuesday December 1st! 

Thank you again in name of the children and families we serve! 

first visit after 6 months pandemic
first visit after 6 months pandemic
Ismael 6 yrs old
Ismael 6 yrs old
Ismael and his sister during last visit
Ismael and his sister during last visit
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Supervisor Delfina in 2015
Supervisor Delfina in 2015

The COVID19 situation in the DR does still not allow us to assume our regular home visiting regime.

Therefore I am going to take this opportunity to give you a bit of insight about the impact of our organization in the life of one of our supervisors and also mother of the program who have worked with the Fundación Cuidado Infantil Dominicano since 1994.

 My name is Delfina and this is my story

It all started in the year 1993 with the visit to my home in Cienfuegos in Santiago of two persons from the Fundación Cuidado Infantil Dominicano (FCID) asking me if I had a child with a developmental delay. In reality one of my 6 children Aneudy, did not talk very well, did not do well in school and was very unruly compared with my other children. So I was happy to have outside help with helping him to improve. At the time we were living a small wooden structure with one living room and only one room for us all to sleep in, with an outside kitchen and bathroom.

Aneudy was 8 years old when he enrolled in the program and I was trained by the FCIDin the Portage method in how to work with other families with children with developmental delays, being visual, auditory, mental of physical or a combination.

I first only started to work with 3 children, but after a year or so I visited 15 families. This provided me with income and helped improved the life of my family, because the humble income of my husband could not provide for all necessities. After 4 years I became an assistant supervisor, because I had decided to go back to school after having finished only 6 years of primary school. To become a supervisor I had to have a high school degree, and FCID helped me pay for my studies. I was somewhat scared because it had been 27 years since I had been in school and I was already 39 years old. But I looked to the future and thanks to God and the FCID I finished my high school. Because the program had helped Aneudy do better in school it just so happened we both graduated the same year in high school. Thus I became a supervisor with 8 community rehabilitation workers under me and supervising their visits to 65 children.

Because our income was now better, I started to take out loans to improve our living circumstances, I was able to build a house with blocks and pay for the studies of my children of whom two have now graduated from university and all six of them are working.

Thanks to the Lord and the FCID, I started to grow both spiritually, as a person and economically with the goal to improve our home, and today I know that faith can move mountains if we ask and trust our God with faith, humility and love.

I was a person who never went anywhere, I spent my days cleaning, washing and cooking for my family. I had no aspiration to improve myself. But God brought the FCID in my life to lift us out of the misery. After 18 years of working with the FCID I was let go, because of lack of funding, but with the severance pay I was able to finish the construction of my house, with an indoor kitchen and bathroom and three bedrooms.

I than lasted about two and a half year without working, and when I needed it most, FCID came to ask me to come back and I went back like a daughter going home with new goals.

The present goal I have is to help the FCID to continue to positively impact more lives of families with children with developmental delays and grow to break new records, God willing.

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 Delfina is a great supervisor and an inspiration for her community rehabilitation workers and the families they visit. We are glad she was willing to come back in 2015, reinforcing our program team and help us train new community rehabilitation workers.

An update on her son Aneudy: He has left the watchman service we reported on in one of our earlier reports, but has since started work as a cook in a restaurant and seems to have found the work he likes and he is also being appreciated as he has been working there now for a couple of years!

 Thank you so much for all the support you have given us through this platform and I would like to invite you to join Delfina in her goal to help grow our work and impact many more families in wonderful and empowering ways.

 This coming Wednesday July 15 there will be a Bonus Day with matching funds for donations above USD 100. all you need to do to give is to go to our GlobalGiving page and donate!

 The families of the children and adolescents with disabilities will be very grateful!

Delfina as a Community Rehabilitation Worker
Delfina as a Community Rehabilitation Worker
Delfina teaching developmental screening
Delfina teaching developmental screening
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Breiny and his mother
Breiny and his mother

This time our report is a bit different, because our community work has come to a halt and both our workers and our families are sitting at home riding out this period of world health crisis.

As we are working with the poorest families in the Santiago Province, many do not even have a smart phone, so working by using a camera is not an option for our work.  We just hope that the parents will continue to apply the principles of how to treat their children to bring out the best in them, also in this situation and to continue to challenge them gently in their development. 

We pray that their situation will not be affected too much by the situation and that they will be able to profit from the different actions from the Dominican government to supply special credit for essentials and food to the most vulnerable!

One more way our project has been affected is by the cancelling of the visits of end of term Physical Therapy students with a accompanying professional over the spring break.   They help us to get an annual evaluation of the children and adolescents and leave a written program that our workers follow, matching it up with milestones from the Portage method and other non-motor developmental areas to be stimulated, like language, social, self-help and cognitive development.

In this report I present you Breiny and Ruddy and their mothers . They live in an area about 3 hours travel away from the central office.  These two families came in for the annual evaluation of the annual visit of end of term Occupational Therapy students and professional in January leaving the same kind of help as mentioned for the PT students.

As they live so far away one of our workers visited them once every two weeks (until further notice right now) as it  takes her a whole day for these visits, leaving them a program for two weeks to follow.

The families are very grateful and both Breiny and Ruddy have shown quite a bit of improvement, not the least being more obedient, paying more attention and thus learning more skills that will help them hopefully to get into the local school.  We would have to go and investigate how this would be possible, but both boys have the potential, despite their Cerebral Palsy that mainly affect their movements.

We thank you for your support to our work and the families with the children and adolescents that live with disabilities.

We also hope that your own situation has not been adversely affected by this crisis and wish you and your family will continue to be safe and healthy!

May we all rely on our loving and gracious Lord and Father who is in control and does not want any of us to perish, but have eternal life!

Ruddy and his mother
Ruddy and his mother
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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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Location: Santiago de los Caballeros - Dominican Republic
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Trudy Bekker
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