"I want to work," is repeated continually in Matagalpa Nicaragua with unemployment for people with disabilities at 90%. In this agricultural coffee-based economy Familias Especiales (FE) started 5 small businesses to offer employment to train & integrate people who have never left their homes before to learn the "culture of work". The social team supports a psychologist in a wheel chair, to work with 40 young people with disABILITIES in On-The-Job skill training & social integration.
FE's Social Team is working with 40 unemployed young people with disAbility who want to work. They are untrained with no work experience needing: On the Job Training, Social Integration, social services, transportation & nutrition, depending on their disAbility. Many of their families are also unemployed & lack basic resources. The economy of Matagalpa Nicaragua is based on seasonal work with few available jobs, lacking conditions & awareness to hire untrained young people with disAbilities
5 small businesses in nutrition & environmental protection were started to support social services for people with a disAbility. They also offer: On the Job Training & Social Integration for young people with disAbilities. A psychologist plus a team of God Mothers (who work in the business) coordinate with the FE interdisciplinary social team to create individual plans for each worker including social services, transportation & nutrition to help them adapt to their work environment.
40 young people with a disAbility will be employed & trained on the job in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. They will work at jobs which benefit the natural environment & offer nutrition services to the community. While working with dignity they will help their families who lack resources, & learn the "work culture". The skills can be transferred to future employment opportunities, thus creating more awareness of people with a disAbility & improving employment conditions for others with a disAbility.