OCHO believes that all children, irrespective of nationality, age, gender or ability, should enjoy a free and appropriate education without discrimination of any kind. Therefore, OCHO has teamed up with the municipality of Atima to make our next dream come true: the building of a school for children with developmental disabilities in Honduras.
The new school will serve over 200 children in the community who currently do not have access to interventions. The goal is to treat children and educate their families to enhance their potential for an active integration in their community and improved quality of life. The model of a rehabilitation and educational center like the one OCHO and CRIC-Atima envision is especially impactful in rural communities and among low-income families.
OCHO’s team of disability professionals has already begun training teachers and clinicians to provide services to these children.
Combining educational and rehabilitative services in the care of children with developmental disabilities, it will be the only one of its kind in Honduras.
This project continues to demonstrate our community-focused initiatives, which include construction of a water treatment plant, filling the new health center with medical equipment, and enhanced training of teachers and clinicians to care for their communities.
The current school “Abriendo Puertas” is not suitable to accommodate the needs and services that are provided by a group of volunteer teachers from Atima.
OCHO, the volunteers at Abriendo Puertas and the major of Atima, Don Tito Alcantara, are invested in making sure that the children with special needs in Atima and its surrounding villages have access to the best possible care and opportunities to help them reach their full potential. Families will have easy access to the knowledge, services and resources that they need to support their children in discovering this potential.
Our goal is to have this new innovative center open by summer of 2017. Take a look at the project:
Listen to Oscar, one of the children who attends the program at Abriendo Puertas. He express his gratitude about the work that OCHO brings to Atima:
You can help these children’s dreams come true by making a tax deductable donation. All funds will go directly towards this project.
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Contact the OCHO Board of Directors:
P.O Box 26162
Baltimore, MD 21210