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Educate 50 Kids with Disabilities in Honduras

by Un Mundo
Educate 50 Kids with Disabilities in Honduras
Educate 50 Kids with Disabilities in Honduras
Educate 50 Kids with Disabilities in Honduras
Educate 50 Kids with Disabilities in Honduras
Educate 50 Kids with Disabilities in Honduras
Educate 50 Kids with Disabilities in Honduras
Educate 50 Kids with Disabilities in Honduras
Educate 50 Kids with Disabilities in Honduras
Educate 50 Kids with Disabilities in Honduras
Educate 50 Kids with Disabilities in Honduras
Educate 50 Kids with Disabilities in Honduras
Educate 50 Kids with Disabilities in Honduras

A blessing, that transformed the life of our daughter...

(Story of a mother of a family who has a girl with special educational needs)

 Many times, I dreamed of offering my daughter a quality education, however, too often the doors closed for a girl with special educational needs. The frustration was getting worse, and my dream disappeared. Our nights were long and agonizing.

The condition of being a child with special challenges in our country, excludes and marginalizes, something that, instead of helping, worsens the condition of the child.

 Suddenly a light of hope appeared in our life. The staff of the organization Un Mundo knocked on the doors of our house to offer the opportunity for our daughter to join the special education program; This is how my daughter's transformation began, making her learn to read, write and interact with all the children in her school and community. Today our daughter feels proud of herself, her self-esteem increased. Today he feels motivated to face every challenge of life, and says that: "When you want, you are able to achieve any dream"

After our experience, I have come to the conclusion that: "Dreams come true, when there are altruistic people and organizations that are capable of transforming sorrows into joys, that if there is perseverance, the impossible becomes possible".

This program has changed the lives of many children, who believed they would never be able to speak, walk, run... however, today there are so many fantastic stories of life changes, of dreams come true, of sorrows turned into joys...

I want my story to cross borders, to be an inspiration, to know about the great social work that the Un Mundo organization does, and that they can join this philanthropic work, to make the dreams of many parents and children that do not have the economic resources to offer quality health and education for your children.

I hope one day I can continue narrating more achievements reached by my daughter...

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Boy from our history
Boy from our history

Transformation of life.

In a community lived a child who suffered from paralysis, could not talk, walk, read, write, swim ... his condition excluded him from the rest of his brothers and children in the community. There was marginalization on the part of his family towards him, his life was stormy.

Despite not being able to express himself with ease, this boy had some dreams; I wanted to go to a school, learn to read and write, speak better and walk. In addition, he wanted to learn to swim, because in front of his house passes a beautiful river, and always wanted to enter those crystal-clear waters. In 2009 the dream of this child begins, and is integrated into the special education program promoted and promoted by the Un Mundo organization, and is added to the enrollment of a school in the city, which works with a special population. There the teaching focused on working all the areas that this child needed to strengthen. He spent 4 years attending this school, when he was finally promoted to join a regular school in his community.

In 2014 he was given a leveling test to know if this child could be integrated to the third grade, and to the teacher's surprise, his grade was high, surprising. So, this child started a new challenge in his life, being in a school where he could interact with other children who did not have a disability.

Every day he walked 15 minutes from home to school, he did not see it as a sacrifice, on the contrary, it was an opportunity to strengthen the thick motor of his body. His humility and simplicity made him connect easily with the rest of the children in the school, and soon his leadership within the school increased. His academic excellence made the admiration of other children grow towards him, and the self-esteem and confidence increased in that dreamer child, to the degree that he felt capacity to be able to alphabetize his parents who were illiterate.

The organization One World had a special educator who worked closely with this child, and complemented perfectly with the teacher to achieve the proposed goals. Thus, he spent three years, until in 2017 he graduated from his primary education, being the first child with a well-marked disability, who managed to complete his entire school.

"Without the support of the Un Mundo organization and the special education program, my dreams would not have been fulfilled. Today I can walk, read, write, swim, and I feel happy. Now come other dreams that I will fulfill "(Testimony of child of history).

Our dream as an organization is to continue transforming lives, and this inspiring story will serve as a motivation for us, the children, teachers and the population in general. We hope that our work contributes to the coming of new successful experiences of children who fulfill their dreams.

"All reality begins with a dream, then you strive to achieve these dreams"

Special thanks to all our donors, without their support this story would not have been narrated, and this transformation of life would not be possible. We hope to continue having your collaboration to transform more lives ...

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Special education, a window of opportunity ...

Special and personalized education was a utopia, even before our special needs program was launched. Today is a window of opportunity for children who belong to this innovative and innovative program, worth the redundancy.

This is the story of two girls and a boy from a community in the Cangrejal River Valley in northern Honduras, where extreme poverty, illiteracy, exclusion and lack of educational opportunities closed the doors. Their cognitive disabilities and the difficulties mentioned have not been barriers to their motor and cognitive development, thanks to the timely work of the special needs program promoted by the Un Mundo organization and the close work of the volunteer educator, who follows up at school and at home, in order to enhance the abilities of children.

These three children showed a behavior of low self-esteem, which made them have an aggressive behavior. However, after learning to read, write and express their feelings through drawing, they have reversed this, becoming academically outstanding children, and their behavior and relationship with their fellow students has improved markedly.

Having no chairs, tables, or tools at work in their homes has not been an obstacle to their learning, since they have been able to desire and hope to learn more. The volunteer educator of the organization Un Mundo carries out work using recycling materials and that are in the community environment, in order to create environmental awareness and to transmit a subliminal message that when it is possible it can ...

The history of these three children and their extreme poverty has served as inspiration and motivation for many more children, that poverty is only a social condition, but can not stop dreams from being fulfilled, because desire and will are more powerful. They are happy with all their learning, and stated that they dream of being doctors to help the rest of their neighbors, friends and children in general in their region.

I hope someday we can go back with their story, with their dreams fulfilled ...

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Out of respect for the privacy of the actors in the story, they changed their real names.

The dream of many children is to learn to read and write, this was Jorge's dream since he had reason.

Education in the region where Jorge lives presents many obstacles; Teachers with little or no preparation to work with children with educational barriers, few educational resources for teaching, multi-grade classrooms, etc.

Jorge presented problems of learning, motivation and self-esteem, a situation that makes it difficult to learn to read and write. Failure to make progress in the child's development made his mother feel sad and discouraged.

Jorge's mother in desperation to help her son sought help and integrated it into the special education and health program of the Cangrejal basin, which is promoted by the Un Mundo organization through the parents' association. It was here that he began with a psychological and educational evaluation to identify the causes and effects in the child, and to make an individual educational plan (IEP), which was developed between the psychologist, special educator, school teacher and parent, Making a comprehensive plan.

Today Jorge reads and writes to perfection, and helps the rest of his classmates with their homework, and literacy to their parents.

Dreams come true when one strives to achieve it, and Jorge with his mother can boast of this. Happiness came to their hearts with this achievement, and they inspire other children with educational and physical barriers.

"Thanks to the Health and Special Education program promoted by Un Mundo, I can now read and write well. Today I can say that I achieved one more goal in my life". Jorge

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 The Un Mundo Special Education and Health Program emerged in response to concerns of parents of disabled children who suffered from the lack of access to special education and health services.   During three years, with the support of Un Mundo, children were transported daily to a special school at the nearest town;  but the program could only support at most nine children, and it created problems for those few.  In addition to the long and difficult road they had to travel daily, children were separated from their families and friends.

 Finally, the parents of the disabled children, who make up the Parents Association that runs the project, accompanied by Un Mundo, decided to approach the local educational authorities to request the inclusion of their children into the regular school systems in their communities.  Several teachers and heads of schools argued they did not have the proper infrastructure nor the needed training to take care of children with disabilities.  However, the Parents Association, in conjunction with Un Mundo, had already anticipated this possible scenario and had previously prepared a network of young volunteers to take care of children and youngsters with physical-motor and learning disabilities in the classroom.  Thus teachers would have appropriate help in every classroom where a child with a disability was present.  This was one of the first achievements in our communities, thanks to the efforts of the Parents Association, the network of young volunteers, Un Mundo, and the unconditional support of our donors.

It has been a few years since we began the process of integrating children with disabilities into regular schools and we talked to one of the teachers who at the time was not very convinced with the positive results of our School Inclusion for the Disabled project.

We talked with Isabel Juárez, a teacher of generations who has contributed to the teaching of children capable of developing numerous skills in education and culture.  She has worked in the communities of El Pital and Toncontin in the Cangrejal Valley region.  During a meeting in 2013 with Un Mundo staff and members of the disabled children’s Parents Association, Isabel stated that she “had had many doubts about the program since we had never worked in special education and had not received training in that area. Now, everything has changed as result of training and motivation; as well as the support offered to children who have certain types of physical and/or mental problems.  All this has helped me as a teacher, educator, and person.  Now, I am more socially aware of people with disabilities.  

According to my perception, the program has caused a significant impact in each participating school.  This is especially true when we look at the excellent coordination that exists between the volunteers and the teachers.  The positive result has been the way children have been helped to overcome their limitations.  Today, I am not a teacher any longer.  I am a school principal. In this position, I can support teachers by raising awareness about the inclusion of children and youth with disabilities in our community’s regular schools.  All this has been made possible thanks to the support of our donors.”  

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