This project has re-opened the only school for children with development disabilities like autism in Tacloban. The school was founded by the mother of an autistic child when she realised that the government wasn't giving their kids the support they needed. The school was thriving before Typhoon Haiyan's, but it was damaged by the storm and now needs extra support. Your donations will pay teacher salaries, fund books, classes, and psycho-social support for children affected by the storm.
Children with special needs are among the most vulnerable members of society following a disaster. Even in the best of times autistic children in the area received little or no government help. Prior to the Typhoon parents of autistic children were able to work together to meet their kids' needs, but Haiyan has now crippled their livelihoods. Parents are now struggling to meet kids' basic needs in the wake of the disaster, so autistic kids' needs risk being overlooked.
The Aram Learning Studio sustained structural damage when Haiyan hit, lost all of its supplies, and was inundated with mud. We've repair the damage, replace lost supplies, and clean and repainted the building. This work has allowed the school to re-open, but there is insufficient funding to cover teacher's salaries and purchase support materials for the kids. This project will fund salaries, materials, and other items needed to give at-risk kids the enriching support they need.
Without the support of the Aram Learning Studio, many autistic children in Tacloban would receive no education at all, let alone any tailored to meet their unique needs. Without an education, the future would be bleak for these vulnerable kids as their parents struggled to survive in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. By investing in the most vulnerable of Tacloban's children, The Aram Learning Studop will change these children's futures.