What impact have you had?
309 DS families identified, signed up and awaiting services by Integrar. At present services offered are: Group 1: Mom & baby: neurosensory therapies, learning thru play sessions, special learning skills thru the computer; Group 2: Early childhood stimulation, speech (3yrs-9 yrs); Group 3: children 10yrs-Adolescence: Teaching basic reading and math skills, development of self help skills for future independence, speech and communication, carpentry classes reinforcing areas covered in other classes, and developing their fine motor skills, as well as the use of tools for building their wood projects, boosting their self esteem and confidence, along with discipline and behavior reinforcements. 100% of our children improved between 80-85% in their physical activities thru the physical education classes provided. Of the 26 kids served in Group 1, 48% are proud to be in Integrar´s Folk Dance Group. 14% of our school age children have been included in regular schools. 25% of the perimeter wall has been completed. The incidence of DS individuals neglected, hidden and/or stoned and mistreated because of so much ignorance, and taboos has diminished in 15-18% thru Integrar´s constant awareness propaganda and the help of the affiliated parents. Have formed 4 additional chapters in 3 major cities, whereby 2 have closed and 1 is still active and providing training to approximately 50 families. Integrar´s 2008 total operational income and expenses were met thru: 14% government, 37% International and 49% self raised; Years 2004 to 2007 thru funds proceeding from: 14% government, 8% International and 78% self raised on an average.
We´ve contacted our local congress for aid and support thru an SOS request. We´ve submitted a request to the Japanese government for aid in the construction of our first building. We´ve contacted local government offices for permits and additional aid in preparing 3.5 acre land for construction and have requested monetary aid for the operation of the center. We are actively participating in local and international grant contests and donations, like “Ashoka´s Changemakers”. Preparing and circulating as much as possible the institution´s profile and needs to send to Rotary Clubs and similar organizations. We are in the process of creating an incentive package, that will require funding, for the public and private schools to speed up the process of having effective mainstreaming of our DS kids in their schools, in spite of the predominant inefficient educational system in Honduras because of extremely overpriced private schools and extremely poor and inefficient public schools with just a handful of exceptions.
That sufficient funds are provided to INTEGRAR to allow us to meet our desired operational budget, which will allow us to improve the services, offered at present, since the much needed personnel is to be hired and to secure the staff considered valuable for their unconditional service provided to the DS individuals and their families. That construction funds are available to complete the perimeter wall and the first building for the transfer of our present services for the 50 children served, as well as the funds required for the construction of the rest of the DS Complex. That we will have more government aid and support to overcome our present difficulties. That funding is obtained to carry out the incentive program for the public and private schools in order to accelerate the process of effective inclusion/mainstreaming of DS children into the normal educational system. And parents more actively involved in the needs of their DS child or adult and those of INTEGRAR.
What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.
Year One: 1) Perimeter wall and 1st building are completed so that the services are transferred to Integrar´s new location, allowing the institution to prepare for future planned growth. 2) Sufficient funds for personnel, therapies and for administrative support. 4) Private and public schools identified and notified of the incentive plans. 5) Sports, Arts and Dance opportunities are highly improved. 7) Volunteer´s needs, programs and potentials are identified, once housing options are considered. Year two: 1) Required funds are secured for effective operation of the center. 2) Montessori material and tools are built and/or purchased, experienced staff is hired and 12 children enrolled (6+6). 3) Programs for babies and Moms are increased 4) Programs (Sports, Arts, Dance, Workshops) for Adolescents and adults with DS are increased 5) Carpentry workshop is built, relocated and producing for income generating activities 6) Funding met to incorporate private and public school incentive programs. 7) Mother´s and families more involved in various fundraising activities 8) Transportation options are secured for the children and families. 9) Bench Marking options are established with other global DS entities 10) Volunteer programs are operating 11) Construction of 2nd building. Year three: 1) Funds are secured for effective operation. 2) Montessori school is operating effectively and producing income and gaining experience. 3) Horse Therapy area completed 4) Construction of Multi-function Kiosk or Gym. 5) Volunteer and Bench Marking programs are running smoothly.
What would prevent your project from being a success?
Insufficient funding does not meet Integrar´s operational budget needs. Parents continue to be dependant and not wanting to get involved or take responsibility for the needs of the institution or those of their children. Schools are not receptive and motivated enough to want to make a difference by actively integrating DS children in their schools in spite of the incentive program. Integrar´s key professional person responsible for institution´s personnel needs (both ways) and for school incentive programs is not in control of what is expected.